Product review: Hydrabrush, the 30-second electric toothbrush

July 18, 2016
Amber Auger reviews the Hydrabrush, a toothbrush that can help some patient groups accomplish brushing in 30 seconds.

By Amber Auger, RDH, MPH

Despite our patients buying a recommended product, they may not use it properly for the optimum results. Limited dexterity and improper brushing techniques will continue increase the risk of periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Dental professionals focus on eliminating risks of poor home care with products and education. However, not all high-risk circumstances can be modified. Unwavering factors such as extreme dry mouth, illness, and assisted living can win the battle against the dental professional’s recommendations. Hydrabrush recognizes the challenge facing the oral health professional and has created a 30-second solution to proper homecare.

Clinically, studies have shown that only 34% of the population using an electric toothbrush use it for the full two minutes.1 The average brushing time with a manual toothbrush was 37 seconds.1 Hydrabrush recognizes the patient’s need for short, effective brushing and created the 30 Second Smile toothbrush.

With two toothbrush heads—one aimed at the maxilla and the other at the mandible—both arches can be brushed at the same time. The movement of the bristles in a back-and-forth motion allow for proper plaque removal with limited effort.

When determining which patients will benefit most from the toothbrush, think of the high-risk patients such as those with special needs, limited dexterity, and geriatrics, as well as orally defensive patients. Proper brushing can be achieved in 30 seconds, which means decreased pathogenic biofilm! Hydrabrush offers a variety of models including one equipped with a UV sanitizer and heads for patients with orthodontics.

Empowering patients to have proper home care is not always easy, depending on factors such as their medical complications, home environment such as assisted living, and dexterity. Understanding the link between systemic health and oral health, it is our duty to provide solutions to poor home care. The Hydrabrush is a wonderful alternative to meet the needs of patients with complex medical histories. It is available for purchase online at hydrabrush.com.

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Amber Auger, RDH, MPH, is a hygienist with over six years of experience in multiple clinical settings, including facilities abroad. This experience has allowed her to educate dental hygiene students and coach dental teams on periodontal systems to optimize practice growth. She holds a full-time position at an elite dental office in Boston, and owns her own dental consulting company. Amber obtained master’s in public health from the University of New England and her bachelor’s of dental hygiene from the University of New Haven. Amber specializes in pediatric education, periodontal education, and continues to create progressive systems. She is a key opinion leader for several elite dental companies and a published author. She can be contacted at [email protected].


1. Stern et al.Journal of Oral Health. The Hydrabrush/30 Second Smile Tooth Brush- Improving Gingival Health in Less Time, A Randomized Clinical Trial. Available at: http://www.esciencecentral.org/journals/oral-hygiene-and-health-abstract.php?abstract_id=52279. Accessed July 15, 2016.