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The raised eyebrow from my sister, with "knowing" look, in the presence of my parents almost gave me a hernia, trying not to splutter some sort of protest of my innocence and that I very didnot have a vibrator buzzing in my baggage....
I once got the dreaded "Could Mr. Idiot please make himself known to the cabin crew..." on a flight back from London. Turned out they'd pulled my suitcase off the plane because it was vibrating. The crew were pissing themselves laughing as I delicately explained that it was my toothbrush.
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Old 17.07.2010, 15:28
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Years ago my dentist showed me a film on gum disease and it made me sick to my stomach. From that point on, I don't miss a day without flossing and I brush 2-3 times per day. I also switched to an electrical toothbrush back then and can't believe the difference in the health of my gums and teeth. I would definitely recommend and electrical toothbrush. I love it so much I can't brush with a regular toothbrush anymore. Even when I travel, I bring an electrical toothbrush with me.
Yeah I have to brush at least twice a day and maybe more if I eat something that makes my mouth feel not clean, and don't forget the tongue too! And flossing does make the difference too and a good antiseptic mouthwash afterwards! I don't see how people can have mouth piercings when the mouth is already so prone to germs as it is without foriegn objects imbedded in the tongue for food particles to get trapped in or around.


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I like mine and the better feeling of really clean teeth, when on holiday overseas, I take a battery operated one with me.

A word of caution though, these can cause embarrassment.

They are easily switched on at inappropriate moments, like for example, being picked up at the airport by my elderly parents accompanied by my younger sister and while putting my baggage into the boot/trunk of the car, the dratted thing could be heard buzzing merrily away.

The raised eyebrow from my sister, with "knowing" look, in the presence of my parents almost gave me a hernia, trying not to splutter some sort of protest of my innocence and that I very didnot have a vibrator buzzing in my baggage....

They are known to go off at the slightest bump to ones handbag, in important office meetings as well.

So while I favour them over conventional the conventional brush, they have their own special brand of hazard warning.
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My dentist recommended the Sonicare to *avoid* gum problems. The thing is - you must use it gently and at the correct angle. 45 degree angle into the gum line, without pressure. Then follow the contours of each tooth as you go around. If you're right handed be extra careful to get the pitch correct on the right side, vice versa if you're left handed. It strengthens your gums if you do it this way. Definitely whitens!!! It truly is the best thing since sliced bread! YAY. Worth the 200 CHF for sure.
So true!
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Old 18.07.2010, 06:20
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That must be really crappy for you guys. When I was pregnant I had this urge to ram the toothbrush right to the back of my mouth whenever I cleaned my teeth, seemed I just couldn't get it in far enough, I'd have to chew it and force it behind my back teeth.....was very strange. Never had the urge since thank goodness.
Wow, and I thought my gag reflex was strong! I nevr knew anyone could not tolerate brushing of the teeth!

Also are waterpicks any good? Are they beter than flossing? I saw a waterpick in the store the other day and was wondering if it's worth getting.
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Old 18.07.2010, 06:27
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What a post......im a religous brusher i carry a toothbrush and toothpaste with me every day...

i brush at least 16 times a day and can take up to 15 mins a session and i think my teeth are shrinking....should i reduce the time spent brushing or reduce the number of sessions a day.....

the electric toothbrush......what carbon footprint does the entire worlds population of electric toothbrush leave?????? think about the planet people
Are you serious? You are brusing your poor teeth away into non existence! Twice a day is all you need unless you eat something really spicy.
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Also are waterpicks any good?
I like it. I have some bridges and other heavy industrial fixtures in my mouth, where you can't get in between those and the gums with normal floss. So I began to develop a bit of bad breath and was the world's best customer of the mouth spray industry for a while. The water pick fixed that almost instantly. I fully recommend it, YMMV though.
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Old 18.07.2010, 21:39
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I like it. I have some bridges and other heavy industrial fixtures in my mouth, where you can't get in between those and the gums with normal floss. So I began to develop a bit of bad breath and was the world's best customer of the mouth spray industry for a while. The water pick fixed that almost instantly. I fully recommend it, YMMV though.
Okay cool! I'll give it a try then. Thanks!
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Old 18.07.2010, 21:48
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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

