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Battery is a term for a physical attack on one person from another person. Battery can also mean a ...Read more


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Which is better --- a manual toothbrush or battery operated?

Which is better --- a manual toothbrush or battery operated?

Both: Any brush is good if used regularly and correctly. Most dentists recommend choosing a soft-bristled brush if you are using a manual brush. With power brushes one must take extra care not to be too aggressive, as the bristles tend to be hard. A power brush should only be guided and not leaned on. Try both and see which one works best for you. Just remember to floss as well! ...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 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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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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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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Will bionics one day replace prosthetic devices?

Will bionics one day replace prosthetic devices?

Maybe: Prosthetic devices are the mainstay of reconstructive surgery today. Although we do not know exactly what the future will hold, there is a tremendous amount of research being done to identify biologic means to replace faulty or worn out body parts. It will be interesting to see the developments over the next several decades, but the results of research remain uncertain at this time. ...Read more

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Is it safe to clean your retainers with a colgate soft total advanced whitening toothbrush? would the whitening harm the retainer?

Is it safe to clean your retainers with a colgate soft total advanced whitening toothbrush? would the whitening harm the retainer?

No toothpaste: Brush retainers on removal and just before reinsertion with a soft toothbrush, no toothpaste. All toothpastes, especially whitening toothpastes, are slightly abrasive and can scratch acrylic. Place into denture cleaner (Polident, Efferdent) daily. ...Read more

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Is it safe to clean your retainers with a colgate soft total advanced whitening toothbrush? would the whitening IN THE TOOTHBRUSH harm the retainer?

Is it safe to clean your retainers with a colgate soft total advanced whitening toothbrush? would the whitening IN THE TOOTHBRUSH harm the retainer?

Whitening: Anything labeled whitening usually has higher than normal levels of abrasives. Brush your retainer 2x/day with a plain soft toothbrush, no toothpaste. Put your retainer into denture cleaner (follow package directions) EVERY day. ...Read more

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I brush my retainers with a colgate soft total advanced whitening toothbrush for 3 weeks, should i switch to a NEW RETAINER because of abrasives?

Retainers: Brush them every time you brush your teeth. Use a plain soft toothbrush. Brush gently but thoroughly, including any wires. Avoid toothpaste or whitening agents as abrasivity can dull the shine of the plastic. Place retainers into Denture Cleaner (Polident, Efferdent) while you eat dinner. After dinner rinse them carefully and put back into your mouth. ...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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Can the ionic toothbrush really work?

Can the ionic toothbrush really work?

Snake oil!: I have not seen a study or a juried scientific article that shows an "ionic" brush imparts any special cleaning effects. Don't waste your money! ...Read more

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Compare valplast flexible vs. Metal single tooth denture for chewing & hot/cold drinks? Do they have different affects?

Compare valplast flexible vs. Metal single tooth denture for chewing & hot/cold drinks? Do they have different affects?

Hands down!: Replacing a single tooth with a flexible removable is silly, unless you really can't afford anything else and it is a front tooth that shows, or used for a short temporary replacement. A single implant supported crown is the best way to go, hands down! an implant crown will look and feel like your own tooth and last decades or a lifetime. A flexible partial will collect food, be annoying, etc. ...Read more

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How does a 2 unit dental acrylic nesbit differ in price from that of a removable partial denture with typical metal clasps across teeth? ADA codes?

How does a 2 unit dental acrylic nesbit differ in price from that of a removable partial denture with typical metal clasps across teeth? ADA codes?

Professional fees: They vary from office to office, so no concrete difference can be quoted. It may cost you a bit less for the unilateral RPD. ADA code for unilateral RPD is D5281, and for a RPD with metal substructure and claps for the mandible is D5214 ...Read more

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Does the power tip with the oral b electric toothbrush really work?

Does the power tip with the oral b electric toothbrush really work?

It does: The key with any toothbrush is consistency. Make sure you use it regularly and diligently around the areas where it's indicated. It'll never replace flossing though. ...Read more