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What is best: sonic toothbrush, rotating toothbrush, or manual brush?

What is best:  sonic toothbrush, rotating toothbrush, or manual brush?

Sonic: All dental care can work well regardless of the device if used regularly and properly. The sonic device has been proven to be a little more effective than equivalently used other devices. But it is more expensive, a little less convenient and does not travel so well. But take care of your teeth well and they will serve you well for all of your life. ...Read more

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Does a sonicare toothbrush work better than a manual toothbrush?

Does a sonicare toothbrush work better than a manual toothbrush?

Yes: clinical studies show a dramatic improvement in overall oral health. We highly recommend using either sonicare or oral-B ...Read more

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Is a waterpik or electric toothbrush better?

Is a waterpik or electric toothbrush better?

Thanks for asking!: I prefer the electric vibrating tooth brush over the waterpic. Whatever does the best job in your hands of mechanically removing the plaque around your teeth. Try getting a chewable disclosing tablet from your dentist and you can compare which does the best job removing the plaque. ...Read more

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10yr old w/ spd its fight to brush teeth, any unflavored toothpaste, & extra soft brush? It is a sensory problem , he gags from taste of toothpaste.

10yr old w/ spd its fight to brush teeth, any unflavored toothpaste, & extra soft brush? It is a sensory problem , he gags from taste of toothpaste.

Toothfighting: You can brush without toothpaste and it will clean your teeth. There is a topical spray you can get that will help the gag reflex but I would try without toothpaste frsti ...Read more

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Can a toothbrush with somewhat hard bristles n with eigh.four each side. rubber spikes I.e gum massagers n crisscross bristles harm enamel or gums???

Can a toothbrush with somewhat hard bristles n with eigh.four each side. rubber spikes I.e gum massagers n crisscross bristles harm enamel or gums???

Not recommended: Hard toothbrushes are not recommended by dental professionals. Users of hard bristled brushes usually omit the important areas which need brushing the most: near the margins of the gingiva and dental papilla. This omission is because the hard brush hurts the soft tissue when the toothbrush touches the area. The soft brushes reduce trauma to the gingiva and promote good dental health. ...Read more

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Dentists--please tell us your preferred electric toothbrushes for people with plaque. Also any nonelectric toothbrush for people with grip challenges?

Dentists--please tell us your preferred electric toothbrushes for people with plaque. Also any nonelectric toothbrush for people with grip challenges?

Sonicare: Most of our staff use these happily. One way to make gripping a manual toothbrush easier is to drill a hole in a tennis ball and insert the brush handle tightly into it. Arthritic hands find that much easier than gripping a small handle. ...Read more

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Sonicare toothbrush as good as other electric ones?

Sonicare toothbrush as good as other electric ones?

Sonicare is Great: I generally recommend the sonicare to all my patients, and I use one myself. ...Read more

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Is dental floss more effective than an interdental brush?

Is dental floss more effective than an interdental brush?

Different tools: An interdental brush will clean the space between the teeth that is near the gumline, where the teeth do not touch. Floss cleans the contact point where two adjacent teeth touch, a spot where the brush does not fit. ...Read more

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Is dental floss more effective than floss picks?

Is dental floss more effective than floss picks?

Dental floss: For efficiency and patient compliance, I find that my patients do better with the floss picks. From a pure cleaning standpoint, floss wraps around the teeth better if you use is properly. If you are doing one or the other, you are doing better than 90 percent of America, so pat yourself on the back. Just make sure to floss daily along with twice daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste ...Read more

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Are electric toothbrush and waterpik good for teeth?

Are electric toothbrush and waterpik good for teeth?

Can be helpful: Those devices can be very helpful in removing food and debris from your teeth. The most important thing to remove is plaque and bacteria. To completely do this, flossing is a must. It is the only thing that will get between the teeth and gums where the bacteria congregates. Keep up the good work. ...Read more

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Waterpik vs dental floss? Which is better?

Waterpik vs dental floss? Which is better?

Easy...dental floss!: A waterpik and/or airflosser are great products, however they are not a replacement for good flossing habits--they are a replacement for not flossing. This is not the same thing. These tools can be incorporated in your regular dental home care to stimulate gum tissue and help clean around braces or under dental bridges but it is still not better than floss. Sorry to be the bearer of this news. ...Read more

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Swallowed about 55 toothbrush bristles ?

Swallowed about 55 toothbrush bristles ?

New toothbrush: You need a new toothbrush. By the time you read this answer, the bristles will have passed into your intestines. Be careful next time. ...Read more

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Is brushing teeth with soda ok?

Is brushing teeth with soda ok?

Baking Soda?: The baking soda works as an abrasive, much like coarse sandpaper vs fine grit sand paper. I discourage the use of baking soda... Even in toothpaste as i feel it is too abrasive for teeth. ...Read more

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Which is better, floss before brush or brush before floss?

Which is better, floss before brush or brush before floss?

Floss first: The floss will disrupt the plaque between your teeth, allowing it to be more easily brushed away. ...Read more

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Are power brushes really better than regular toothbrush?

Are power brushes really better than regular toothbrush?

No: I used to think if you were careful, manuel toothbrushing was as effective as electric. Then i started using a sonicare and my gums and teeth are much cleaner. My periodontal probings(pockets) have all improved. By using the electric toothbrush exclusively and flossing daily, you too can achieve better oral health. ...Read more

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How can dental hygienists remember periodontal pocket measurements without writing them down?

How can dental hygienists remember periodontal pocket measurements without writing them down?

I am sure recorded: I am sure that the measurements are being recorded, either manually, on computer or there are some programs where the instrument doing the measuring senses the reading and records. Need to have a record to compare on subsequent visits and protocol. ...Read more

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Dds/dmd: side-to-side (pockets better addressed) brushing in a gentle manner using a soft toothbrush is better than up and down brushing?

Dds/dmd: side-to-side (pockets better addressed) brushing in a gentle manner using a soft toothbrush is better than up and down brushing?

Not true: Using a back & forth motion with a soft brush is fine for the chewing surfaces. On the sides of the teeth it is better to use a circular motion at the gum line for proper cleaning & to prevent wearing notches in the teeth. ...Read more

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Where can I buy an electric tooth brush & a water pic?

Where can I buy an electric tooth brush & a water pic?

Your pharmacy: You can start looking in your pharmacy, but many retailers nowadays carry these types of products, from the big box stores to the mall stores. ...Read more

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