Sonicare toothbrush...using it right? 
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 Sonicare toothbrush...using it right?

Help! I just got a Sonicare because the Braun that I used for years finally
broke down. The "feel" of my Braun was more like a manual toothbrush in that
I could tell exactly where I was brushing and feel the contact with my teeth
and gums, but with the Sonicare I  am having trouble knowing if I have
covered all surfaces or not. My teeth feel clean after using it, but it
feels as though I have waved a magic wand over them and I am not sure that
this is enough to clean them properly or not. Incidentally, I chose not to
get another Braun because I have receding gums (caused mostly by improper
brushing before I got the Braun) and I know the Sonicare is gentler. I tried
the Braun 3D that supposedly stops vibrating when you press too hard, but I
couldn't tell when it stopped so I found this feature useless. Since the
Sonicare cleans beyond the bristles, is this enough to clean my teeth
properly if I am indeed missing random spots at each brushing? I am trying
to follow the instructions to hold the brush at a 45 degree angle to my
gums, but I guess I am still getting used to this odd machine.




Sat, 09 Jun 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 Sonicare toothbrush...using it right?
Hi Gooblet:

There is a simple test to show where you might be missing.

Your local {*filter*}tore might have "disclosing tablets" small
little red pills that when used according to instructions
will show up any areas that you have missed in bright red.
These are the same as the hygienists use to show kids how to
brush properly.

If they are not available with all the dental stuff at your
{*filter*}tore, you should  be able to get some through your
dental office.

Hope this helps,

Roy Brown DD


Quote:
>Help! I just got a Sonicare because the Braun that I used
for years finally
>broke down. The "feel" of my Braun was more like a manual
toothbrush in that
>I could tell exactly where I was brushing and feel the

contact with my teeth
Quote:
>and gums, but with the Sonicare I  am having trouble
knowing if I have
>covered all surfaces or not. My teeth feel clean after
using it, but it
>feels as though I have waved a magic wand over them and I
am not sure that
>this is enough to clean them properly or not. Incidentally,
I chose not to
>get another Braun because I have receding gums (caused
mostly by improper
>brushing before I got the Braun) and I know the Sonicare is
gentler. I tried
>the Braun 3D that supposedly stops vibrating when you press
too hard, but I
>couldn't tell when it stopped so I found this feature
useless. Since the
>Sonicare cleans beyond the bristles, is this enough to
clean my teeth
>properly if I am indeed missing random spots at each

brushing? I am trying

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Quote:
>to follow the instructions to hold the brush at a 45 degree
angle to my
>gums, but I guess I am still getting used to this odd
machine.





Sat, 09 Jun 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 Sonicare toothbrush...using it right?
In a recent issue of Consumers Reports (within the last few months) testing
showed that mechanical toothbrushes didn't work any better than proper
manual brushing.  They also reviewed whitening toothpastes with pretty much
the same conclusion.  They don't whiten much if at all.

Check it out.



Mon, 11 Jun 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 Sonicare toothbrush...using it right?

Quote:

> In a recent issue of Consumers Reports (within the last few months) testing
> showed that mechanical toothbrushes didn't work any better than proper
> manual brushing.  They also reviewed whitening toothpastes with pretty much
> the same conclusion.  They don't whiten much if at all.

> Check it out.

This is true *IF* the user of the manual toothbrush is thorough and
takes the *time* to do it right.  If you brush and floss away all of the
plaque by hand, then it is impossible to do a better job with an
electric.  The truth is that most people do not brush often enough, or
correctly, or long enough.

The right electric brush will help many of these people.  Just because
it is possible to remove all plaque with a manual brush (and floss) does
not mean that it is not easier to remove it with an electric (with floss
also).

Best wishes,
SWF DDS



Mon, 11 Jun 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 
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