About Sensa Clean
Sensa Clean is an ionic toothbrush that claims to brighten teeth, remove bacteria, and leave you with a fresher mouth by generating ions to break apart plaque.
In fact, when compared to a standard toothbrush, the manufacturer tells us that Sensa Clean is clinically proven to reduce plaque by almost 50% while remaining “gentle on sensitive teeth and gums.”
To accomplish this, Sensa Clean works over three steps:
- Apply your favorite toothpaste to the bristles.
- Touch to activate the blue light.
- Millions of “cleansing ions” will break apart plaque bonds while you brush with the soft, round-tip bristles, which can eliminate the need for abrasive or aggressive brushing.
There’s little doubt that the basic concept behind Sensa Clean is intriguing. I mean, the science sounds legit—and who wouldn’t want less plaque and improved oral health?
But does science support Sensa Clean’s claims, or are you being sold an overpriced toothbrush with a gimmicky blue light? That’s exactly what we’ll help you figure out in this review.
How Does Sensa Clean’s Ionic Technology Work?
Here’s how the manufacturer explains it on the Sensa Clean website:
“Plaque bonds to teeth with electrostatic charge, but the advanced ionic technology of SensaClean™ sends in millions of healthy, cleansing ions to gently release the bond between plaque and teeth. Then, the soft, round-tip bristles gently sweep the plaque away for an extraordinary level of clean!”
What does the science say? Let’s quickly run through the basics while we break these claims down.
Your Quick Reference Guide to Ions
An ion is a charged atom or molecule. If the atom or molecule has fewer protons than electrons, it’s negatively charged; fewer electrons than protons and it’s positively charged.
Like magnets, similarly charged ions (two positive or two negative) are repelled from one another, while ions with opposite charges are attracted to one another. This attraction called an electrostatic charge, is what forms ionic bonds.
Is There Any Relationship Between Plaque & Electrostatic Charges?
Now, according to Sensa Clean’s manufacturer, this ionic bond is also what allows plaque—“invisible masses of harmful germs that live in the mouth” and can cause decay—to cling to the surface of your teeth. Is there any science behind this?
Ultimately, outside of websites promoting ionic toothbrushes like Sensa Clean, we didn’t find clinical evidence supporting the assertion that electrostatic charges cause plaque buildup. In fact, according to Colgate, plaque is a type of biofilm, which form over a 5-step process:
- Free-swimming bacterial cells land on a surface, arrange themselves in clusters and attach.
- The cells begin producing a gooey matrix.
- The cells signal one another to multiply and form a microcolony.
- The microcolony promotes the coexistence of diverse bacterial species and metabolic states.
- Some cells return to their freeliving form and escape, perhaps to form new biofilms.
Now, is it possible that an electrostatic charge allows the “gooey matrix” these cells excrete to stick to teeth? We’re not medical experts here at HighYa, but again, we didn’t encounter any clinical evidence on authoritative websites that backs up this claim.
What’s the Difference Between a Sonic Toothbrush & an Ionic Toothbrush?
In a nutshell, sonic toothbrushes work using heads that oscillate at very fast (or sonic) speeds. Basically, they utilize the same basic motion as brushing your teeth by hand, just at speeds that are thousands of times faster.
This is compared to ionic toothbrushes, which purport to break the electrostatic charges between plaque molecules and teeth.
Now, what’s all of this mean for you? We’ll loop back around to this topic in the final section, but let’s discuss some other important aspects about Sensa Clean before we get there.
How Much Does the Sensa Clean Toothbrush Cost?
Two Sensa Clean ionic toothbrushes will cost you $19.99 plus $3.99 S&H.
All orders come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H. In order to request one, Idea Village Products Corp.’s customer service department can be reached at 844-662-7212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s Up With Sensa Clean’s Arbitration?
Instead of going through a formal trial or becoming part of a class action lawsuit, arbitration agreements stipulate that, should you have a dispute with Sensa Clean’s manufacturer, you agree to waive these legal rights and settle the matter through third-party arbitration.
This is important because as soon as you place your Sensa Clean order, you’ll be bound to one of these arbitration agreements.
Now, how does Sensa Clean stack up against the competition?
Are There Any Sensa Clean Reviews? What About For Other Ionic Toothbrushes?
While there aren’t a whole lot of options out there, searching online for ionic toothbrushes will reveal some similar competition to Sensa Clean.
At less than $10 each, Dr. Tung’s, one of more popular of these ionic toothbrush options (and perhaps the original) is even less expensive when you factor in Sensa Clean’s non-refundable S&H charges.
Regardless of price though, none of these options tell us how they generate ions. So, from a functionality standpoint, it’s all but impossible to compare these ionic toothbrushes head-to-head or figure out which might provide better value for the money.
While Dr. Tung’s ionic toothbrush seems to come with mostly positive customer feedback, we’ll have to wait and see if the same holds true for Sensa Clean.
Overall, these products (like many ASOTV products) seem to come with mixed customer reputations. Some claim to have experienced positive results, while common complaints tend to reference less-than-stellar performance and/or quality, along with frustrating customer service experiences.
Again, we’ll have to wait until the customer feedback starts rolling in to know if you can expect to experience any of the same with Sensa Clean.
Now, let’s wrap everything up.
Are Ionic Toothbrushes Like Sensa Clean Effective for Plaque Removal?
When it comes down to it, there seem to be a couple fundamental premises behind ionic toothbrushes that aren’t clinically supported. Specifically:
- The underlying theory that plaque adheres to teeth using electrostatic charges, and
- That these charges can be broken using ion-generating toothbrushes, resulting in plaque that’s lifted away from teeth.
Furthermore, none of these manufacturers (Sensa Clean’s included) tell us how these toothbrushes are supposed to generate ions, or provide support for their claim that these ionic models can remove 50% more plaque than traditional toothbrushes.
However, we did find one Indian study from 2011 stating that “It may be concluded from the present study that though the sonic toothbrush was insignificantly superior to the ionic toothbrush, both the toothbrushes are clinically effective in removing plaque and improving the gingival conditions.”
Does this mean you should stay away from Sensa Clean? We’re definitely not saying this is the case, since hundreds of customers appear to have experienced positive results with other ionic models.
But keep in mind that if you decide to give Sensa Clean a try and end up dissatisfied, you could be out a few bucks in shipping.
Pro tip: If you’re looking for a brighter smile along with your clean teeth, be sure to also read How to Choose an At-Home Teeth Whitening System That Works.
Don’t leave us in the dark: If you’ve tried Sensa Clean, be sure to tell us all about it in your review below!