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What is Plaque and Why is it Bad?

Plaque is a sticky film that coats teeth and contains bacteria. When bacteria creeps into your mouth, it gets combined with leftover food particles; it starts to harden and eventually turns into plaque. ​If dental plaque isn't removed when it's soft, it hardens and becomes difficult to remove. Dental plaque is the leading cause of tooth decay, and can also lead to severe gum disease and tooth loss.

Why Do You Need to Get Rid of Plaque?

Cavities, also known as tooth decay or dental caries, are the breakdown of the tooth's hard tissues. This breakdown is caused by acids produced by the S.mutans bacteria found in plaque build-up on your teeth. This damage can lead to the formation of holes (cavities) and will eventually require the treatment from a dentist. It's essential to remove bacteria and plaque before they start destroying your teeth. Cavities can be prevented if you remove bacteria from your mouth before plaque transformation. Brushing with ION-Sei helps you remove the root of the cause before the decaying process begins.

What is S.mutans?

Streptococcus mutans also known as S.mutans is a type of bacteria that inhabits the mouth and is the main contributor to your tooth decay. When we consume sugary food and fermentable carbohydrates, S.mutans metabolize them and turn the food into acids that dissolve tooth enamel, eventually forming tiny openings known as cavities. Damaging the tooth enamel could also lead to other issues such as sensitive teeth to hot and cold and discoloration.

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How ION-Sei Make Plaque a Thing of the Past

Brushing with ionic electric toothbrushes increases the effectiveness of the cleaning by utilizing a natural chemical reaction. ION-Sei generates highly unstable negative ions through photocatalysis and body circuit flow, these negative ions have a highly unstable nature due to their unpaired electrons. As a result, they seek out and take electrons from plaque and bacteria molecules. This weakens and destabilizes natural plaque attachment to teeth, allowing for effortless removal with brushing. Also, the negative ions create a coating barrier around the teeth, repelling the negatively-charged S.mutans particles from adhering to the surface. Since the ionized cleaning method does not involve aggressive vibrations that could damage your enamel, ION-Sei is favored by those with sensitive teeth and gums!

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How Negative Ions Clean Your Teeth

1. ION-Coating

The surfaces of your teeth will be safely coated with negative ions when you brush your teeth with our ionic electric toothbrush. This naturally repels the negatively-charged S.mutans and prevents them from adhering to the surface of your teeth. Think of two magnets that repel each other when their negatively charged poles are placed in proximity. This "ion protection" is 100% harmless, and it does not require chemicals like fluoride typically found in other dental hygiene products.

2. Easy Plaque Removal

Our electric toothbrush generates highly unstable negative ions through photocatalytic reaction and body circuit flow. In an effort to stabilize their molecules, negative ions seek out to adhere to the molecules of plaque build-up. The negative ions will even get in between the crevices of your teeth and inside your gum pockets, destabilizing the attraction between plaque and teeth. This reaction weakens the plaque attachment to teeth, allowing for effortless removal when combined with gentle brushing.

How Negative Ions Are Generated

When the ION-Sei ionic technology toothbrush is active, it generates negative ions from two areas: 1. The conductor panel on the handle where it's held and 2. A titanium dioxide bar placed inside the neck area where it touches the UV LED light. These negative ions have a highly unstable nature due to their unpaired electrons. As a result, they seek out and take electrons from plaque and bacteria molecules, thereby making those molecules unstable and easily removed.

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Negative Ion Generation 1:
Body Circuit Flow

ION-Sei has a small battery built into the handle of the toothbrush. The battery connects to a titanium dioxide bar that runs throughout the toothbrush and is exposed at the neck. When the titanium dioxide bar is moistened prior to brushing, and when your fingers come in contact with the conductor panel, the wetness creates a closed body circuit that flows from the toothbrush to the mouth. When you brush, a weak current is generated, and negative ions flood into your mouth through this body circulation.

Negative Ion Generation 2:
Photocatalytic reaction

Photocatalysis is a natural chemical reaction that occurs when a light source interacts with the surface of a titanium dioxide bar. This reaction is recreated when the ION-Sei toothbrush is activated, and UV LED light reaches the titanium dioxide rod in the neck of the toothbrush. The reaction produces negative ions, which are then transferred into your mouth through liquid carriers like water and saliva. These negative ions are highly unstable molecules that seek out and adhere to S.mutans bacteria, the main source of your cavities.

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