While Chacoda was regularly having his teeth brushed with the rotary toothbrush (and really great at it too), we noticed that there was some plaque build-up on his back teeth that, while not bad, just wasn't budging. So this past month I introduced Chuck to the Sonicare toothbrush with the hopes that it would just blast that plaque right off.
As you can see from this picture, the Sonicare brush is overall much larger, has a head that is similar in size to the manual toothbrushes, but what you can't see is that it vibrates significantly more than the rotary toothbrush (it will vibrate the toothpaste right off).
Since I have never used a Sonicare brush myself, I tried it first (when it was brand new and clean) so that I would have a better idea of what Chuck would be experiencing. Let me tell you, that brush makes your mouth tickle! I also learned from those that have regularly used this type of brush that it can cause some gum sensitivity in the beginning.
Taking these two things into consideration, I chose to start with Chuck's bottom teeth and only when he was very comfortable, move on to the top. My thought was that this would allow Chuck to become accustomed to the sensation of the brush, while minimizing any mouth sensitivity he may experience.
So far it's working well. As of today, Chuck will allow me to continue to brush his top teeth with the rotary brush while brushing his bottom teeth with the new Sonicare brush! This video shows just how comfortable Chuck is with the new Sonicare (and if you look closely in the beginning, you will notice the toothpaste nearly flying off the brush)!
Of course, how are we going to know for sure that this brush (or any) are working? Here is a picture of Chuck's mouth before we started using the Sonicare toothbrush. You may notice that the teeth in the back are darker than the ones in the front - that is because of that plaque build-up I mentioned earlier. In a few weeks I will take another picture of Chuck's teeth to check how the new toothbrush is working. So be sure to check back and hopefully we can see a difference.