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Waterpik Vs Electric Toothbrush
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
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 won't help as much. Use dental floss or a small brush that fits between your teeth commonly known as an interproximal brush. ...Read more
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
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
Electric: I recommend electric toothbrush (sonicare). The vibrations are more effective than the battery. ...Read more
More effective: The action of the bristles on your teeth and gums disrupts the bacterial colonies better than your manual brushing. ...Read more
Electric: An electric toothbrush has been shown to be more efficient in cleaning your teeth and gums. ...Read more
Not a good idea: Your child really doesn't have the eye-hand coordination to brush properly until about age 5-6. Until then you should be doing it for her. Please take her asap to a pediatric dental specialist for age-appropriate oral hygiene instructions, diet/fluoride/sugar advice, jaw and tooth development evaluation, a thorough examination, and for your child to bond w the specialist. Don't wait until age 2. ...Read more
Oral B or sonacare: Both are excellent-- just a matter of personal preference. Sonacare tends to have stronger vibrations-- some people love them (myself included), others like the oral b better. But both are great. ...Read more
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I have recently got a electric toothbrush. I've been using it for a few days till I noticed two small brown dot on tooth that wasn't there before?
Spots: It is impossible to tell you what this spot is without seeing it. So see your dentist and get it checked. It may be stain decalcifications or it may be decay. Get checked. ...Read more
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
Wanted to know if I can replace the toothpaste with mouthwash if I'm using an electric toothbrush?
Yes, most likely: All otc products are formulated to be standard for the large mass. This does not mean everyone does well with them, but they are for "most people"--with no significant or particular needs. Please know that irritated gums are common when switching tooth paste. Make sure your gums are comfortable ; normal before using e-tooth brush, as it can be quite powerful on the gum if irritated. ...Read more
I have an electric toothbrush and noticed that after using it, my gums bleed a little and hurt too. Is that normal in the beginning?
Can be: Initially you might be putting too much pressure on it, or your gums are very inflamed. The brush does all the work, so you must learn to put it in place and leave it-- not brush back/forth, up/down. Also, the oral B and the sonicare have built-in detectors that let you know if you are putting too much pressure on it. Oral B flashes red light, and sonicare changes speed. Be gentle. Good Luck. ...Read more
I had a bad receding gum and got a new electric toothbrush and it healed back to normal but then a small white spot showed up on the gum. No pain?
Too much toothpaste: White spot will disappear; too much toothpaste is not good for the teeth and gums, pea size is plenty! Stay away from abrasive toothpastes, Pronamel has very low abrasively! ...Read more
I use an electric toothbrush. I get cold sores frequently. How can I sanitize my toothbrush? At $22 per head I cannot afford to replace each time.
Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate): Ask your dentist to write a rxn for peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate). It is an antimicrobial mouth rinse. You can rinse your brush head in hot water, then let it soak in this for 15 - 30 minutes, then rinse again and allow to dry. Also, you might invest in 2 brush heads and alternate so they dry completely. Good luck. The cold sores are viral. If herpes, ask your dentist for rxn for acyclivir. Often helps. ...Read more
Not right away: Avoid disturbing the area of the extraction for 24 hours then clean it very gently for the first couple of days. After that, your electric toothbrush should be ok if used carefully. The reasoning is to try to avoid the discomfort of a dry socket which can result of the blood clot in the extraction socket is disturbed. ...Read more
Maybe: If your gums are sensitive, start with a new soft bristled manual brush and gently brush after every meal. Floss or use an oral irrigator as well. In time your gums will firm and you can switch to an electric toothbrush if you choose. ...Read more
What to do if every day with a philips sonicare electric toothbrush and I floss. Are cavities genetic?
What to do: First, many patients brush & floss before eating rather than after and do so inadequately for proper time. No brushing & flossing can counter a diet high in unrefined sugars or acids as with many sports drinks. Are you flossing and rinsing 2-3 times per day? See your dentist who can actually examine you and go over your habits and oral hygiene techniques as well as diet. No one is doomed to decay! ...Read more
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