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Emmi-Dent Ultrasonic Toothbrush: Final Verdict — Does NOT Remove Stains; Waste Of Money. Peroxide Works Better.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related Posts:
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Hydrogen peroxide works better …
>.Oct. 27, 2013.
2. Stopped using Emmi-Dent
>>Sep. 12, 2013.

3. Emmi-Dent toothbrush …
>>Jan. 13, 2013.

4. Emmi-Dent ultrasonic toothbrush
>>May 16, 2013.
5. I need a new dentist — June 14, 2013.
6. Dental crisis in NH — June 15, 2013.


I get a lot of folks coming here looking for elucidation on the Emmi-Dent. Though I have done a number of posts, as can be seen from the list above, I appear not to have been clear enough because people still seem to be confused and undecided.

There is still and Emmi-Dent toothbrush in our bathroom — but I do NOT use it. I stopped using it in September of last year. The only reason I spend money of ‘ultrasonic’ toothbrushes is that I keep on, fruitlessly so far, looking for a silver-bullet for my teeth staining nightmare. That is, thank god (whoever that is), the only problem I have with my (horse-like) teeth. I drink a lot of ‘black’ tea — two to three mugs during the afternoon. That on top of my two mugs of coffee and my glass of diluted red wine. It is that tanning that is the bane of my life — or at least my teeth.

The Emmi-Dent was pretty useless at even making a dent on my staining — despite its claims.

My new regime of hydrogen peroxide and brutally hard scrubbing, which I can get away with given that I have strong teeth and healthy gums, work much better than the Emmi-Dent ever did. Sorry. But, the facts are facts. My staining, right now, is pretty minimal and over 95% of my teeth are brilliantly white — which helps with my trademark grin.

The Emmi-Dent vibrates but I am not convinced that it produces any ultrasonic waves. Not sure how I can check it. I dunked it in water to see if I could see any waves. Nada. I am sure it will make an excellent personal ‘massager’ for women but, though I am not an expert, I am sure that there are even better personal ‘massagers’ at a much cheaper price.

So bottom line: stay away from from Emmi-Dent If you are looking for a toothbrush to fight tooth staining. It might do other things, though I am not sure what, but it sure didn’t do anything to dent my stains.

Hydrogen peroxide works and is damn CHEAP. That is all I am going to say. That is all I have to say. Thanks.

Hydrogen Peroxide Regime Appears To Work Better For ME Than The Emmi-Dent Ultrasonic Toothbrush.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related Posts:
1. Stopped using Emmi-Dent — Sep. 12, 2013.
2. Emmi-Dent toothbrush … — Jan. 13, 2013.
3. Emmi-Dent ultrasonic toothbrush — May 16, 2013.
4. I need a new dentist — June 14, 2013.
5. Dental crisis in NH — June 15, 2013.


peroxidemagicOn average, per the cursory stats provided to me by WordPress, I get about 3 hits a day on people searching on ‘Emmi-Dent‘. So I want to make sure that I do not mislead anyone.

Yes, we have an Emmi-Dent Ultrasonic Toothbrush — that I purchased, after considerable research, around March of this year. Deanna and I both used it diligently, at least twice a day, at least for the prescribed 2-minutes a go, till about September. By then I was not convinced. I had started a harsh hydrogen peroxide routine as well as brushing with a normal brush prior to using the Emmi-Dent. That was crazy. So, morning and night I was brushing my teeth twice — once with a normal brush and then with the Emmi-Dent. Regular readers here know my absolute obsession with TIME. That was an additional 4 minutes a day of extra brushing. I could NOT afford that time! 4-minutes is a LOT of time for me. I could do a post in 4-minutes. I was not going to SQUANDER 4-minutes a day of my life.

Do YOU know that 4-minutes a day adds UP TO a FULL DAY, i.e., 24 hours, in one year!

That is why you have to be so, so parsimonious in how you use your time.

So, screw the Emmi-Dent. It was not doing anything for MY stains. The Peroxide seems to be doing a better job.

Plus I am really scrubbing my teeth with cheap, i.e., 2 for a $1, toothbrushes — from the Dollar Store. I toss them out after about a week. I have broken the heads off 3 in my mouth! When I say I brush hard — I mean HARD.

Please don’t worry about me. As I have said, I have teeth like a horse. My gums are in pretty good shape too. I have, most of my life, brushed my teeth vigorously. Maybe that is what it is. My gums do not appear to mind getting scrubbed. They never bleed. So, I am all set.

Deanna still uses the Emmi-Dent religiously. But, we have different oral needs. She doesn’t get the staining I get — for one, she doesn’t touch red wine, my tipple of necessity.

So, we still have the Emmi-Dent in the bathroom. I just don’t use it.

So that is the full story.

My opinion on the Emmi-Dent. I am no longer convinced. But, that could just be me.

I Am NOT Sold On The Emmi-Dent Ultrasonic Toothbrush. I Stopped Using It.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related Posts:
1. Emmi-Dent toothbrush … — Jan. 13, 2013.
2. Emmi-Dent ultrasonic toothbrush — May 16, 2013.
3. I need a new dentist — June 14, 2013.
4. Dental crisis in NH — June 15, 2013.


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!

Our ‘Emmi-Dent’ Truly ‘Ultrasonic’ Toothbrush With Nano-Technology Toothpaste.

