Americans are still suffering an epidemic of gum disease – the first stages of which are called “gingivitis,” which is an inflammation of the gum line caused by a buildup of bacteria. According to the USDA, 75% of adults over age 35 have some form of gingivitis.
In principle early-stage gum disease can be reversed by removing plaque and bacteria just below the gum line through daily flossing and brushing. Unfortunately it can be tricky to brush in a way that cleans below the gum line.
Supersmile has developed a line of toothbrushes with angled bristles that they claim more reliably attacks this critical gum-tooth interface. We tested their latest, the Supersmile Series II LS 45° Advanced Sonic Pulse Toothbrush.
For years we have used the Oral-B ProfessionalCare electric toothbrushes, which have the distinctive round brush heads. The Supersmile has a more traditional elongated head. It also has many of the features common to higher-end electrics, including multiple modes (Clean, Gentle, and Pulse) and 30-second and 2-minute timers. The idea is that you’re supposed to spend 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth, and that you’re supposed to brush for 2 full minutes.
The Supersmile was far more gentle than the Oral-B: Even in its “full-power” clean mode it didn’t irritate sensitive roots on which I have learned to tread gently with my regular brush.
Obviously I’m not a dentist and I’m not running a clinical trial. Supersmile notes that this is the only sonic toothbrush on the market with the ADA-recommended 45°-angled brush head. For people with sensitive teeth, and for those who are struggling to stay ahead of gum disease with their current brushes, the Supersmile Advanced Sonic Pulse Toothbrush may be worth a try.
Want it? Get it from Supersmile’s online store — $99 with a 30-day money-back guarantee!