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Doctor insights on: Removing Plaque With An Electric Toothbrush Vs. A Manual Toothbrush

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Is electric toothbrush better than manual for removing plaque?

Is electric toothbrush better than manual for removing plaque?

Easier: It definately makes it easier to remove the plaque. The mouth feel after using one is actually encouraging enough to make you want to brush mor consistently. ...Read more

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Is an electric toothbrush enough for plaque or do I need a waterpik too ?

TEnter an answer sum: The toothbrush only gets the outside surfaces. You need to clean between your teeth where most tooth decay and gum disease start a water-pik alone wont help as much. Use dental floss or a small brush that fits between your teeth commonly known as an interproximal brush. ...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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Any suggestions on which electric toothbrush is better?

Any suggestions on which electric toothbrush is better?

Depends: There are basically two types of electric toothbrushes. There is the ‘rotation-oscillation' type. Braun oral b seems to be the market leaders here. The other type are 'sonic' types. Phillips sonicare seems to lead the way here. As for which type is best, it is a personal preference. Both are effective at plaque removal. I personally would prefer the oscillation type. ...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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What makes an electric toothbrush better than a normal one?

More effective: The action of the bristles on your teeth and gums disrupts the bacterial colonies better than your manual brushing. ...Read more

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Should i just get a electric toothbrush or waterpik too?

Should i just get a electric toothbrush or waterpik too?

Use both: Electric toothbrush is to brush teeth on front back and the top... Where as waterpik helps to dislodhe plaque or foid in between the teeth..Would advise flossing. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my gums to bleed and hurt a little from using electric toothbrush?

Is it normal for my gums to bleed and hurt a little from using electric toothbrush?

Bleeding gums: You may have gingivitis or/and periodontal disease. Plaque is a sticky bio film that can be removed with a toothbrush, calculus is a harder and attaches itself to the tooth and root surface and needs to be removed professionally by a hygienist or dentist. See you dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What can I do if my gums bleed after I use my electric toothbrush?

What can I do if my gums bleed after I use my electric toothbrush?

Don't give up!: If your good habits at home, i.e. Brushing and flossing, don't reduce the problem, you may have more serious periodontitis rather than just gingivitis. See your dentist soon. It may be too involved for you to manage on your own. ...Read more

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Is it bad to keep your waterpik and electric toothbrush on bathroom counter all the time?

Is it bad to keep your waterpik and electric toothbrush on bathroom counter all the time?

Keep it dry: A toothbrush will always retain some bacteria and plaque remnants however keeping it dry and well rinsed off between brushing will help protect you from cross contamination. ...Read more