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Long term readers of this blog may recall that I did mention in mid-January that we were in the market for a ‘Emmi-Dent‘ toothbrush given that our second high-end ‘ultrasonic‘, in this instance a Philips, had bitten the dust.

The Emmi-Dent is the only toothbrush that I can find that is truly ultrasonic, i.e., it generates bona fide ultrasonic waves to breakthrough plaque, stains and other oral crud. Other toothbrushes, including the Philips, that claim to be ‘ultrasonic’ are not really ultrasonic! They just vibrate at high speeds which enable them to make that misleading claim. I had known about that deception for years, but was foiled in being able to find a true ultrasonic. A few years ago there was a $400 model but it had, for what I guess are obvious reasons, gone bust.

We got an Emmi-Dent about 2.5 months ago. 

Deanna loves it, unconditionally. She went to the dentist for cleaning and check up recently and was even told that her teeth are in good shape. Deanna uses it for about 5 minutes a day, across (at least) two ‘brushings’.

I, alas, am not convinced. U.S. dentist hate my teeth. When I go to the ‘dentist’ I don’t even get a visit by the dentist. The hygienist just cleans my teeth and I get charged a small fortune. Since the dentist poking his/her head into ask if everything is ‘OK’ adds another $40 to the bill, I am glad that they leave me alone. The problem is that I have teeth like a horse. As a dentist in Lowell, MA told in the 1980s, “I will never make any money off your teeth”. I also kind of look after my teeth, albeit not with the same dedication and effort as does Deanna. Though I watch TV or read a magazine while I brush, 2 minutes is tops for me.

My problem is my daily, unvarying diet of two cups (at least) of coffee (sometimes black), one (rather large) glass of diluted red wine and (at least) two cups of tea (one, always caffeinated  black Ceylon tea). So I always sport a healthy patina of stain across my teeth. The Emmi-Dent is supposed to be a champ at removing such stains. I am not convinced. I still have stains and I can’t honestly say that the Emmi-Dent has minimized them.

I have another problem. With the Emmi-Dent you do NOT brush. You hold the brush against your teeth and let the ultrasonic waves and the nano-bubbles from the toothpaste do their magic. I am not convinced that this works. I filled up the sink and put the toothbrush under the water to see if I could detect the waves. Nada.

There are certain bodily functions in which I like friction. Brushing my teeth is one of them. Coincidentally or otherwise I noticed that my gums, atypically, were getting irritated. I didn’t have to go to the dentist and fork over $220 to know what was causing this. I knew my gums were missing their friction-based stimulation. Easy enough to fix. We have a stash of toothbrushes — most of them given to us by the dentist’s office. So I started using a regular toothbrush BEFORE I used the Emmi-Dent. Gums, as I suspected, were cured in days.

I just ordered two tubes of the mandatory toothpaste. It is not a cheap hobby given that they charge $5 for shipping and it is effectively a monopoly, in that it all comes, in the end, from the same U.S. distributor. So, that is where we are. I can’t, in good faith, endorse it. Deanna will, in a heartbeat.  

HAPItrack: Is This The FitBit Beater? Same Folk That Are Marketing The Catchy ‘HAPIfork’. Emmi-Dent Toothbrush.

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FitBit Ultra: So Sad … — Nov. 1, 2012.


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I went looking for the HAPIfork and found this instead. Definitely looks like a FitBit alternative. I am sure Deanna, still FitBit’s biggest advocate, will check it out. Looks bigger. But, the ‘app’ looks cuter. They also appear to be pusing the motivational aspect. Yes, FitBit tries to do that, but it is not a key aspect. Yes, I know there are also other products, but I haven’t checked them out.

This gizmo isn’t shipping yet. I can’t even find a price. Given the publicity the HAPIfork is getting, this tracker will garner a following. I really haven’t looked at the HAPIfork in detail as yet. No, I do not plan to get one. Yes, it is well known that I eat fast, very fast. That is to be expected. ‘Type A‘ folks eat fast. A trademark trait. I am NOT a ‘Type A’. That has been well confirmed. I am a ‘Hyper Type A++++ … that reads the fine print on the toothpaste tube while brushing my teeth‘. I didn’t know this, but that ‘reading the toothpaste tube while brushing your teeth’ is what really separates the wheat from the chaff when it comes to Type A personalities. I was told this by a psychologist. It is not a bad trait. Just means that the brain craves stimulation. Plus, unless I am eating out, I very rarely eat without also doing something else. At night, I eat late. Invariably past 8pm. I usually watch TV while eating. Growing up I read while I ate. Actually my grandmother used to sit by my side and feed me so that I could concentrate on my reading. My father loves telling people about how old I was when this was still happening. Didn’t do me much harm. Got a lot of reading done. So, I doubt whether I will be slowing down my eating, HAPIfork or no HAPIfork.

The high-tech gizmo that we next need to get is this. Our second ‘ultrasound’ toothbrush, this time a high-end Philips, bit the dust just before Christmas. We had had it for about 2 years, and Deanna and I both used it. I detest the FAKE ‘ultrasound’ toothbrushes that dentist promote. They are not ‘ultrasound’. They just vibrate faster. This ‘Emmi-Dent‘, from what I can see, is the REAL McCoy. You don’t even brush with it! Plus you need special nano-technology toothpaste. That is cool. I will keep you posted on this toothbrush.

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