I’m a dentist, so I speak with some authority on this subject. A lot of people think that dentistry is a conspiracy to suck your wallet dry, but there isn’t a dentist on the planet who won’t tell you to take better care of your teeth.
Prevention starts with using a power brush twice each day for at least 2 minutes each time. Use this one or some other, it really doesn’t matter, but use one. Even the $5 spin brushes are better than manual brushes. Start your kids using power brushes early. Floss daily. And for **** sake, quit drinking soda! Brush at night to keep your teeth, brush in the morning to keep your friends.
Buy the big packages of floss picks so you don’t run out. Keep some in your car and floss at stop lights. Keep some in a bowl on the side table next to your recliner in front of the TV and floss during commercials. Do this for about a month and it will become a good habit. When you start to miss them when they aren’t within easy reach you’ll know that you’ve developed a good habit.
Go see your dentist regularly, whether you have insurance or not, for cleanings and exams to prevent and fix problems while they are small. Just like your car, prevention and maintenance are relatively cheap, repairs are expensive. Also, just like your car, the longer you wait, the more expensive the repairs become.
@mrehorst So, how do we really know your a dentist? I was always leery of those 4 outta 5 dentist recommends things because what if 3 of them are idiots? and furthermore, why is there always one… ONE hold out in left field when they do such surveys?
@djslack sigh. This again. You clearly haven’t been to Alabama, esp. on a weekend game day. Very attractive people with great teeth. Can’t vouch for a lot of their politics, though. But we’re used to this kind of chauvinism.
@PurplePawprints sometimes I’m clever. But I’ll admit I was very wrong. Montana, Wyoming, and Vermont don’t care about their teeth.
@sandirobertson I was actually just there a couple of weeks ago. Ate at Lambert’s with half the state it seemed. There are some very attractive people there. Of course, this number goes up dramatically when LSU comes to play
I also love that no one is stepping up to defend any other state. Alabama folk, you’re ok by me until football season. The map has proved me wrong.
I just jumped in for 2 at that price, also picked 1 up last month on Amazon when they had a great sale… Only problem is I cant seem to kill the one that I got 3 years ago. So I guess I’m set for the next 20 or so years at least electric toothbrush wise. ( Hell I just had an epiphany ), I can put a soft rubber thingy on the end where the bristles are and give it to my girlfriend. Problem solved and everybody wins, happy-happy joy-joy…
So I’ve used powered brushes like the SpinBrush for a while. I basically brush my teeth like I would with a manual brush, letting the rotating bristles do the extra work. Always felt much much cleaner than a manual brush.
Reading the instructions for this, it said not to brush like normal, but to let the vibrations clean your teeth. I hated it. I didn’t feel like my teeth were clean enough. If I brushed like I would normally, it felt pretty good. Does anybody that justs let the bristles do the work, actually like how their teeth feel at the end?
Drawback… My upper palate is super ticklish, and this sets me off like crazy, lol
Once when I was getting a cleaning, the hygienist accidentally touched my palate with whatever vibrating thingy she was using, and I flinched. I admitted that it was ticklish, and she purposely tickled me more. I laughed so hard I cried. Thinking back on it, it was kinda fucked up of her to do that. Tickle torture in the dentist chair.
@zippyus I have no idea why someone would think this is a bad toothbrush. Maybe they got a bad one? Mine run perfectly, makes my teeth and gums feel great and I’ll never go back to Oral B. And I don’t get anything for saying good things about it.
@zippyus There’s always a possibility someone got a lemon. I read a one star review that said the toothbrush slashed the toothpaste around too much. The answer to that was put it in your mouth first. I can just tell you my results which have been great. For $30 it’s a good deal to me.
I tend to use the brush heads that have the color indicator of when to change it. It’s supposed to be every three months. The indicator is always worn down after 3-4 weeks… So, useless. I don’t mark my calendar, so I change it when it looks worn or my teeth don’t feel that clean.
@vrillusions I replace my manual brushes every three months. I’m always surprised how good a new toothbrush feels. I tried an electric toothbrush once and the weird vibrations running up my jaw gave me a headache.
@datruandi Reading the reviews the problem (well at least one of them) appears to be you can’t let the handle get wet (eg don’t run it under water). Apparently that kills it. If you catch it soon enough and dry it out well in the oven it will revive, otherwise not. Of course that also presumes that you don’t accidentally make baked toothbrush.
I’d get one, but I already have the Sonic care - so this is the sort of thing that people that are interested in electric toothbrushes probably already have. I don’t change the brush till it goes limp. I’ll bet it’s like the mattress people who say buy a new mattress every 8 years —pooh. Sorry…meh.
I bought 2 last time, and they were 5.00 cheaper…I think mine knocked out part of my back molar, at the gum line…since I didn’t have trouble before. I’m sure if your teeth are fairly healthy you won’t knock anything loose…lol. That said, now I am just hoping to get it out before I get lovely excruciating pain. Dentists don’t seem to pull teeth anymore, have to go to an Oral Surgeon… UGH.