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Old 04-08-2009, 03:35 PM   #1
 
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So, I have this TERRIBLE fear of going to the dentist. I HATE HATE HATE the scraping. I found a dentist who uses an instrument like the "waterpik" before he scales - which greatly cuts down on the unpleasantness of my dental visit.

A friend said that her dental visits have been drastically better after buying a Sonicare toothbrush. Anyone else tried a Sonicare long-term? Any improvement at the dentist?
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Old 04-08-2009, 03:42 PM   #2
 
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I have one and I love it.

I did notice that my teeth felt cleaner almost immediately and that the next time I went in for a cleaning, it didn't take nearly as long. I hate the dentist too...makes me cringe when I hear the noises from the hygenists room, and just the smell of the office is enough to start a panic attack, LOL.

Anyhoo, it was a great investment, and I really like using the brush. I think flossing regularly and using the brush really cut down on my "in the chair" time.
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I have one of those Braun electric toothbrushes with the 2-minute timer.

Before we bought one, I did a little research about what was out there and at the time the Braun was getting the best ratings.

I will say that my dental cleanings are not only shorter, but when I went in January I had a new hygienist that I've never met (been going to the same dentist since my first dentist visit -- so I have quite a chart there ) and she commented that she couldn't believe how nice my teeth and gums were considering what she had read in my chart!

I've always had a probably with my gums, my mother has it as well. They're super sensitive and tend to bleed easily no matter what. Somehow by using the Braun that has ended and no longer happens. I can't say how much I love that toothbrush
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I have one and I love it.

I did notice that my teeth felt cleaner almost immediately and that the next time I went in for a cleaning, it didn't take nearly as long. I hate the dentist too...makes me cringe when I hear the noises from the hygenists room, and just the smell of the office is enough to start a panic attack, LOL.

Anyhoo, it was a great investment, and I really like using the brush. I think flossing regularly and using the brush really cut down on my "in the chair" time.
I know...that smell is terrible. I also hate the TASTE in my mouth for the rest of the day after I go to the dentist. It's ALMOST enough to make me schedule the dentist for the end of the day, but then I find I dread it the entire day.

Yes, going to the dentist is THAT much of an ordeal for me. I'm sure it sounds silly!!!
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I have one and I love it.

I did notice that my teeth felt cleaner almost immediately and that the next time I went in for a cleaning, it didn't take nearly as long. I hate the dentist too...makes me cringe when I hear the noises from the hygenists room, and just the smell of the office is enough to start a panic attack, LOL.

Anyhoo, it was a great investment, and I really like using the brush. I think flossing regularly and using the brush really cut down on my "in the chair" time.
I know...that smell is terrible. I also hate the TASTE in my mouth for the rest of the day after I go to the dentist. It's ALMOST enough to make me schedule the dentist for the end of the day, but then I find I dread it the entire day.

Yes, going to the dentist is THAT much of an ordeal for me. I'm sure it sounds silly!!!
Nope, not silly, I feel the same way.

I hate the polish crap that they use...when I was younger the grain in the polish wasn't as fine as the stuff they use now, so I felt like I'd eaten sand after getting a cleaning.

I scrub at my teeth a lot prior to the appt, sometimes even making my gums bleed.
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i have one...i love it!! dentists recommend it.

i bought mine at bed bath & beyond with a 20% off coupon. i also get my replacement brushes w/ a coupon from there...

great investment!!
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I love my sonicare. My father is a firm believer in it. If he thinks you don't have one, he gets you one for Christmas or your birthday.

I'm so glad he forced me to use it. My teeth are so clean and good feeling. And I like the mindless beeping that reminds me what I'm doing. (*bbbbeeeppppp* oh yeah! Time to change spots!)
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Yes, going to the dentist is THAT much of an ordeal for me. I'm sure it sounds silly!!!
I've always joked that I'd much rather go to the gyno than to the dentist.

I used a Sonicare brush from 1995 until 2003. Then I switched to one of the Brauns. I don't know if using these types of brushes made a difference for me, in terms of chair time.
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I have one and love it too. I am prone to heavy tarter build up and this definitely helps.
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Yes, going to the dentist is THAT much of an ordeal for me. I'm sure it sounds silly!!!
I've always joked that I'd much rather go to the gyno than to the dentist.

I used a Sonicare brush from 1995 until 2003. Then I switched to one of the Brauns. I don't know if using these types of brushes made a difference for me, in terms of chair time.
That is so funny - I have always said that too and I really really mean it.
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I've always joked that I'd much rather go to the gyno than to the dentist.
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That is so funny - I have always said that too and I really really mean it.
As my friend would say "totes.com" - gyno >>>>> dentist.
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Another vote for the Sonicare.

I had to go without one for about a year and it felt like my teeth were never really clean.
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Hah! I think you guys have settled it!

I'm calling my dentist to get one tomorrow (he doesn't push them, but if you buy through him he gives it to you at his cost - about half price)!!!
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I hate my Sonicare! But I don't have a lot of oral health problems.
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I hate my Sonicare! But I don't have a lot of oral health problems.
Why do you hate it?
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i have one and love it too. we just got ours for christmas so no one has been back to the dentist yet, but i could tell a difference after the first time i used it.
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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.
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A few months after getting my Sonicare I went to the dentist, and after looking at my teeth, he said, "Oh, you got a Sonicare!"

Yes, it makes a difference. Way less scaling.
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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.
I've used the Sonicare for at least 15 years with marked improvement. I am a plaque builder and go every three months. I floss at least twice a day. Using the listerine 2xs per day for at least 30 seconds has really cut done on the plaque.
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newcurly, don't worry about your fear of dentists.. cause dearie I have you beat!! I just recently went to the dentist after not going for over 10 years!!

I have had horrible experiences in the past and had a real fear of them..almost to the point of terror! finally about a month ago I was having this pain in my tooth and finally after much proding from my hubby went to the one he goes to and am really happy with her!!

I had to have a pretty good gum scaling (which was the reason for the pain (the gum not the tooth) (7+ shots of novacaine) which left my mouth really numb but I am so glad I went and would you believe I only have 2 problems after 10 years.. 1 cavity and 1 broken filling that needs to be replaced.. other than that I'm good!

sorry I went and rambled....


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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