Posted: Jan 5, 2009 3:30 pm
I threw away my electric recently. We were trying to figure out why my tartar problem has gotten even worse in the last year or so. My dental hygienist pointed out that with the ten-dollar Oral B I was using, even the SLIGHTEST amount of pressure caused the thing to STOP. But the vibration makes it FEEL as if it's working when it's actually not. I never realized until she showed me.
After this discovery, I realized it was virtually impossible to hold the thing lightly enough that the head would still move, while still applying enough pressure to actually brush the tooth. I could be wrong but I think this is what caused my recent tartar buildup, because I used it for about a year.
It was a blue-and-white Oral B, and I faithfully replaced the batteries and the brush head, but it didn't make any difference. I'll bet some of you use this, because I see it everywhere.
I haven't given up on an electric, but this time I'm taking my dentist's advice and shelling out for a Philips Sonicare. I think they're about a hundred bucks. I will NEVER again buy a cheap one.