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Old 04-09-2009, 08:35 AM   #21
 
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Does the sonicare just a type of electric toothbrush, or does it use water pressure to clean?
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It's an electric toothbrush. The waterpik is the one that uses water pressure to clean. My dentist uses an industrial strength one to clean my teeth and I like it SO much better than scaling. I have one at home and use it a couple times a week. It works really well when you've had Mexican or Italian and the taste is stuck in your mouth and brushing/flossing won't get rid of it. I like to put a little listerine into the tank of water - makes my mouth feel very clean.

My sister HATES flossing - she won't do it at all. Her dentist has her use the waterpik. He says it's not as good as flossing, but if she truly won't floss then it's 2nd best.
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Does the sonicare just a type of electric toothbrush, or does it use water pressure to clean?
It doesn't use water pressure. It's an electric toothbrush that's supposed to also use sonic waves to remove debris. I don't know if that's a real benefit. I suspect any decent electric toothbrush would have similar results.
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I may try this again. I'm one of those ferocious brushers who tears up her gums.

I think it's a hang over from my past life as a dog.
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Another dentist-phobe here. Lots of poor dental care as a kid, lots of cavities (my sisters never had any. I have fillings in nearly every tooth!) and a crazy dentist even removed a molar without Novacaine! I didn't go to the dentist for many years after that.
I still fight the phobia but it's gotten a lot better.

Anyway, enough horror stories. I love my Sonicare. Much less time spent getting my teeth cleaned and that's a great thing!
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A reversal:

Love the dentist; hate the gyn visits. That internal poking and scraping for my annual pap ---- ick.
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Funny story

I was having breakfast at a restaurant with this guy I'm seeing and we started talking about our various issues with needles and doctors and stuff.

So I started saying how I didn't deal well with doctor's visits of any kind, except for the OB/GYN. I said, "I would much rather have someone poking around down there with a speculum than someone poking me with a needle."

Right as I said the word "speculum" the waiter walked up to see how our food was. He heard that one word, turned on his heel and walked away.



[He came back again a bit later to check on us. We left him a nice tip. ]
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I stopped by my dentist's office to pick mine up today .

It's charging right now!
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Funny story

I was having breakfast at a restaurant with this guy I'm seeing and we started talking about our various issues with needles and doctors and stuff.

So I started saying how I didn't deal well with doctor's visits of any kind, except for the OB/GYN. I said, "I would much rather have someone poking around down there with a speculum than someone poking me with a needle."

Right as I said the word "speculum" the waiter walked up to see how our food was. He heard that one word, turned on his heel and walked away.



[He came back again a bit later to check on us. We left him a nice tip. ]
I wonder what he thought about as he walked away......
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Old 04-09-2009, 03:57 PM   #30
 
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I had and LOVED the Sonicare Intelliclean. Sadly, they stopped selling the toothpaste for it and then it died on its own. I need to get a new one, my mouth just feels so much cleaner when I use it instead of a regular toothbrush.
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I have a sonic care brush and I love it. My periodontist recommends sonic care and regular flossing. He discourages very strongly the use of a waterpik unless one has braces. He says the waterpik actually causes more damage to the gums by pushing gunky stuff further past the gumline.
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Now to your original question about electric toothbrush I was a cheapie and bought the colgate battery powered one (bought one for work and one for home) I LOVE IT!!

the Sonicare probably is better but for me I like the cheaper one!

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How many batteries are needed and how often are they replaced? Are the heads replaceable or do you have to trash the entire brush?
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Now to your original question about electric toothbrush I was a cheapie and bought the colgate battery powered one (bought one for work and one for home) I LOVE IT!!

the Sonicare probably is better but for me I like the cheaper one!

GOOD LUCK!!

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How many batteries are needed and how often are they replaced? Are the heads replaceable or do you have to trash the entire brush?
I have a similar one (Oral B). It takes 1 AA battery. If you brush for the recommended 2 mins, twice a day that battery lasts about a month. There are replacement brush heads available, I think a set of 2 costs about $6.
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Just brushed with the Sonicare for the first time. It did feel a bit ticklish at first! I like the smaller brush head - it gets into the crevices between my teeth much better than my Oral B battery-powered toothbrush.

So far I really like it . Apparently the power ramps up over the first 12 uses, so it'll be interesting to see what it feels like then!

Next up: tackling a few plaque building spots that are known trouble spots for me!
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Another dentist-phobe here. Lots of poor dental care as a kid, lots of cavities (my sisters never had any. I have fillings in nearly every tooth!) and a crazy dentist even removed a molar without Novacaine! I didn't go to the dentist for many years after that.
I still fight the phobia but it's gotten a lot better.

Anyway, enough horror stories. I love my Sonicare. Much less time spent getting my teeth cleaned and that's a great thing!
You poor thing! That's horrible!
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I have the Sonicare Flexcare and really love it (I read hundreds of reviews on all of the Sonicare brushes before I decided on this one). My teeth are definitely cleaner, smoother, and whiter since using it. I've had mine since November and had a checkup in January and it still took awhile in the chair with the horrible scraping but only because it had been almost two years since my last appointment! But luckily...no cavities. Obviously, this brush isn't a substitute for a professional cleaning but I think if I keep with my twice yearly visits and continue to use this brush and floss once a day, it will be a breeze from now on.
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Just brushed with the Sonicare for the first time. It did feel a bit ticklish at first! I like the smaller brush head - it gets into the crevices between my teeth much better than my Oral B battery-powered toothbrush.

So far I really like it . Apparently the power ramps up over the first 12 uses, so it'll be interesting to see what it feels like then!

Next up: tackling a few plaque building spots that are known trouble spots for me!
Fortunately, that tickling goes away after you use it a few times!
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Now to your original question about electric toothbrush I was a cheapie and bought the colgate battery powered one (bought one for work and one for home) I LOVE IT!!

the Sonicare probably is better but for me I like the cheaper one!

GOOD LUCK!!

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How many batteries are needed and how often are they replaced? Are the heads replaceable or do you have to trash the entire brush?
I have a similar one (Oral B). It takes 1 AA battery. If you brush for the recommended 2 mins, twice a day that battery lasts about a month. There are replacement brush heads available, I think a set of 2 costs about $6.
The Oral B has replacement brushes.. The Colgate one does not.. but it doesn't cost too much to buy a new one (once a month)

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I bought the e-series about 4 or 5 years ago.

I am thinking of upgrading to either The FlexCare or HealthyWhite because I like the Proresults heads.

Which one do you all have? Is the FlexCare really worth the extra cost, or does the HealthyWhite do just as good of a job cleaning?


How often do you all change your brushes? When I first got the elite, it said every 6 months but I change it every 3 months.
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I work for a dentist & he told me the reason he suggests an electric toothbrush is because a lot of people are agressive brushers & this makes the gum line recede. I'm guilty of this. I asked him to recommend one to me & he said they all work & not to spend too much money on it, but not to rely on a battery operated one. He said flossing is really the key to a healthy mouth. Plus either a warm salt water rinse or listerine.

I, personally, use an electric toothbrush & I brush with a paste of baking soda & peroxide. I brush 3xs per day & floss 2xs per day. I also use listerine 2xs per day.
What does the warm salt water rinse do? Dehydrate the mouth to kill bacteria?

Is it actually just as good as Listerine and other oral rinses?
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