New or Trending Hygiene/Dental Products for Consumers in 2020

What’s in a name? We’ll find out here about some of the common consumer dental products that are on the market for purchase today. We’ve picked a few and listed out some of their specifications. So, if you’re in the market, hopefully you’ll find our article to be of value. The products we’ll discuss below are:

Activated Charcoal Toothpaste/Whitening Powder

Electric Toothbrush Technology including:

  • Burst
  • Quip
  • Waterpik® Sonic Fusion


At Home Scalers

CleanOral™ Ultrasonic Tooth Cleaner

Activated Charcoal Toothpaste/Whitening Powder: Is it safe to brush your teeth with activated charcoal?

It’s common for patients to ask about dental products for consumers, which can include using items like charcoal toothpaste or powder. The charcoal toothpaste is no different than if a patient used whitening toothpaste. It only removes surface stains due to its abrasive property but doesn’t whiten the tooth structure. Even though there aren’t any great dental concerns when using this product, there are some cons. It can leave residue along the gum line, especially if the patient doesn’t have great home care. Also, the charcoal can settle along gum lines or heavy plaque/calculus. In the end, the abrasive property can be harmful to areas of recession/exposed root structure, may even cause more sensitivity. At Nebraska Family Dentistry, we are always sure to stay up-to-date with the latest products, so we know what might work well for our patients.

Before and After Charcoal toothpaste

In addition, if a patient is using dental products for consumers like active charcoal for oral care, they may be using other products/supplements containing it as well. It should be noted that activated charcoal can interfere with some medications. Activated charcoal may also reduce the absorption of certain nutrients.

Medications affected are: 

  • Acetaminophen
  • Digoxin
    • Used for heart disease. It is a medication that helps your heart work better to send blood through your body. It strengthens the heart muscle’s contractions and slows your heart rate. 
      • types of digoxin include: digoxin (lanoxin, lanoxicaps, digitek) and digitoxin (crystodigin)
  • Theophylline
    • Theophylline is a relatively weak but inexpensive bronchodilator containing a chemical similar to caffeine. It relaxes the smooth muscle that surrounds the airways.
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
    • Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) have been used to treat depression since the 1950s. They tend to cause more side effects than newer drugs for depression. As with all antidepressants, you must take TCAs for a while before it starts to work. 
      • Types of TCAs include amitriptyline (Elavil), amoxapine Asendin), desipramine (Norpramin), doxepin (Sinequan), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor), protriptyline (Vivactil), and trimipramine (Surmontil).

Electric Toothbrush Technology: An Excellent Dental Product for Consumers. Are electric toothbrushes actually better?

There is a huge selection of dental products for consumers when it comes to electric toothbrushes. So, “which is the best?” Honestly, they’re all about the same as long as the patient is using them correctly.

Newer or trending models: 

burst toothbrush


  • Charcoal Bristle
    • Super soft charcoal-infused PBT nylon bristles: specially designed to remove surface stains. BURST has been clinically proven to provide up to 91% greater plaque removal vs. a manual toothbrush. The charcoal is naturally antimicrobial, which helps keep the bristles hygienic for the brush head’s lifetime.
  • 33,000 Sonic Vibrations Per Minute
    • Versus a manual toothbrush, BURST reduces gum bleeding up to 3 times more after just 15 days.
  • 2 Minute Timer
  • 3 Brushing Modes
    • Whitening, sensitive, and massage.
  • Powerful, Long-Lasting Lithium Battery
  • Cost $69.99, with a subscription replacement heads are $6.00 apiece.
quip toothbrush


waterpik sonic fusion


  • Sonic-Fusion® combines the power of an advanced sonic toothbrush with the Waterpik® Water Flosser. The toothbrush head features a built-in water flosser tip that pulsates from the center of the toothbrush, allowing you to use one device for both brushing and flossing.
  • Waterpik’s® clinical study found that Sonic-Fusion® is 2 times as effective as traditional brushing and flossing for reducing plaque and improving gum health. BUT NO STUDY ON HOW EFFECTIVE FOR PREVENTING INTERPROXIMAL CAVITIES OR INTERPROXIMAL CALCULUS!
  • Patients can use most mouthwashes in the reservoir. The exceptions are povidone-iodine and pure essential oil such as tea tree oil. If any agent other than water is used in the reservoir, you should flush the unit with water after using it.
  • Sonic-Fusion® includes patented water flossing brush heads
  • 2 minute brushing timer with a 30 second pacer
  • Advanced pressure control
  • Recharge indicator light
  • Includes deluxe toothbrush travel case
  • The price range is $169.99-$199.99

When it comes to dental products for consumers, Waterpik® isn’t generally a top choice. If a Waterpik® is used in combination with traditional floss, however, it can be beneficial. Also, if a patient is in full orthodontic gear, or they are older and have lost dexterity, then it can be better than not flossing all.

smile direct club

SmileDirectClub: Is the SmileDirectClub Safe?

What about the SmileDirectClub? The SmileDirectClub offers dental products for consumers and makes claims to straighten teeth without seeing an orthodontist. Generally, it is a good idea for patients to see an actual orthodontist so that the orthodontic treatment can be evaluated appropriately and monitored throughout the whole process.

At Home Scalers: Is it bad to scrape plaque off your teeth?

Patients have asked if they should use dental products for consumers such as a “pick” or “scaler” in-between cleanings. The short answer is, no! Often, a person ends up doing more harm than good. Instead, continue to focus on brushing twice per day and flossing daily. Here is an ultrasonic scaler that anyone can purchase online called “tooth stone.” If anything, the name can give you a good chuckle.


CleanOral™ Ultrasonic Tooth Cleaner: Do ultrasonic teeth cleaners work?

  • Effectively removes dental plaque, dental calculus, and stains. Remove hard tartar easily from teeth preventing gum disease.
  • Using CleanOral™ in conjunction with your current dental care routine will decrease bacteria levels in the mouth, resulting in fresher breath.
  • High-frequency vibration Remover. Physically remove dental calculus.
  • Safe Medical Dental Materials: Food-grade silicone/PC/ABS/304 stainless steel head; high quality, easily clean dental calculus, tartar, smoke, coffee stains, tea Spots, etc.
  • Five gear intensity adjustment, suitable for different needs, relaxation, and comfort.
  • Built-in rechargeable battery.