WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER, 2010 |
British Dentists Wary Of Solar Powered Toothbrush Gadget
A solar powered toothbrush has been given the thumbs down by the British Dental
Developed by University
of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry
students J.H. Lee and K.Y.J Li, the
Soladey-J3X solar powered toothbrush incorporates a solar panel that
transfers electrons to a titanium oxide semiconductor located at the neck of the brush. The electrons stimulate a reaction that facilitates the disruption of plaque and helps reduce
A recent clinical trial U of S College of Dentistry has found the Soladey-J3X is
more effective at reducing bleeding associated with gingivitis when compared to
a control brush. Investigators are currently preparing their findings for publication.
However, the British
Dental Health Foundation
has issued a statement saying that using a fluoride
toothpaste twice a day when brushing teeth is by far the best form of dental hygiene.
According to Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel
Carter, the ingredients in modern toothpastes are too complex for
"what is essentially 'a gadget'" to replicate. Dr Carter says more
tests are needed to be performed to see if the solar powered toothbrush can do
what it claims and to measure any potential long–term effects of not using
"As we know of, there is yet no substitute for brushing our teeth twice a
day with a fluoride toothpaste – and I cannot see that changing."
The Soladey-J3X toothbrush is already being sold in parts of Asia and Europe and
is also available online.
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