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Sonic tooth brush and the dental problems

By valerie 1/21/2011 7:58:12 PM
Ever since I started using the sonicare toothbrush my teeth have been chipping, my fillings have been breaking off, I am tired all the time, and I have gained 15 pounds. Could the sonic waves be ruining the integrity/structure of my teeth & fillings and could it interfere with the functioning of my thyroid?
Posted By : Dr. Ritz on 1/21/2011 7:58:12 PM

It looks like you  are not using the brush properly. Normally the sonic tooth brush does not cause any problem but if used vigrously it may cause chipping of the restoratons and the wearing ofthe teeth. It should not be used like manual tooth brush but has to be used gently. Whatever it does not interfere in any systemic function so the thyroid functioning is not effected by this. It must be a coincidence that your other problems aggravated at the same time. for more info on sonic tooth brushes you can visit the following

Posted By : Nan Breezee on 4/6/2011 2:03:45 PM
I had 3 teeth brake using the sonic toothbrush. It has a timer in 4 sets for each side. My fillings isn't breaking but taking big chunks of my enamal. I quite suing it. And I didn't brush vigerously. It has damaged 3 teeth extensively.
Posted By : Dr. Ritz on 4/6/2011 7:03:43 PM
It looks like that your teeth have some other problem. The thing you are saying cannot happen with sonic toothbrush. May be your teeth have become weak due to decay. You have to schedule an appointment with your dentist and get them clinicall examined. In the meanwhile you can use manual brush.
Posted By : janine on 4/30/2011 8:22:20 PM
My dentist recommended that I purchase the sonicare system. After several weeks of use, two of my healthy teeth chipped (one of the top row, one on the bottom row). This is a terrible product and now i'll have to pay thousands of dollars to repair my teeth!!
Posted By : Suzy on 5/1/2011 1:20:42 PM
I have used sonic toothbrush for 4 years. No problems with chipping, or anything else. Great for the gum line.
Posted By : song mu on 11/7/2011 7:44:25 PM
I have use the Sonicare toothbrush and couple of days ago, got second tooth chipped. and found this posting. I convinced it might something to do with the toothbrush
Posted By : Dr Ritz on 11/7/2011 11:44:53 PM
Song mu, Chipping of tooth can't be because of sonic tooth brushing. You might be using the brush vigorously which is causing the chipping of tooth. sonic brush has to be used gently. Tooth can get chipped off because of trauma to the tooth or because of chewing on something very hard. If tooth is chipped off, then you need to get it restored. If small portion of tooth is chipped off, then it can be restored with dental filling and if large portion of tooth is chipped off, then root canal followed by dental crown may also be required. Sonic tooth brushing has nothing to do with tooth chipping.
Posted By : Charles on 12/29/2011 9:07:31 AM
I have been using the sonic toothbrush for years. I absolutely love it! So does my dentist!
Posted By : Paige on 5/7/2012 8:46:33 PM
Dr. Ritz, can you please reference some data? You keep saying sonic toothbrushes cannot chip teeth, but you provide no information to back up your claim. I had my dentist SHOW me how to use it properly, and within four months had three molars literally break into pieces after while GENTLY using my Sonicare toothbrush. You don't work for Sonicare by any chance, hmmm?
Posted By : Robyn on 6/7/2012 3:43:19 PM
Dr Ritz: I would also ask that you cite some evidence for your assertions that sonic toothbrushes can't damage teeth. If you can't actually cite research evidence then what you're saying is just your opinion, not fact. My dentist has told me to use an electric, but NOT sonic, toothbrush. Not only has he had large numbers of patients whose teeth have chipped and cracked when using sonic toothbrushes, but he himself has suffered two cracked teeth - and he knows *exactly* how to use a sonic toothbrush without it (supposedly) causing damage.
Posted By : BR on 6/14/2012 9:24:37 AM
It is time Sonicare paid attention to all of these complaints. These may be legit. I am having problems as well with shattering of teeth within two bridges - this is serious.
Posted By : Miss B on 7/17/2012 11:56:47 AM

I also have noticed tooth chippings since I began using the Sonicare toothbrush. I have followed all the instructions for use entirely as described. I do think the product gives me a cleaner feeling than a normal brush, but now I am left with permanent damage to my teeth. My dentist has also advisedly to give up the product as he is seeing this happen more and more as people adopt (buy into) the Sonicare system. I suppose there is nothing wrong with buying a good old fashioned $3-10 toothbrush. 

Posted By : Dr.Ritz on 7/17/2012 11:43:16 PM
Miss B it seems like ur using the brush too vigorously on ur teeth for cleaning and that is causing chipping of ur teeth.You need to make sure that the sonic toothbrush needs to be used like a normal manual brush and very gently.But if u feel that ur more comfortable with manual brush and it is helping u in maintaining adequate oral health then u can go for it. Tooth can get chipped off because of trauma to the tooth or because of chewing on something very hard. If tooth is chipped off, then you need to get it restored.For the chippings u can get ur teeth restored, if there are small chippings then u can go for tooth coloured filling like composite and if it is a large portion of tooth chipped off then go for RCT followed by dental crown.
Posted By : joyful on 1/19/2013 3:35:43 PM
Yes it can chip teeth when the hard edge of the SonicCare device holding the brushes hit the teeth. Chipped mine 2 times when cleaning the back side of teeth. Just had my front tooth repaired because of it.
Posted By : Jim on 2/11/2013 11:21:40 AM
I got a sonic toothbrush a few months ago, and just got my 2nd chipped tooth since I started using it. I blame the brushes hitting against my teeth. I'm going back to manual.

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