I can also recommend the regular, cheaper battery operated variety. Just don't make the mistake that I did though. I had mine in my handbag to take to work and whilst strap hanging on the tube in London it somehow got turned on and made a very loud vibrating sound. Suddenly everyone in the carriage was staring at me and sniggering!!!! I tried my damnest to explain it but I think that they all thought that I protesteth too much
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Old 19.07.2010, 04:29
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I can also recommend the regular, cheaper battery operated variety. Just don't make the mistake that I did though. I had mine in my handbag to take to work and whilst strap hanging on the tube in London it somehow got turned on and made a very loud vibrating sound. Suddenly everyone in the carriage was staring at me and sniggering!!!! I tried my damnest to explain it but I think that they all thought that I protesteth too much
Okay. I would die of embarassment if that happened! Hhahah!
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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

Ultimately, it only matters if one removes the PLAQUE, which is the soft sticky full-of-bacteric stuff, which accummulates daily on our teeth. THIS IS NOT SO EASY....Therefore, for many of us, the new sonic electric toothbrushes are a big advantage. (especially for people with crown and bridge and implants restorations)

If you remove the PLAQUE (the soft stuff), you won't get the TARTER (ZAHNSTEIN....hard stuff), which wedges between your gums and teeth causing gum disease...

Most important, remember to clean BETWEEN your teeth....(I know...I HATE Floss as well...but I do it....ugh)

Combine this with routine HYGIENE and you will have a GLEAMING smile and a much fatter pocketbook!
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Old 19.07.2010, 15:14
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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

Waterpik vs the Oral B sonic?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Waterpik-Sen...544947&sr=8-12

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Braun-Comple...9544947&sr=8-1

Any advice?
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Old 19.07.2010, 15:33
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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

I've had both and am happier with the Oral B one. The Waterpik broke twice during the guarantee period (on both occasions while I was on vacation so somehow they don't like to travel). The shop replaced it both times without any hassle, mind you. I've now been using the Oral B for several years and never had cause to complain.
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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

Can't really say...there are soooo many on the market, although i prefer the ones with a plug and rechargeable batteries. The battery only ones are just too weak.

I am always skeptical, as many of the dental congresses are supported by one company or another. Naturally, they always promote their own products. At the moment, the big names are Oral B Complete and Philips Sonicare.

Most important is to remove the plaque thoroughly each day. You can buy little red (or blue) tablets, meant for chldren, to check the effectiveness of your plaque removal. Ask for einfarbungtabletten at the pharmacy. (PLEASE do not get on towels or clothing...your wives will KILL ME) Brush your teeth, then chew up one tablet, swish around the saliva and crushed tablet in your mouth until teeth are covered, EXPECTORATE (spit...) and look for red or blue marks on your teeth...if there are none....BRAVO....clean teeth.

IF you have dark red or blue on your teeth...brush again...or find another method...or see me..

IF you already have one of these electric toothbrushes, use the tablets to check if they are working, or if your technique is good. As with manual toothbrushing, the technique is important.

There are basically two types of electric toothbrushes; rotary or sonic. The rotary spins around and mechanically brushes off the plaque. The sonic uses a vibration motion, which help to dislodge and disrupt the bacterial film on our teeth. Generally, the sonic are more effective for people with bridges, crowns, periodontal pockets and areas of abrasion, which is just about most people. The rotary are good for teenagers. Hope this helps...

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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

My first post on the English Forum, so in some respects a little test..

