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Do You Use an Electric Toothbrush?

Flossing may be one of my health goals for 2010, but it doesn't replace brushing! Similar to a new fitness gadget motivating me to work out, my fancy electric toothbrush inspires serious teeth cleaning. And I love that it has a two-minute timer, making it hard to shortchange my teeth. When I first got the toothbrush, I often brushed after the timer alerted me to stop. My exuberance for my electric toothbrush has since cooled a bit, and I now use both kinds of brushes. But what about you . . .

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Allytta Allytta 7 years
tried it years ago, but went back to manual. cheaper and does the same job. i just can't be bothered with electric. might try it again in the future
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I use a manual. Thank god for that too, I just had my wisdom teeth out and I can barely scratch my teeth with the manual without hurting my stitches, I get a nasty feeling an electric one would rip them out!
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
Nope. I used one for a while but I prefer to use a normal toothbrush. And my teeth & gums are good according to my dentist.
mek123 mek123 7 years
I too have sensitive teeth and the electric toothbrush just makes it worse. @Zulkey, what alternative use are you referring too? ;-)
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Before you go rushing out to buy an electric toothbrush, BE CAREFUL. I had some gum recession caused by having braces and I thought getting a $10 Spinbrush would help keep my teeth clean. eroded my gum tissue a lot further and now I need surgery on my gum to fix the erosion. My periodontist said that if you get a sonic toothbrush (like a Sonicare), they are pretty gentle and do a good job, but that you should avoid the cheap electric ones because they can tear your gums up.
1apple 1apple 7 years
Too expensive to replace the heads and I have no bathroom counter space to keep it on. It also just seems too "gagety" for me, though the people I know who have them really like them...
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
I admit I am immature and came here seeing if anyone admitted to using one for something other than teeth-cleaning. but no, i don't, anyway--I have sensitive teeth and I found that only exacerbated it.
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
I invested in one (Costco was selling a duo pack) because my dentist recommended it. I think it helps, because with the timer I'm not mindlessly overbrushing. I definitely think it cleans better than a manual.
J-Rabbit J-Rabbit 7 years
I got mine at target for less than $20. My dentist recommended it for sensitivity a few years ago and I've been using it ever since.
Ayu Ayu 7 years
I overused one as a child. I was brushing for as long as I would've with a normal brush (and I brush slowly) and that wasn't too good for my gums.
sparklestar sparklestar 7 years
I found that an electric one didn't clean my teeth as well ? Am I wrong ?
michlny michlny 7 years
I use a regular one in the a.m. for speed and indulge in my electric one for my nightly teeth cleaning ritual :)
weffie weffie 7 years
I can't stand it, the buzzing makes my toes curl!
Vanonymous Vanonymous 7 years
Electric toothbrushes are great. They clean better and stimulate your gums. I have been using one for about five years per my dentist's recommendation. They are pricey but if you ask your dentist, they may have a coupon for it (mine gave me one). I think mine was about $115 but it has lasted for five years and counting. Changing the heads can also be pricey but I've found that buying them in bulk (at Sam's or BJ's) significantly reduces the price. Whenever I travel or go camping, I use a regular brush and my teeth never feel as clean.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
wow, that's the most extreme comment about an electric toothbrush I ever read. Any particular reason why ticamorena?
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
I don't and I never would
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