Help me choose a toothbrush

I've been contemplating the move from a regular toothbrush to either an Oral B or a Sonicare. Both get amazing reviews on Amazon so I can't use that to make my decision. I don't know anything about either of them so am looking for any experiences you guys have with either of them. Apparently I don't brush good enough near my gums and the dentist said I need to do better. The problem is they are a little sensitive (I assume because of no flossing) so looking for something that won't destroy my gums in the process.

I haven't paid attention to any recent developments but buying a Sonicare 6 years ago or so was the best impulse buy I've ever made. Those things are awesome and way better on your gums than a regular toothbrush.

Also, floss.

I've been using a Sonicare for years now. Only down sides are that the replacement heads are definitely more expensive, and it's a pain if you forget to charge it before going on vacation and not bringing the charger.

The first one I had used a timer that beeped every 30 seconds for the 2 minute brush cycle to let you move to a different area. So first 30 seconds would be outside of the top teeth, next was outside bottoms, then inside tops, then inside bottoms. That was a handy guide. When I split with my ex, I got one of my own, and that one just times you for 2 minutes. I liked the 30 second beeps, but that model was something like $30 more, and I don't care that much.

My teeth feel much cleaner than when I used a regular tooth brush. Just wish the heads were cheaper.

The Sonicare is a really, really nice toothbrush, but having owned one and used it, I don't know that it's necessarily better than a stock toothbrush. Sure is a lot more convenient though.

My dentist says it's a crap ton better than a regular brush. She sells them at cost and always keeps a look out for sales at other places so she can push her patients to cheaper than her places (Costco, etc).

AnimeJ wrote:

The Sonicare is a really, really nice toothbrush, but having owned one and used it, I don't know that it's necessarily better than a stock toothbrush. Sure is a lot more convenient though.

Depends on the person, really. The timer that Chaz mentions is super helpful in encouraging longer brushing, which in and of itself is good unless you're brushing so hard you're damaging your gums. Most people will find a vastly superior experience with a Sonicare or Oral B.

Also, floss.

Me and my wife share a Sonicare DiamondClean and kids share another Sonicare model like this, with an integrated sterilizer. Everyone has his own brush head of course. The brushes work great, but are pricey. I spend some time on Ebay to snatch good deals on mine.

I use a normal brush (usually whatever is on sale) and I floss daily. My dentist says I have the best teeth in her office. My only cavities in the past 20 years were when my braces came off, which I am told is common.

I used my first Sonicare for 10 years til the rubber power button fell off in August. Went back to a regular toothbrush for a while, til this last weekend when I picked up a Sonicare Essential for $40. Man, my mouth hasn't felt that clean since the old one broke.
Costco has pretty good deals on the heads, and now I've got my sons using it as well. I usually replace them 3 times a year. (my sons, not the brush heads...)

The basic model is well worth the money, but I'm not sure paying twice as much for extra features is really necessary.

My dentist argues that while electric toothbrushes are fantastic, Sonic Care doesn't bring anything extra to the table in terms of cleaning. He recommends Oral B.

BTW, I've had bad gums before. Always get the softest bristle type, and don't directly brush the gums (you'll get the area where the tooth descends into the gum just by brushing the tooth itself.) And if your teeth are hard to floss, hit drugstore.com and get some Stim-U-Dent Plaque Removers. Use one after every meal. They are as good as floss but won't cut your gums.

Edwin wrote:

My dentist says it's a crap ton better than a regular brush.

Same here. I'd never go back to a regular toothbrush.

My wife and I went to Sonicares last year, it makes a big difference in how clean my teeth feel. The diamondclean heads are pricey but not too bad if you buy a 3 pack on Amazon and they work better.

Costco has pretty good prices on them too -- especially when they have promotions.

I expected much more of a debate between Oral B and Sonicare but it looks like there is a clear winner! I know they had both at BJs yesterday. One was $100 and one was $120, I forget which was which though. I'll have to check back tonight and then shop around for Internet deals. Thanks for the feedback!

I have something a lot like this, though mine is just white. I guess mine doesn't have the rubber bits. Paying north of $100 for a toothbrush is crazytown.

I've never used Sonicare, but here's my experience with Oral B:

Had an original Oral B Triumph 9000 for about 8 years and loved it. Only problem is that the nub that the brush head sits on no longer holds the brush head tightly. Worn down maybe?

I replaced it with an Oral B Vitality for about $26. Every bit as good and I love it. One thing to watch for is the quadrant timer. Some brushes will pulse every 30 seconds so you know you when you "should be" done with that quadrant. I hate this feature and will only buy a brush that doesn't have it or it can be turned off. On some brushes, you cannot disable this feature.

Of all the brush heads, my favorite are the floss-action brush heads.

I'll never go back to a manual brush. Electric brushes do such a better job at cleaning.

I used Oral Bs for a few years, and they were vastly better than the normal toothbrushes. I can't use a normal brush now; my teeth just don't feel clean. The only downside of the Oral Bs is that battery life goes pretty quickly; after a couple of years, they have to live on the charging station, since they don't last more than a day (three brushes).

I have a Sonicare now. It's great. It has the timed quadrant function, and a whitening setting for my front teeth that has worked a bit. I have only had it a year, so I can't really compare the battery life.

My dentist says that it doesn't matter which you use; he sells the Sonicares, but uses an Oral B a rep gave him. Both are much better than a normal toothbrush, but neither replace flossing, even with the flossing heads for the Oral B brushes.

This is a good time of year to buy one of either, since they tend to get deep discounts before Christmas. The heads are expensive, so keep an eye out for deals on them online and grab them whether you need them or not.

A side note: you don't scrub with an electric brush, but, despite the fact that I have been using the, for a decade, I still find it difficult not to do it!

Is space an issue? Does it have to be a toothbrush?

Plus, Sonicare design just looks so much classier.

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I used a sonicare for a while, but didn't like it.

I've had great results with the disposable Oral B Pulsar toothbrushes. No gum problems at all since I started using them.

cheesycrouton wrote:

I replaced it with an Oral B Vitality for about $26. Every bit as good and I love it. One thing to watch for is the quadrant timer. Some brushes will pulse every 30 seconds so you know you when you "should be" done with that quadrant. I hate this feature and will only buy a brush that doesn't have it or it can be turned off. On some brushes, you cannot disable this feature.

Of all the brush heads, my favorite are the floss-action brush heads.

I'll never go back to a manual brush. Electric brushes do such a better job at cleaning.

Same for my wife and I. And after a year or two of enjoying it, and having great dental checkups, we decided to buy a 2nd one, so that when one of us goes away on business trips or home for our parents birthday or something we can take one and leave one so that we can both still have our own to use.

I mostly chose the Oral B over the Sonicare because of the price difference at the time I was looking. I think it was $20-30 vs $50-60. But anyway they've worked great for a couple of years now and we're both happy.

Gorilla.800.lbs wrote:

Plus, Sonicare design just looks so much classier.

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Nice Hitachi Magic Wand tooth brush.

Seriously, get whatever you find is cheapest with the features you want. Both Sonicare and Oral-B will be better than what you're doing now since your dentist more or less recommends it.