I recently took a look around for hydrodynamic/sonic toothbrush recommendations. The SSO (Swiss Dental Association) favour the following. The prices are the lowest I found on the CH internet :
  • Waterpik Sensonic Professional SR 1000E (from S.Fr.138)
  • Philips Sonicare (from S.Fr.172)
  • Panasonic DW-40 mit Dreikopf (not found in CH)
  • Braun Oral-B Sonic Complete (from S.Fr.105)
As some (not all) models tend to show battery "memory effect" if used otherwise than prescribed in the owner's manual, It's probably best to seek advice before buying. No point buying problems.

Operate one of these with a hard brush and it can be like having a tiny, wild animal loose in your mouth. The result, though, is silky smooth.

For German speakers, here a couple of informative links:


http://www.sso.ch/index.cfm?uuid=6F0...CER_AUTOLINK&&


http://www.richtigzaehneputzen.ch/we...einigung_d.pdf

www.richtigzaehneputzen.ch

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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

Excellent information and links. Only I would NOT recommend a hard toothbrush....because of gumline recession...a soft one is far more flexible, reaching into the dental sulcus and interproximal areas.

http://www.toothiq.com/dental-diagno...-overview.html
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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

Resurrecting this thread ..

Looking for a new electric toothbrush. Want one with a small head (currently use Philips Sonicare and even the so called "small head" attachments are too big for comfort for me) and was wondering about whether a sonic one was worth it. Looked on here .. posts and posts about how great they are, then searched on the web and found "Which UK" (a consumer association) who state

"Sonic and ultrasonic toothbrushes: these claim to emit sonic vibrations to the teeth to break down plaque. Ultrasonic frequencies start at 20,000 1scillations per second but, despite manufacturer claims, when we last tested electric toothbrushes none was even remotely close to achieving this.

This type of electric toothbrush tends to be expensive - and our dental experts are sceptical about whether they can transfer the vibrations to teeth. There’s no proof that they remove plaque better than electric toothbrushes without sonic claims, either."

http://www.which.co.uk/home-and-gard...ic-toothbrush/

I asked my dentist and, guess what, he recommended Philips Sonicare too. So should I just assume in the light of the Which information that this is because dentists are "tied in" to brands and support them for reasons other than hard research? This would surprise me but maybe I am a little naive?

I'd be grateful for any recommendations - particularly where I can buy one at a good price (should I go into Germany or France)?

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I'm going to keep my eye out for that stuff. I can't bear cleaning my teeth (due to an exceptionally strong gag reflex I vomit each time I do it). I'll check to see if it is suitable for kids too. Our girl has fabulous teeth - which I put down to fluoride tabs/drops while we lived in Asia and I'd like to keep them that way rather than the abortion which is my gob!
With your left hand, make a fist by wrapping your fingers around your thumb and squeeze tightly - this suppresses the gag reflex.
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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

I honestly don't think there's a big difference from one electric toothbrush to another, expect maybe in terms of longevity. What does make a difference is the brush itself. Choose the softest possible (Oral B does an ultra sensitive one).

My routine generally involves first using the electric toothbrush, then a tongue scraper, then flossing and then a normal toothbrush. All are the super soft kind. And yes, I happen to have gloriously white teeth. Never had a cavity or any kind of dental work done. ;p
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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

My hygienist recommended not using the oscillating electric toothbrushes, rather use the sonic brushes which are shaped like a classic toothbrush.

Some of them are too harsh on teeth and gums and can do more harm than good if used over a long period.

I binned my Oral B Vitality and started using the Sonic one and had less gum pain in certain areas of my mouth.
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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

I am 49, use a normal toothbrush & have never had a filling. How would I benefit from sonic waves?
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I am 49, use a normal toothbrush & have never had a filling. How would I benefit from sonic waves?
For me I find it's not such a gruelling session with the hygienist because it tends to keep that concreted build-up to a minimum (for me, anyway).

I've also been blessed with good teeth having only had 2 fillings in my life plus one tooth fixed through a bash in the gob so a conventional toothbrush would probably be enough for me, too, but I've definitely noticed a difference in the treatment each time I go to the hygienist and that makes it all worth it for me.
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