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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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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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Could my oral b electric toothbrush be causing gum recession?

Could my oral b electric toothbrush be causing gum recession?

3 causes: 3 most common causes of gum recession are 1) gum disease, 2) malocclusion, & 3) overly aggressive brushing technique. Don't blame the toothbrush, blame the operator. Talk to your Dentist/Hygienist about your oral health and your oral hygiene program. ...Read more

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Does swallowing foil or toothbrush bristles caused appendicitis?

Does swallowing foil or toothbrush bristles caused appendicitis?

No: But not a good idea. Hopefully swallowed foreign objects will pass without incident. ...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???

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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???

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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Does using a soft toothbrush lessen gum disease and back tooth decay?

Does using a soft toothbrush lessen gum disease and back tooth decay?

Toothbrush: Proper brushing and flossing technique will lessen periodontal disease. Have your dental hygienist demonstrate the proper technique. Soft brush is ideal. ...Read more

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Can a waterpik replace flossing?

Can a waterpik replace flossing?

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 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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Does using a soft toothbrush lessen gum disease or increase tooth decay?

Does using a soft toothbrush lessen gum disease or increase tooth decay?

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 more

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Could a waterpik cause gum recession?

Could a waterpik cause gum recession?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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Compare quality of cleaning with regular and electric teeth brushing device?

Compare quality of cleaning with regular and electric teeth brushing device?

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 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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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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Can brushing your teeth with abraisive toothpast cause damage?

Can brushing your teeth with abraisive toothpast cause damage?

Probably : Using a strong abrasive agent can cause wearing of the dental enamel. Toothpastes in us are fda regulated and tend to have optimal abrasives. ...Read more

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Can a waterpik cause gum recession?

Can a waterpik cause gum recession?

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 more

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Can Colgate 360 Degree Surround Adult Full Head, Soft Manual Toothbrush, 2 pack toothbrush with the back seal of package slightly open be expired?

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

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Oral hygiene - which is most important: brushing teeth, flossing, or brushing the tongue?

All: Brushing removes plaque from your teeth to prevent cavities and gum disease. Flossing aids in removing plaque between your teeth preventing gum disease. Brushing your tongue improves home care by removing sulfer producing bacteria implicating in causing bad breath. ...Read more

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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.(?)

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 more

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