Emmi-Dent ultrasonic toothbrush by Emmi-Tech Inc.
$189 at Amazon.com
We’ve all seen electric toothbrushes. Well, here’s an electronic one, a German-made device distributed by a company in Canton. The Emmi-Dent uses ultrasonic vibrations to kill mouth bacteria and polish teeth. So claims the company, and after using for a week, I think they’re onto something.
The Emmi-Dent takes getting used to. It requires a specially-formulated toothpaste that’s pretty expensive--$12 for two eight-ounce tubes. Also, you don’t actually brush your teeth with the device. Instead, you press the bristles of the brush against your teeth, one or two at a time, while the Emmi-Dent vibrates against them. Getting at every tooth surface took me anywhere from seven to 10 minutes, compared to the usual two-minute scrub with a standard brush. But a company spokeswoman told me I was spending way too much time per tooth, and I’m inclined to believe her.
In any case, I was impressed with the results. The Emmi-Dent left my teeth feeling cleaner than usual, almost as if they’d been professionally polished. And while I’m not quite certain of it, they appear a little whiter than before.
Considering the high cost of the Emmi-Dent and its toothpaste, and the extra time needed to use them, I’ll soon go back to my old-school brushing. But among people obsessed with dental hygiene, this ultrasonic toothbrush may create quite a buzz.
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