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The micro-cleaning process


What is the difference between electric, sonic and ultrasonic tooth brushes?

Electric and sonic toothbrushes work mechanically. They rub small particles of abrasive materials, carried inside the toothpaste, against the enamel. The amount of abrasion is specified with the so-called RDA value. In order to guard against potential damage to the enamel through mechanical abrasion, the smaller the RDA value the better. Typical toothpastes have a RDA value of 70–130. These brushes operate with a mechanical vibration, rotation or swing of 20,000-30,000 vibrations per minute. Our emmi-dent Ultrasonic toothbrush uses ultrasound. It works motionlessly, rather than mechanically, without friction or pressure and with a maximum of 96 million cycles per minute. In addition to the micro-cleaning process our Ultrasonic toothbrush acts prophylactically and has a therapeutic effect.

What is the difference between emmi-dent and a regular toothbrush?

The emmi-dent product looks and feels like a traditional electric toothbrush, but really isn’t working as such, since it cleans with ultrasound. Existing toothbrushes (e.g. manual brushes, electrical brushes, sonic brushes) work mechanically (20,000 - 30,000 vibrations per minute) by brushing bristles against the enamel (we call this macro-cleaning). emmi-dent works without any motion and rather by ultrasound (we call this micro-cleaning with up to 96 million oscillations per minute). 

What are the advantages of the ultra-micro-cleaning versus the regular macro-cleaning?

emmi-dent cleans in a very gentle way, because there is no need for mechanical movement. The cleaning effect is considerably better than that of macro-cleaning. emmi-dent Ultrasonic also breaks down bacteria, promotes blood circulation in the gingiva and releases body energy. The ultrasound is also very effective against bleeding gums, bad breath and prevents periodontitis (gum disease), mouth ulcers and other dental diseases.

Why is emmi-dent working better?

Manual, electric and sonic toothbrushes clean only where the bristles reach and necessitate the use of abrasive toothpastes. By contrast, emmi-dent’s ultrasound cleans everywhere, even in places where dental floss cannot reach. Ultrasound cleans much more thoroughly than ordinary toothbrushes, and can even clean deep inside fissures and gum pockets (due to the ultrasound waves penetrating deep into surrounding tissues).

How is it possible to remove debris with ultrasound?

The ultrasound is generated by a microchip in the toothbrush head and transmitted via each bristle directly into the micro-toothpaste. The ultrasound generates thousands of micro-bubbles. These bubbles implode with the ultrasonic vibrations and remove impurities such as food remnants, tartar, bacteria, staining etc. This happens motionlessly and so you will not feel or hear this happening.

Why is micro-cleaning for implant patients so important?

With implants, there are two major problems: First, cleaning the teeth in the first 4-6 weeks after placing the implants is impossible with regular brushes because of infections and irritations. Cleaning the teeth with emmi-dent ultrasound is possible even immediately after setting the implants and it’s thoroughly recommended. Studies have shown that peri-implant problems, e.g. gum pocket formation, suppuration, etc. can be prevented in most cases. This benefits both the patient as well as the implantologist. The second major problem with implants is the so called 'micro-gap', a small gap remaining between the implant, adjoining tissue and crown. Normally this gap is very small (typically between 2μ to about 45μ depending on the quality of implant), however, through this gap dirt and bacteria may enter and lead to suppuration. Bacteria quickly multiply and create bacterial colonies. Only through ultrasonic micro-cleaning can one break down these bacterial colonies and safely remove them.

Do you have to use the emmi-dent micro-bubble toothpaste?

Yes, only our special micro-bubble toothpaste has been specifically developed to create millions and millions of micro-bubbles. One tube of our emmi-dent micro-bubble toothpaste 75ml will last for approximately 6 weeks.

Is ultrasound dangerous?

No, the ultrasonic waves from an emmi-dent Ultrasonic toothbrush are absolutely safe. Ultrasound has a multi-decade history in medicine for various purposes. It is harmless. Medical research has shown that ultrasound up to 50 watts is not harmful to the human body. The ultrasound used in the emmi-dental models uses only 0.2 watts.

Can emmi-dent micro-cleaning be used for inlays?

Yes, ultrasound can be used to clean inlays, crowns and fillings. There are no negative effects when using ultrasound.

Is ultrasound dangerous for children, mature adults or people with a pacemaker?

No, the ultrasonic waves from emmi-dent are absolutely safe for everybody. It also poses no harm to anyone with a pacemaker.

How long shall I clean my teeth with emmi-dent? Is the use of emmi-dent over a longer period dangerous?

Using emmi-dent is absolutely safe for use over any period of time. You may use it daily for many minutes or for years. There is no risk at all to your health.

How do I clean correctly with emmi-dent?

Typically the emmi-dent brush covers three teeth. To clean these teeth, hold the brush head to the teeth for approximately five seconds. If our teeth are very dirty (e.g. through stains from coffee, red wine, food or nicotine), just clean for a little bit longer.

I heard that your ultrasounds gadgets have further positive effects besides the thorough cleansing. What is meant by that?

Ultrasound acts prophylactically to avoid dental disease. By using our emmi-dent new ultrasonic technology you can be sure of a real prophylaxis – only ultrasound breaks down the germs and bacteria which form the foundation for all our dental diseases that the immune system can’t destroy by itself. Ultrasound breaks down bacteria and takes away the foundation for dental disease. Furthermore, ultrasound promotes a better blood circulation within the gingiva (gums) and releases body energy, which acts prophylactically as well. Ultrasound has a therapeutic effect, because it not only breaks down germs and bacteria on the surface of the teeth and gingiva such as plaque and tartar, but also breaks down germs and bacteria deep down within the gingival tissues. Ultrasound works on and destroys bacteria and abscesses at the periodontium and dental root (gingivitis, periodontitis, peri-implantitis). Nourished by better blood circulation in the tissue and the release of body energy, the proprioceptive body defences increase significantly and healing can be supported and accelerated.