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Which is better for dental care: the philips sonicare or the oral-b professional care tooth brush?

15 doctors weighed in across 8 answers
Dr. Gary Klugman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

They are equal: There has been a lot of research on that. The research funded by the company found their electric toothbrush better. Independent research has been they are pretty much equal, and usually better the a manual toothbrush. Personally i like the oral-b because i don't like the vibration in the sonicare. I am sure some like the vibration. I would never ask a patient to switch from one to the other.

Answered 2/5/2013

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Dr. Hans Reinemer answered

Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry

Effort vs gadget: There are many products out there that claim to be the best and much of it is marketing. Any product, if used consistently and thoroughly, will do an adequate job. Brushing 2 minutes, twice daily, with any brush on the market, along with flossing will help one achieve good oral health.

Answered 1/31/2013

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Dr. Gabriel Malouf answered

Specializes in Dentistry

The difference is U.: Most people could do an excellent job cleaning their teeth with any good toothbrush & floss. Brushing wrong will damage your teeth & gums. Choose a brush that is soft or extra-soft with polished bristles; the brushes you listed fit this description, and so do many which cost less. Note that flossing is often more important than brushing. Pick a floss that is "catchy" enough to pull the "goo" off.

Answered 2/2/2013

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Dr. Alan Krause answered

Specializes in

Both Brushes good: Both brushes are quite good if used properly for the prescribed two minutes and techniques. Studies show that they are about the same, but definitely better than a manual brush.

Answered 7/6/2013

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Dr. Steven Hart answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

Personal preference: I have found that this is personal preference. Both products are excellent as they do a much better job than manual toothbrushes. Our patients that have switched to the mechanical brushes have noticed a significant improvement in their oral hygiene (as well as more comfortable visits with the dental hygienist). I personally use the oral-b.

Answered 11/9/2015

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Dr. James Beck answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Personal preference: I personally use the sonicare and i love it. I also sell it to my patients. I think both are probably good. Read some reviews on amazon or google. I will tell you the cheap battery powered toothbrushes are probably no better than manual, and maybe worse because they give you the false sense of security that they are cleaning better.

Answered 12/9/2013

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Dr. Hilary Baskin answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Coke vs pepsi: Both are excellent-- just a matter of personal preference. Sonacare tends to have stronger vibrations-- some people love them (myself included), others like the oral b better. But both are great.

Answered 5/12/2015

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Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

No difference: Both brands are the market leaders and both have been around for more than 30 years and FDA approved.

Answered 3/3/2016

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