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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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No: But not a good idea. Hopefully swallowed foreign objects will pass without incident. ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No: The answer is no. Flossing properly with dental floss is the hands down best way to clean between teeth and prevent interproximal cavities and gums disease. All other methods may help to some degree but are not as effective. Having said that, and I hesitate to even say it, but doing something is better than nothing. However, I believe we should always strive to do our best in everything. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Soft cleans better!: Soft toothbrush bristles bend easier and are able to get into the nooks and crannies on and between the tooth and gum. The key is angulating the toothbrush correctly, about 45 degrees to the gum line and move the brush gently to dislodge and food or bacteria in the area. You'll need other tools to clean inbetween teeth. Even if you have root exposed, soft bristles will not damage the root surface. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Waterpik: Waterpiks are used to treat gum infections. When infected, the gum tissue swells. When it's healthy, it shrinks. If the waterpik is used properly ( have your dentist or hygienist demonstrate the proper techniques) it will not cause recession, though the healthy tissue will be lower than before. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I use a soft manual brush with soft stroke, use niteguard, floss. What situation is grafting not an option when there is significant gum recession?
Gum grafting: I am not exactly sure of your question. If you have sufficient attached gingiva, no muscle pulls, no sensitivity, good bone support, no esthetic concerns and a healthy periodontal condition, you don't necessarily require gum grafting. Your own dentist, whom i hope you trust, can answer your question best as he\she can actually see you and your x-rays. If necessary, get a referral to a periodontist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Both need to be done: Teeth require maintenance to last your life time. Daily brushing/flossing is necessary to remove the plaque that caused tooth decay. Any toothbrush used appropriately with suffice. Dental cleanings are performed 1-3 times/yr for most people to remove the hardened plaque(tarter) that causes gum disease. Your toothbrush cannot remove tarter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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.
Gum Recession: Improper homecare can cause gum recession. A waterpik is a great adjunct to homecare if used properly. It is good for patients who have difficulty manipulating floss and those who have pocketing too. Aiming the waterpik straight into the area between the teeth not up into the gum and spending time flushing each area creates suction (venturi effect) pulling debris out that the brush cant reach. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can Colgate 360 Degree Surround Adult Full Head, Soft Manual Toothbrush, 2 pack toothbrush with the back seal of package slightly open be expired?
Return it: The product is supposed to be sealed on purchase to protect the consumer. I would ask for a new one and explain to the merchant the seal was open when you bought this one. ...Read more
Dental hygienist said the high end Sonicare electric brush, when used properly, will add to gum recession all the time vs. circular motion Oral B.(?)
Corporate hype: This situation is likely a comment made from a sales rep visiting a dental office. The game here is...Sales rep from company "A" buys the hygenist's lunch and teaches them how to put down company "B." This unfortunately is the corporation trying to market products through professionals. I am often disappointed that there is rarely science to base any of these claims. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer