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Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

I've recently found out that everyone else on my team at work uses a Sonic electric toothbrush which is apparently the best thing since sliced bread! I'm foolishly still brushing the old fashioned way and feel a bit left out.

But having investigated in Migros, Interdiscount and Coop these are retailing for 200 CHFS. Its cheaper on t'net but is it really worth it? Will my teeth be gleaming white? Will I no longer suffer from cavaties? Will my dentist be amazed?
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Old 19.08.2008, 11:29
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I've recently found out that everyone else on my team at work uses a Sonic electric toothbrush which is apparently the best thing since sliced bread! I'm foolishly still brushing the old fashioned way and feel a bit left out.

But having investigated in Migros, Interdiscount and Coop these are retailing for 200 CHFS. Its cheaper on t'net but is it really worth it? Will my teeth be gleaming white? Will I no longer suffer from cavaties? Will my dentist be amazed?
Don't know about the sonic brush, but even the cheap electric ones are a massive boost over the regular old brush. The dentists recommend one that has a 3 minute timer too, so you brush enough.
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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

My dentist recommended the sonic brush. It's great and makes my lips tingle too...
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Old 19.08.2008, 11:31
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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

I LOVE MINE! I started using mine back in States and my dentist here always comments on how white my teeth are and how clean they are.
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They work as a contraceptive too. By the time you have finished brushing, and faffing around in the bathroom, your partner has gone to sleep.

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Don't know about the sonic brush, but even the cheap electric ones are a massive boost over the regular old brush. The dentists recommend one that has a 3 minute timer too, so you brush enough.
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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

The feel better when you clean with them (your teeth feel cleaner).

I know 2 dentists that do not recommend electric toothbrushes since they can lead to gum problems over time.
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Old 19.08.2008, 11:39
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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

Electric toothbrushes are excellent! I had a Sonic back home that I couldn't bring (110v) and I do miss it dearly. I have to brush the old fashioned way now. It was easier to keep my pearly American white teeth (as I am teased with having) whiter. And my teeth always felt nice and clean. My teeth just don't feel as clean now, even after brushing forever.
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They work as a contraceptive too. By the time you have finished brushing, and faffing around in the bathroom, your partner has gone to sleep.

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I think she must be doing something else....maybe making herself beautiful for you? But if you're asleep you wouldn't know!
Brushing with an electric brush doesn't take longer than with a normal one.

Seriously rachel888, I don't know about the sonic ones, but getting an electric toothbrush was the best thing I ever did for my oral hygiene. I will spare you the details, but I get top marks from the hygenist every time now whereas 12 years ago I was on the way to losing my teeth through gum disease.
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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

I bought an oral b sonic one about 2 years ago, and really do feel that my teeth are better for it. I used to suffer terribly with bleeding gums when I had my old ordinary toothbrush (think I was too heavy handed), but have had no probs at all since changing over. It really does feel zingy when you use it, and your teeth feel smoother somehow after cleaning. We've just bought my younger son one from the Coop think it was about 49Fr but that one doesnt have the 3 different settings, and no 2 minute timer on the brush like ours. Not used it myself to see if it gives the same performance as ours, but I suppose I could give it a test run and post the results !!!
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We've just bought my younger son one from the Coop think it was about 49Fr but that one doesnt have the 3 different settings, and no 2 minute timer on the brush like ours. Not used it myself to see if it gives the same performance as ours, but I suppose I could give it a test run and post the results !!!
That would be great swisscath... I had been wondering what the difference was between the cheap sonic ones and the super-duper expensive ones... it can't just be a two-minute timer can it!
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Oscillation frequency, compatibility of heads and batteries.

The expensive ones oscillate at 32000/min, and the cheap ones as low as 3400/min. Expensive ones have rechargeable batteries too.

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That would be great swisscath... I had been wondering what the difference was between the cheap sonic ones and the super-duper expensive ones... it can't just be a two-minute timer can it!
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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

Just remember to keep it in your mouth when it is switched on or you end up peppering yourself/the mirror/everything within a foot radius with a fine mist of toothpaste and spit.
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There is a good toothpaste also for white teeth, "Classic Trybol Kräuter-Zahnpasta". I started to use this once a day, in the evening and the regular toothpaste rest of day. Also using electric brush. Since I started to use this paste once a day, my teeth colour have improved with less plaque.

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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

I use the Philips Soni Care brush, my teeth were in a state when I came to Switzerland. I previously used an oral B brush and over bruished my teeth. After going to a dentist here I paid CHF200 or a so for a Soni care brush and havent looked back, fantastic product despite the initial reluctance of spending CHF200
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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

They're definitely worth the cash. I have horrible teeth, and my dentist has seen an improvement since I started using my Sonic. I don't take it with me on holiday, and I notice a major difference - my teeth don't feel as clean and there's more gunk on them even after brushing. Takes a few days back home to get them back to normal!
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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

Can we please not turn this into another Global Warming thread. If you really want to discuss the impact of CO2 then go to the appropriate thread for that. Thanks.
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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

Thanks everyone... will track down the cheapest Sonic I can find post haste! Here's looking forward to shiny, problem-free gnashers!

On a similar topic, someone else at work as recommended Elmex Gelee as a once-a-week fix for teeth - apparently it hardens up the enamel or something. (Not that all we do is talk about teeth at work )

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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

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!
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I think she must be doing something else....maybe making herself beautiful for you?
Perhaps those vibrating noises from the bathroom are not from the electric toothbrush....

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Re: Electric toothbrush - is it worth it?

The electric toothbrushes are definitely worth it. My dentist
recommended one for sure.
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