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Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 30, 2012 - 01:22pm PT
Yes, thanks to both our toothy friends!

Are there alternatives to the soniccare device to consider? If there are sub-types, is any one preferable to others?

Despite diligent flossing and brushing, I have to get my teeth professionally cleaned three or four times a year, and my dentist has suggested the sonic care.
darkmagus

Mountain climber
San Diego, CA
Nov 30, 2012 - 02:09pm PT
Thanks for your willingness to share your wealth of knowledge! That is a really cool thing to do. I'm thinking about doing the same kind of thing on here for my profession!
micronut

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 30, 2012 - 05:49pm PT
Thanks Yall, glad to help out a bit. This stuff is fun and easy for me. Like showin a newbie at the gym how to tie in. Its kinda second nature and fun to help.

Mighty Hiker,

Yeah, the others are pretty comparable in their ability to clean plaque. Honestly, plaque clings so loosely to the teeth you can get it off with little more than a light whisk and a spray of air sometimes. You can't remove tatar/calculus anyway, which is just mineralized plaque. The whole point is to use something you like so you'll use it.

The Sonicare cleans "Beyond the Bristles"...meaning it actually vibrates the plaque off at a micrioscopic ie: sonic level. It moves in a somewhat elliptical pattern and whisks off the plaque with the sonic frequency. You just have to get the bristles close, where the tooth meets the gum.

The others are just rotary. Meaning they spin or oscillate nicely, but the brsitles need to contact the plaque mass. I like the Braun and the Oral B as well. But if you're gonna shell out the coin for something with batteries, go with the sonic care. But ALWAYS GO SOFT or you'll be gettin gum grafts faster than Mark Hudon can jug a fixed line.
dirtbag

climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 05:57pm PT
"The tooth will set you free."
MisterE

Social climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 06:23pm PT
Thanks for the informative responses and video!

Umm, you guys do Grills?



J/K LOL!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Nov 30, 2012 - 06:35pm PT
Thanks for this thread micronut! Do either of you guys deal with snoring or sleep apnea? My girlfriend has been bugging me to go to the local dentist and look into one of those mouth guard type deals..
tooth

Trad climber
B.C.
Nov 30, 2012 - 07:39pm PT
Yes, I treat sleep apnea patients. CPAP machine is the gold standard. In BC you have to get a physician to diagnose the disease first, then prescribe a sleep appliance which the dentist will make. We have to make sure it won't make TMD issues worse and do a lot of other things, but then it can be places and adjusted over a few weeks. People do love them and they can be used in conjunction with the CPAP machine.


Micronut, have you ever done rapid root extrusion on teeth that were barely in bone (with say 5mm of buccal bone loss) before extracting (over 6 weeks) and then done an immediate implant? Pulling down all that new bone until the gingival margins are in the right spot works great.


MisterE, my wife did gold veneers for a guy when she was in SoCal.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Nov 30, 2012 - 08:19pm PT
Wow! Nice gesture, Scott!

I have always had horrendous teeth since I was a boy. Gotten worse since. I think I have a good guy working on me now. We're doing a 5 year plan to get me back in shape.

Essentially, I need crowns across the rims. Almost all of them. Had 5 extractions too! Just too much decay and that f*#ks with bacteria getting into your heart, from what I hear.

I trust these guys. Fellow Italians. Paesanos. 'Infantino' is the practice.

One thing I hate about dentists is extractions!!! Madonna! I can handle drills and shots in the face, but yarding on a tooth is killer!
bob

climber
Dec 1, 2012 - 06:37am PT
" If everybody starts flossing, I'm outta work"

Well the dentist said it!

Flossing really changed my mouth. (that battery powered brush stepped it up a notch too!) Now I just have to deal with that old damage.......

Thank you Micronut and all you dental folk. I know where I'll make my next appointment.

Bob Jensen
Silver

Gym climber
Dec 1, 2012 - 06:59am PT
I just broke number 30 in half and had to have it pulled and grafted for the implant. Good news is you get the thing pulled and you have 9 months before you need to shell out the big bucks for the post and then you get another three months to save for the crown.

All in know is every time I open my mouth at the dentist it's a grand so micro yer 300 patients away from paying of that loan.

Thanks for the help thread.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Dec 1, 2012 - 07:54am PT
Tooth...A retired , old fart dentist mentioned that using baking soda was a good way to clean teeth..? What's your take on that...? Old wives tale..? RJ
locker

Social climber
Douchebag Central
Dec 1, 2012 - 07:56am PT


The baking soda idea isn't an "Old wives tale" that I am aware of...

Even my own Dentist has suggested it...

rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Dec 1, 2012 - 08:02am PT
Thanks locker...I'll get that credit card number to your secretary as soon as i dig it out of my wallet...RJ
locker

Social climber
Douchebag Central
Dec 1, 2012 - 08:24am PT

That'll be $165.00 total...

Giving you a discount for knowing the "Two finger salute"...



EDITED:

PS...

they even make toothpaste with Baking Soda already in it...
tooth

Trad climber
B.C.
Dec 1, 2012 - 08:28am PT
Baking soda is the additive in some toothpaste that is equivalent to the sand in sandpaper.

You need it on your toothbrush as badly as you need it on your floss.


In reality, just the physical disturbance of smooth floss between your teeth, or nylon bristles massaging between your teeth and just under your gums will do the trick.


Toothpaste helps with all sorts of things (it's big business - bigger than actual dentistry itself) but those things aren't needed if you just brush and floss.





I can recommend it just for the simple reason that it won't cause problems other than excessive abrasion on your enamel if you go overboard with it.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Dec 1, 2012 - 08:38am PT
Locker...You get the one finger salute for that excessive charge of 165...Thanks tooth ...that makes sense with the baking soda...less is better..RJ
locker

Social climber
Douchebag Central
Dec 1, 2012 - 08:45am PT


I am only following the medical pricing guidelines, Rotting...

The $165.00 for NOTHING, is standard...

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 1, 2012 - 10:51am PT
I think it's been implied, but I want to make sure I understand something about flossing.

Like so many products, there are now a zillion types of floss to chose from. Are they equivalent? Or are certain kinds better? Some of friggin' ropes...who can get those between their teeth? Or worse, how do they get the stuck rope out?
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 1, 2012 - 10:51am PT
Oh, and by reading this thread, I was prompted to get up and floss right now.

(wipes floss projectiles off screen)
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 1, 2012 - 10:58am PT
Okay, one more question...

I have a fizzy water problem (e.g., club soda). I have a penguin (love it!). So is this as bad as coke? Less bad? Benign?

Thanks for this thread. It's terrific!
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