.by Anura Guruge
I get a lot of hits, on an increasing basis, on my Emmi-Dent posts. So I want to make sure that people don’t walk away with the wrong impression.
I am NO LONGER sold on the Emmi-Dent (supposedly) ultrasonic toothbrush.
I am not sure it works.
I have stopped using it on a regular basis.
But, Deanna loves it and is sure that it is doing wonders for her. So, that is where we are.
Deanna and I have very different requirements when it comes to dental care. Since I am regularly told by dentist that I have teeth like a horse, have very few fillings and look after my teeth quite well, all I need is STAIN prevention. My daily diet of two cups of coffee, two to three cups of strong black tea and one large glass of diluted red wine is a perfect recipe for staining — what are fairly white teeth when clean.
That is why I keep on looking for an ultrasonic toothbrush that will help me keep control of my staining.
I do not think the Emmi-Dent, despite its claims, did anything for my stains.
But, I have found, what I think is a better regime, since my last visit to my now EX-DENTIST in mid-June. I am not going to be violated by him again.
I have always been assiduous about using mouthwash morning and night. I use (generic) Listerine. When I have run out of ‘Listerine’ I have used hydrogen peroxide — which I know is a good mouthwash.
But, since mid-June I am rinsing my teeth, for a full minute, morning and night, with diluted 2(HO) — which as you know is a strong oxidizer.
Yes, of course, I have read that 2(HO), now even found in toothpaste, works as a stain remover. So that is what I am trying.
I am also using a lot of new, 50 cent toothbrushes (2 for a dollar at the Dollar Store) and throwing them out after a few days. I brush vigorously. I am known to break off the heads of toothbrushes from the pressure I apply. Works for me. My gums don’t bleed and I guess they are used to the scrubbing.
So I have now gone 3 months since my last cleaning. During that time I have hardly used the Emmi-Dent.
2(HO) rinsing for at least a minute, vigorous brushing for at least a minute and then rinsing again with ‘Listerine’ — morning and night, and maybe once more during the day if I am going out.
So that is where I stand with the Emmi-Dent. We still have it because Deanna likes it and uses it faithfully twice (or more) a day.
When it packs up, as it surely will do (like all electronic toothbrushes), I will look for another.
In the meantime I am going to stick with my hydrogen peroxide regime. It is cheap if nothing else.
P.S., You drink a bit of the hydrogen peroxide while you are rinsing and it does your stomach no end of good!