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CS Chua
17-05-2012, 01:30 PM
Went to dentist and found bad receding gums. Dentist blamed my brushing method. So, I need to buy an electric toothbrush. Never use one before so looking for some suggestions. Anyone using an electric toothbrush? Like Braun Oral B?

cml
17-05-2012, 01:46 PM
Oral B is the safest bet and replacement brushes are easily available. Only thing is the replacement brushes are a bit expensive but then they all are. They whack you on the brushes rather than the electrical stem which lasts a long time anyway. BTW dont go for the pharmacy house brand brushes. They look the same but sometimes they dont work with the original unit so better get original ones.

DarkNite
17-05-2012, 01:46 PM
Went to dentist and found bad receding gums. Dentist blamed my brushing method. So, I need to buy an electric toothbrush. Never use one before so looking for some suggestions. Anyone using an electric toothbrush? Like Braun Oral B?

My dentist ask me to buy the cheapest, deep clean & super fine toothbrush (to change every 60 days).
Brushing gently & massaging the gums with pyodontyl gum toothpaste.

kwchang
17-05-2012, 01:47 PM
Are you sure an electric toothbrush will help? Sometimes, receding gums could be caused by plaque formation whereby the plaque forces the gumline below the root level.

If indeed it is your hard-brushing technique that is the cause of the receding gumline, then why not use a soft bristle brush instead?

Check here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Receding_gums) for the various causes of receding gums and the suggested remedial actions

cml
17-05-2012, 02:04 PM
As per my dentist we tend to brush very hard. Like our friend says if you do not want to go the way of electric tooth brushes then go for a soft tooth brush and change every month or so. You can still use it for cleaning the grouting in your toilets after that.

kuma
17-05-2012, 03:00 PM
Went to dentist and found bad receding gums. Dentist blamed my brushing method. So, I need to buy an electric toothbrush. Never use one before so looking for some suggestions. Anyone using an electric toothbrush? Like Braun Oral B?

Considering that you have visited the dentist and he/she has noted that the primary reason for your receding gums is your brushing technique, than that's most likely it. :)....all other reasons as to why you are having this problem may be secondary as your 'aggressive' brushing is the precipitating factor.

Very few people know how to 'brush their teeth' correctly in a 'circular/up-down' manner and not in an 'front/back' or 'sawing' fashion. This sawing manner damages the edges of the gums which in turn recedes away from the trauma causing part of the tooth to be exposed. This part of the tooth or 'neck' is not covered by the protective enamel but dentine which can decay easily as plaque tends to attach abundantly to this area. When not cleaned properly, it accentuates the receding of the gums....thus more receding :eek: [wonder if the word 'recession' is appropriate here :)...then we can say receding gums leads to 'depression' :heheheh:]

The advantage of the 'electric toothbrush'.....is that the rotation of the head and the circular shape of the brush "simulates" the proper brushing technique. Not that expensive nowadays so no harm trying it out....stick with a popular brand like Oral-B as you need to have replacement brushes easily available.

You can also do this with a good quality "soft" toothbrush.... opinions are varied as to which is better, "electric or normal brush".....actually its got to do with YOU!....how diligently you brush and the amount of time you are prepared to dedicate to your gum and tooth care. And Diligence here is not meant as number of times you brush or the [B]amount of vengeance you place into it.....its about technique and time spent ;-)

Note: a electric toothbrush takes some time to get used to it....its different and will be a radical change from the type of brushing we perform "mindlessly on-auto' everyday.

Most of all.......This is what my dentist said to me.......so you know the state of my teeth :p

'The care of you teeth and gums is much like a centipede....there are 100 legs to get it going...as a dentist, I'm just 1 leg....the rest of the 99 legs are YOU' :heheheh:


http://youtu.be/KWYDBl29qxo

CS Chua
17-05-2012, 03:24 PM
Actually we have been using soft toothbrush for 15 years as advised by a dentist friend. But I doing the usual see-saw motion which is supposedly bad for the gums. I was told to use the circular motion but just could not get the habit. The electric toothbrush uses the circular motion and has sensors to prevent damage to the gum. It is very sophisticated nowadays. Even my old Sentra does not have a sensor. I am thinking of this model which was in the dentist's clinic:

Oral-B ProfessionalCare 3000 Toothbrush with dentist-inspired cupping action for tooth-by-tooth clean.

