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Old 02-18-2020, 05:02 AM
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I love my manual brush...... To me I can do a better job and it doesnt vibrate so like an electric one does........
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Old 02-18-2020, 07:17 PM
Location: Northern Appalachia
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Originally Posted by CNYC View Post

I am thinking of upgrading to an electric toothbrush. Is it worth the effort and costs involved and do these things last ? Some models are very expensive. Can you use regular toothpaste on them ? some have re-fill cartridges of what toothpaste ?

Some have bluetooth and an App which I find to be nuts.


I've had a Braun for a number of years, I can't remember how old it is. It appears that Braun is now the same as Oral-B. It is a rechargeable that replaced a battery operated one. I could never go back to a regular toothbrush. I went on a short trip last year and didn't take the charger. I didn't pack the toothbrush very well and turned on in my suitcase and lost the charge. I had to revert to a regular toothbrush for the trip. My teeth didn't feel clean using a regular toothbrush, I could wait to get home and charge my toothbrush.

Regarding your questions, I have no idea what you mean when you asked if it "is worth the effort?" It is much easier to brush your teeth and the difference is incredible.

Do they last? I think mine is about 15 years old.

Are they expensive? It looks like there are models for under $50. The brushes are expensive and have to be replaced as often as a regular toothbrush. They are like razors, if you buy name brand they are a lot more expensive.

Yes, you can use regular toothpaste. There is no reason to use any special toothpaste and I have never seen special toothpaste for an electric toothbrush.

I have no idea what Bluetooth and an app would do for an electric toothbrush.
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Old 02-23-2020, 09:10 PM
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I use both. I've used Sonicare and now use Oral B. And I also use a regular toothbrush just to make sure I get any hard to reach places I might have missed with the electric toothbrush. You use regular toothpaste with an electric toothbrush.
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Old 02-23-2020, 10:05 PM
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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I love my Sonicare. I would be hard pressed to brush for 2 minutes with a manual. I replace the brush head every 6 months or so. I ordered a six pack of brush heads from Amazon for a reasonable cost. I would not go back to a manual for any reason.
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Old 03-05-2020, 06:48 PM
Location: Minnesota
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I've had the sonicare and the oral B with the rotating head. I really dislike the vibration with the sonicare, same with my son. I prefer the oral B.

Don't forget to floss. I use the reach refillable one. It's much easier than the old fashioned length of floss wrapped around your fingers!!!!
Listerine makes the same flosser
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