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Electric Toothbrushes(5 posts)

Electric ToothbrushesI Love Shimano
Jan 27, 2002 12:00 PM
I recently recieved a Colgate Actibrush as a gift. What are your opinions on electric toothbrushes in general? Do they clean teeth more efficiently than regular toothbrushes? Have any of you considered using an electric toothbrush to clean your bike's drivetrain?
re: Electric ToothbrushesDINOSAUR
Jan 27, 2002 4:06 PM
I've been using a Sonicare electric toothbrush for about seven years or so. I'm not familiar with the Colgate Actibrush. I'm very happy with my Sonicare, it was recommended to me by my dental hygenist. Although I've heard dentists say that you can do just a good a job with an old fashioned tooth brush. The electric tooth brush is just an easy way to brush your teeth.

I've never comtemplated using one for cleaning my bikes drivetrain, it would be an expensive way to keep your chain clean, you would go through brushes very quickly, i'd use it for it's intended purpose. Keeping good care of your teeth saves money and you can make more purchases for your bike...over the years I've probably spent enough money on dental work to furnish my garage wall to wall with very expensive road bikes....
Good teeth and clean drivetrainsGotDropped
Jan 28, 2002 8:08 AM
A few questions to consider.

*Do you have dental problems?
*Lots of cavities?
*Bad gums?
*Are you asking because you don't want to use the electric toothbrush on your mouth?
*Or are you wondering if the Colgate brush is the best one?

Electic toothbrushes are proven to be more effective at cleaning teeth than manual brushes. Specifically, they prevent gum disease, cavities and reverse gingivitis. On Brauns web page, click the link to Research. Theres a bunch of studies about this.

http://www.oralb.com/products/product.asp?tid=products&sub=power&cid=power&pid=3d

What brush is best? Depends again, but my dentist recommends the Braun because the smaller brush head can get in places the Colgate brush won't.

That said, I don't think everyone "needs" an electric toothbrush. The braun costs about $30/year. If your teeth and gums are in great shape and you never hear the whirling of a dental drill, then the benefit may not outweight the cost. But if your like me (70 fillings, 2 root canals and 2 crowns) the cost/benefit relationship is asstounding. My Braun Oral-B saves me over $1500/year in dental costs.

Lastly, yes, I've used my Braun to clean my bike. Its works well--especially around the rear derailluer! After a brush head expires, I keep it around for just that purpose. Its also useful for cleaning: caulking/grout, around drains/faucets, countertop edgings, and gas ranges.
much bettermr_spin
Jan 28, 2002 8:19 AM
I've used one for several years now. Every once in a while I have to use a regular toothbrush, and I can really tell the difference. Sure, I could probably accomplish the same effect by hand, but it would take 10 times longer and probably wear out my arm.

The replacement heads are expensive. That's where they get you. It's really a subscription model. Whenever I see the heads on sale somewhere, I buy a couple packs.

I do save some of the old heads and use them to clean things occassionally. Not my drivetrain, however.
re: Electric ToothbrushesTJeanloz
Jan 28, 2002 8:35 AM
I used one on my teeth for a while, then I switched back to manual when I was traveling a lot, and never went back to the electric.

I do still use the electric for cleaning bike parts- it works quite well, and if you want a really nice polish, use toothpaste.