The University of Sasckatchewan dentistry professor emeritus Dr. Kunio Komiyama is recruting 120 teens willing to brush with a prototype light-powered toothbrush.
The manufacturer, the Shiken company of Japan, is paying the researchers to investigate wheather the brush does a better job of eliminiating plaque and bacteria than an ordinary toothbrush.
The prototype Solady- J3X, uses a solar panel which transmits electrons to the top of the brush and it’s believed to work better than the original Solady Ionic Toothbrush which contains a titanium dioxide rod in the neck of the brush, just below the nylon bristles.
When exposed to any good light source the photo-sensitive titanium rod (TI02), located in Soladey’s handle, releases ions which permeate the saliva to effectively break down plaque on a molecular level. The polarity of the tooth surface is temporarily reversed preventing plaque from sticking to the surface of teeth. This Ionic action disintegrates plaque in places one cannot reach with bristles, rinse, toothpaste or interproximal devices.
What is Soladey?
“Soladey was invented in Japan by Dr. Yoshinori Nakagawa. The name originates from the words ‘Solar’ and ‘Dental’. Dr Nakagawa knew that negative ions could be generated from titanium when this metal was exposed to light and water. As with other industrial applications such as water purification and air filtration, ionic power is not a recent discovery. Soladey was first manufactured in the early 1980s and this light activated toothbrush is now used daily by millions of people in Japan primarily, but also now in many other countries.
Soladey looks like an ordinary toothbrush, but closer examination reveals a titanium (metal) ionic conducting rod, which runs through the replaceable bristle head and into the handle.
This rod is the secret to Soladey. It’s made of a patented solar conducting material that allows light, by photoelectric activity, to be converted into a natural energy source which kills the harmful bacteria in your mouth. The bacterial population in your mouth has direct impact on your body’s health, the same way that your intestinal flora can influence your general health. The more alkaline your gut the cleaner your teeth will likely be. With today’s diet it is a challenge to maintain balance. Soladey helps to fight and neutralize the acids that cause bad breath and tooth decay, and the effects can be felt long after you finish brushing!”
Clinical studies show that titanium exposed to a light source has an excellent bacterical capacity against Streptococcus mutans., a micro-organism found in the mouth that is particularly related to dental caries.
(Onada et al. photocatalytic bactericidal effect of powdered TiO2 on Streptococcus mutans bateria., Denki Kagaku, 56, 1108-1109, 1988).
In Japan a clinical report on titanium toothbrushes found that dental plaque removal was significant during the early phase of plaque formation and concluded that the brush was effective in the control of plaque.
(Kusonoki et al. A study on the effect of the solar energy toothbrush on the control of dental plaque. J Osaka Odont. Soc., 49; 550-559, 1986).
Another Japanese study concluded that improvements in gingivitis and oral hygiene can be expected by using a toothbrush equipped with a titanium semiconductor.
(Niwa et al. Clinical study on the control of dental plaque using a photo energy conversion toothbrush equipped with a TiO2 semiconductor. Shigaku Vol. 77 No. 2 August 1989).
A clinical study conducted at a Canadian College of Dentistry indicated that removal of plaque – from buccal surfaces especially – was more apparent using the ionic brush than it was using the control brush without semiconductor.
(Hoover et al. Clinical evaluation of a light energy conversion toothbrush. J. Clin. Periodontol. 19: 434-436 1992).
The Key Technique for Best Results
For best results, brush all the surfaces of your teeth thoroughly to remove any surface plaque
Keep as much light in your mouth as possible while brushing (60 watts or greater – 1 meter or closer to source)
Then concentrate on the inside bottom row of teeth, brushing lightly with a good light source, until the Ionic process begins to work
This Ionic process can be identified as a natural white paste that foams & builds up in your mouth
Your teeth will feel super polished when done…like you stepped out of the chair from a cleaning with your hygienist
Soak your Soladey daily in Hydrogen Peroxide or Grape Seed Oil for 2 – 5 minutes, in order to keep it free of harmful microbes or bacteria.
After use, if toothpaste was used, completely rinse Soladey to remove toothpaste
Toothpaste may cover the semiconductor, which blocks light from the metal rod
If this happens, you will not get the best possible results from Soladey
Do not separate the brush from the handle except for the purpose of replacement
Do not insert the semiconductor into your mouth without the brush head firmly attached
DO NOT SWALLOW YOUR SALIVA
DO NOT BRUSH FORCEFULLY: the gentle brushing action, combined with a good light source and your own saliva is all that is required for best results. It is important to understand that it is the light brushing action that creates the Ionization process in your mouth and not forceful brushing of your dental enamel. This is much easier on your dental enamel than using an abrasive such as toothpaste.
How much it costs?
If you buy if from here
it’s going to cost you $29.95 for the toothbrush and another $29.95 for four replacement heads