Every time Natasha Vigille sips a glass of cold water, she winces in agony. It’s the price she’s paying for years of diligent brushing of her teeth.
For Natasha, like millions, loved the fresh, smooth feeling a blast with a powerful electric toothbrush gave her. So much so, that she wore away the protective layer of her tooth enamel, and exposed the sensitive root, with inevitable, painful consequences.
Natasha, a 40-year-old carer, was swayed into swapping her manual brush for an electric three years ago.
‘I was caring for a lady with cerebral palsy at the time and used to watch her clean her teeth, and it looked amazing,’ recalls Natasha. ‘An electric toothbrush seemed to clean her teeth thoroughly with hardly any effort.’
Natasha bought one and started using it twice daily. After a year, however, she started noticing alarming changes.
‘On my bottom front teeth, my gums were noticeably receding,’ she says. ‘This was when the sensitivity started, too. Whenever I drank anything very hot or cold, it hurt so much my eyes would water.’
She assumed a cavity or abscess was to blame - even though she’d always prided herself on her perfect teeth.
The dentist’s diagnosis came as a shock. ‘She blamed my electric toothbrush,’ says Natasha, from London. ‘I am a fastidious brusher and the dentist said it was likely I was over-brushing: using the brush too vigorously or brushing for longer than two minutes.’
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