ProfessionalCare 3000 provides dentist-inspired cupping action in which a unique, round brush head surrounds each tooth for a tooth-by-tooth clean.

Removes up to 97% of plaque from hard-to-reach places*
Helps prevent and reverse gingivitis
Pressure sensor stops pulsations when you’re brushing too hard
Naturally whitens teeth in 21 days**
3 modes: Daily Clean, Sensitive, Whitening
Oral-B is the #1 dentist-recommended toothbrush brand worldwide

CS Chua
17-05-2012, 03:26 PM
And to cover the receding gums or dentine, it will cost RM100.00 per tooth. Is that a normal price?

patrick
17-05-2012, 05:02 PM
Check out Philips Sonicare. Not sure if you can get it here though. We used to buy from the US and recently from Spore.

Naka
17-05-2012, 07:03 PM
With a fast moving electric brush, you are likely to do more damages to your gum if you do negotiate it carefully. That was my experince.

fonzie
17-05-2012, 08:57 PM
I use Colgate Sensitive Pro-relief toothpaste when my gums ache. You have to brush gently up and down movement using a soft toothbrush and leave it on for about 20 odd minutes, so that its special ingredients work on the sensitive areas effectively. I use Systema toothbrush.

On normal occasions (no physical gum pain), I use Sensodyne toothpaste (same-leave on for 20 odd minutes). And gurgle once or twice per week with Listerine.

On both occasions, I use intra-brush and dental floss to clean the hard-to-reach places when required....

Of course a twice-yearly dental visit is advisable.....

Cheers!

CS Chua
17-05-2012, 09:00 PM
Check out Philips Sonicare. Not sure if you can get it here though. We used to buy from the US and recently from Spore.

This brand is quite elusive. Someone in Penang did advertise it for RM500.00!! Ahem. That is a lot of money for a toothbrush.

kuma
17-05-2012, 10:05 PM
With a fast moving electric brush, you are likely to do more damages to your gum if you do negotiate it carefully. That was my experince.

Naka is right here....it's all got to do with your 'brushing technique'.....you have conditioned yourself from years of brushing, so much so that the minute the brush hits your teeth, your hand automatically goes into the 'see-saw motion' that you are familiar with. :)

Therefore, thats why I mentioned in my earlier post, that a good idea would be to start off by changing your technique using just a toothbrush....quite frankly, you can just carry on with this......however if you like to check out the electric toothbrush later, no harm done....give it a try, we all love gadgets :D

Just be careful....with the electric toothbrush, the role of your hand is to place it on the teeth, then move it to other teeth till you are done....takes some getting used too plus more time spent which is what brushing is all about....time spent removing plaque, and not the 'spent force' :)

NOTE...if you use the gadget with a 'see-saw' motion as it DOES ITS OWN MOTION....it will result in a tsunami in your mouth :heheheh:

CS Chua
17-05-2012, 10:33 PM
Naka is right here....it's all got to do with your 'brushing technique'.....you have conditioned yourself from years of brushing, so much so that the minute the brush hits your teeth, your hand automatically goes into the 'see-saw motion' that you are familiar with. :)

Therefore, thats why I mentioned in my earlier post, that a good idea would be to start off by changing your technique using just a toothbrush....quite frankly, you can just carry on with this......however if you like to check out the electric toothbrush later, no harm done....give it a try, we all love gadgets :D

Just be careful....with the electric toothbrush, the role of your hand is to place it on the teeth, then move it to other teeth till you are done....takes some getting used too plus more time spent which is what brushing is all about....time spent removing plaque, and not the 'spent force' :)

NOTE...if you use the gadget with a 'see-saw' motion as it DOES ITS OWN MOTION....it will result in a tsunami in your mouth :heheheh:

Hehehe, instead of a tsunami in my mouth I can imagine all my gums receding totally and me looking like a toothless 100 year old man. Anyway, I mentioned that model because the sensor will stop the pulsating when I do it too hard. But you are right, it will take longer.

marc0
21-05-2012, 11:17 AM
Whichever brand of electric toothbrush you buy just make sure you don't buy the Colgate brand. Real crappy quality. I can't comment on other brands cos I've never tried them but I can tell you this, don't buy Colgate brand.