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View Poll Results: What kind of tooth brushes and flossers do you use??
Electric toothbrush only 8 40.00%
Electric flosser (air or water) only 1 5.00%
Both electric toothbrush and flosser 6 30.00%
Neither.. I use manual methods only 5 25.00%
Voters: 20. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 07-16-2019, 12:12 AM
 
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I have used both for over 20 years.
At 70+ I still have all my teeth!

But I just read that only 5% of Americans use electric toothbrushes?!!
Is this possible?

Please take the poll.. and let's find out!
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Old 07-16-2019, 12:23 AM
 
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I have used both for over 20 years.
At 70+ I still have all my teeth!

But I just read that only 5% of Americans use electric toothbrushes?!!
Is this possible?

Please take the poll.. and let's find out!
Where is the poll?

I use an electric toothbrush, and keep one of those floss sticks next to my tv chair....use it after eating

Also get my teeth cleaned at least three times a year......

Have all my teeth, but also crowns, one bridge..
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Old 07-16-2019, 06:09 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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I use an electric (spin)brush, manual floss, water pik, and end with mouthwash rinse before bed. Almost 63, teeth and gums are hanging in there. Hygienist is happy with the results.
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Old 07-16-2019, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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Manual
Tried an electric toothbrush few years back. Didn't care for it
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Old 07-16-2019, 07:32 AM
 
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I use a Sonicare brush and a WaterPik. I'm 66 and the hygienist is happy with the shape my gums are in. I still have dental issues- used to have lots of cavities as a kid, so I now have a few implants, a bridge, some crowns, etc. Most of the time, though, I have clear checkups.
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Old 07-16-2019, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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Manual
Tried an electric toothbrush few years back. Didn't care for it

I can't imagine someone trying an electric toothbrush and not caring for it. I could never go back to a regular toothbrush. I'm able to clean every surface of my teeth much more thoroughly with an electric brush. With a regular brush, I know I wasn't brushing some areas very well.
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Old 07-16-2019, 12:47 PM
 
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I use a manual brush, an electric brush, and floss. I like squeaky clean teeth.
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Old 07-16-2019, 12:56 PM
 
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I have been using an electric toothbrush for years. I forgot it, when I went away for a few days. I bought a manual one.....I felt like I was three again, just learning how to brush.
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Old 07-16-2019, 01:01 PM
 
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Since it's Prime Day, what are recommendations for a good electric brush? I have an older Oral-B (Braun??) that is starting to go and will need to be replaced soon.
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Old 07-16-2019, 03:36 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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IMHO people like to get lost in the weeds about this. It probably matters MOST that you brush and floss regularly and also get dental cleanings for the spots you can't reach well. The actual device you choose to use may not matter all that much. Then there's heredity...for some unfortunate folks their teeth are prone to decay regardless what they do. They can slow the process down with good care of course. I've known several people who used every device, every product, are fanatical about cleaning their teeth and they still end up needing a lot of dental work. It would just be worse if they didn't pay that much attention.

FWIW, I use a manual brush sometimes and an electric sometimes, whatever is convenient. I like both. Didn't know about or start flossing until an adult, but I like those little floss picks and keep them handy by a reading/tv chair. First filling in college due to breaking a piece off a tooth on the corner of a desk. A couple of small fillings since, but they have been stable for decades. I was "given" small and crooked teeth that just don't cause trouble. Do I appreciate this good fortune? Sure! Neither parent lost teeth or needed dentures. One dentist commented that mine may not be all that pretty, but they seem to be tough as pig iron and he hoped he'd never have to pull one.

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