How the Soladey ion5 ionic cleaning process works
Ionic cleaning starts with solar power.
If you drive across Texas today, the most amazing thing isn’t the traditional oil wells, it is the wind farms. Miles and miles of spinning electrical power generators. And more and more, we are seeing the use of solar panels to provide power and light to products, homes and businesses around the world.
So why not a solar-powered toothbrush? Exactly!
Soladey was the first toothbrush to introduce and globally patent a solar panel power source in a toothbrush. Solar power meaning that a standard bathroom light source works fine. Just like your calculator. The sun – even better.
The solar panel charges a semiconductor that is encased in a medical grade stainless steel handle. The semiconductor connects to the “engine” of the toothbrush – the titanium dioxide rod. When water contacts the Ti02 rod, the ionic, oxygen-cleaning magic happens.
Negative good. Positive bad.
Usually negative is bad. But not so in the case of ions.
Your mouth is full of bacteria, food waste, dental plaque and who knows what you have put in there. All largely positive ions. Think of your mouth as the centre of a busy, dirty city. Now along comes a refreshing, oxygen-rich bunch of negative, bacteria fighting ions generated by your titanium dioxide rod in your Soladey toothbrush. So, going back to your high school science class, what will happen if negative ions are introduced into a positive ion environment? Could it be a magnetic attraction? Absolutely. But like love, it doesn’t always happen overnight. Some feel a difference immediately but we normally advise between 30-60 brushings. Then it only gets better from there.
At Soladey, we have developed our international brand with limited resources, so we don’t have deep pockets for research, advertising and such. But the research we have done has been telling. Most interesting was a finding that it takes time for the Soladey brush to show results – particularly when it comes to breaking down plaque. The reason for this is pretty logical. If you have years of build-up on your teeth and gums, you cannot change the oral environment overnight. But we do know, that somewhere between 30-60 brushings, the microscopic ionic affects start to translate into tangible changes – whether it be whiter teeth, a cleaner feel in the mouth or ease of flossing. All have been reported by our loyal users.
Significant research has been done in Japan where the toothbrush is manufactured. We are also looking forward to a major Texas USA-based clinical study of the ion5’s effectiveness due in early 2016.
Key Elements of the ion5 toothbrush
The ion5 Solar Panel
The ION5 solar panels are hand-welded to the medical grade stainless steel handle. Dr. Kunio Komiyama, of the University of Saskatchewan, tested the solar powered brush on two types of bacterial cultures that are contributors to periodontal disease. “You see complete destruction of bacterial cells,” he said.
The Negative Ion Generator
The Soladey ion5 toothbrush has a titanium dioxide rod at the bristles-end of the handle, which is light (via the solar panel) and water activated. When exposed to both, the photosensitive titanium rod creates negatively charged ions or electrons. These negative ions loosen and attract positive (hydrogen) ions from the acid in the dental plaque on the teeth. A light brushing sweeps them away.
Replaceable Bristle Brush Head
The Soladey ION5 handle should last a lifetime, though proper dental care requires the replacement of the bristle heads every 3-4 months – usually less often than other manual brushes because of a lighter brushing action.
Packs of 4 replacement heads, which fit ALL Soladey models (ION5, J3X, Eco, and future versions) are available in soft; medium; tapered bristles (for better cleaning in between the gum-line); the new rubber soft heads (designed for better adhesion); as well as smaller child bristle heads.