3 New dental products: Do they work?

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PHOENIX – There are some interesting new dental gadgets on the market and while they all sound great, Dr. John Badolato says not all of them live up to the hype.

He showed Kaley O’Kelley the 30-Second Smile Brush, the Soniccare Ultimate Clean and the Soniccare Airfloss.

30-second Smile – If you watch infomercials, you're probably heard of 30-second Smile. Badolato said he’s had many questions about this and while the theory is good, the execution leaves much to be desired. He also said there have been several customer-service issues with the company that sells the product. His advice? Steer clear.

Sonicare DiamondClean Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush – Sonicare has come a long way. Many say it sets the stand for electric toothbrushes. Badolato described this new product as the “Mercedes of toothbrushes.”

“It has a much better brush head, more power, different settings,” he said. “For people with sensitive teeth, it has a sensitive setting. A lot of electric toothbrushes, people with sensitive teeth can’t use.”

Sonicare AirFloss -- While flossing is always best, Badolato said this is a great alternative, especially for people who hate to floss. Similar to the concept behind the popular Waterpik, the AirFloss shoots out a microburst of air and water droplets to disrupt the formation of plaque on the teeth.

“My patients who hate to floss love it,” Badolato said.

Badolato, who handles the dental works for the Phoenix Suns, can be reached at 480-860-0092 or by logging onto www.StudioBSmiles.com. His office is located at 8952 E. Desert Cove, #108, in Scottsdale.