Sonicare toothbrush - dangerous? 
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 Sonicare toothbrush - dangerous?

Does anyone know if the Sonicare ultrasonic toothbrush can cause any gum
damage?

Just talked with my mother-in-law who recently acquired a Sonicare
ultrasonic electric toothbrush. She has only been using it a few weeks, but
she feels that she is noticing a significant receding of her gums,
especially around her lower incisors. She has had periodontal surgery in
the past with grafts in this area and others, and it has been stable for
some time now. She claims that she has followed the instructions with her
new toothbrush, but she feels that her gums are receding rapidly.

Has anyone else had similar experiences or know of any others with similar
complaints? I'm wondering if there is any possible connection or if it is
just coincidental. I'm not a dentist and have not examined her teeth or
gums - just going by her reports to me.

Thanks for any help you could throw my way.

Dave



Fri, 05 Dec 1997 03:00:00 GMT
 Sonicare toothbrush - dangerous?

Quote:

> Does anyone know if the Sonicare ultrasonic toothbrush can cause any gum
> damage?

> Just talked with my mother-in-law who recently acquired a Sonicare
> ultrasonic electric toothbrush. She has only been using it a few weeks, but
> she feels that she is noticing a significant receding of her gums,
> especially around her lower incisors. She has had periodontal surgery in
> the past with grafts in this area and others, and it has been stable for
> some time now. She claims that she has followed the instructions with her
> new toothbrush, but she feels that her gums are receding rapidly.

I am NOT a dentist.

She should go to one RIGHT AWAY and get an exam to see if it is causing a
problem. I use the Sonicare and since using it, have seen my gum pocket
sizes reduced. I always wet it with HOT water before brushing - that makes
the bristles MUCH SOFTER. I have not had any grafting work done.

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Sat, 06 Dec 1997 03:00:00 GMT
 Sonicare toothbrush - dangerous?

-- I have been using the Sonicare personally for a year and like it very
much. Although I cannot rule out categorically the Sonicare as a
contributing cause of this latest round of recession in your mother's
case, it would surprise me greatly if the Sonicare were found to be the
culprit. I say this because I have found it to be a very gentle
instrument that does not lend itself to gum abuse by over-brushing. I am
not a periodontal patient myself, but I have actually recommended the
Sonicare for some of the over-vigorous brushers in my practice that are
doing damage with a manual brush... (creating recession). Also remember
that the nature of periodontal disease is that it tends to be "cyclical"
in nature, which means that a patient can be very stable for years, and
then begin to have problems again for a number of reasons related to
stage of life, new medications etc. etc. If you mother has been receiving
the frequent and regular care we advise for all periodontal patients,she
could expect to get some answers from her dentist, periodontist, or
dental hygienist.
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Thu, 11 Dec 1997 03:00:00 GMT
 
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