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Old 04-21-2009, 08:56 AM   #21
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The gaps between my teeth catch fibre (meat and celery are the worst) which can hurt, so I have floss everywhere--in my desk, in my coat pockets, in the car. The dentist likes that.

Also have electric toothbrush. Never have used waterpick. Must investigate.
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:32 AM   #22
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I have an Oral-B Professional Care 6500 Waterjet. Really gets the nitty gritty out.
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For those with interdental spaces and/or have hand problems, and do not yet own a WaterPik, these little numbers are my favorite for home flossing.
Comfort Clean Floss Picks - Flossers | Dentek
after round toothpicks. The price is right.
Also, I've had good luck with these wooden ones.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RDTJFM/...0&linkCode=asn
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Does the waterpick take the place of flossing or is it more an replacement tootbrush. I like my electric soniccare. I am very irregular with flossing although I sometimes use the Denteks.
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Another thing I like to do is add some Listerine mouthwash to the water container (actually suggested in the waterpick manual). Feels super refreshing like I just came out of the dentist.
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Does the waterpick take the place of flossing or is it more an replacement tootbrush. I like my electric soniccare. I am very irregular with flossing although I sometimes use the Denteks.
In my opinion it should not replace either one. However, its role is closer to the floss function than to toothbrushing. It has almost nothing to do with tooth brushing.

BTW, my Waterpik broke last night. Suddenly started leaking from the handle.

The old ones were US manufactured and lasted and lasted. The Chinese ones do not last long at all- this is my second crap-out in only a few years.

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Another thing I like to do is add some Listerine mouthwash to the water container (actually suggested in the waterpick manual). Feels super refreshing like I just came out of the dentist.
My dentist also suggested this (though I could cheat by using the generic equivalent).
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Better to use the Oral B mouthwash with no alcohol.
- flossing
- Waterpik
- toothbrush
- Oral B mouthwash
takes about 5 minutes a day. Then just brush the other time.
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Old 08-21-2009, 02:12 PM   #29
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Since I started this thread here is a update.
Today had my 4 month
cleaning since I started with the waterpik.
No bleeding,no pain, nothing much to scrape, gums are pink and in good
shape. Seems I did blow off a plastic surface filling I had on the side of a tooth, sort of like high pressure sprayer for you house.
Anyway I am sticking to my story, if you have gum problems.
Waterpik- Get one, your gums will thank you.
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I like my Sonic Care toothbrush. Also use Sensodyne Pro-enamel toothpaste recommended by my dentist. I floss thoroughly every night which I think helps a lot. When I travel I just use any old kind of soft toothbrush(Dollar Store) which I pitch when I get home.
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Old Mike: I saw your post in April and went out and bought one that weekend. Have been using it since. I used to use one about 15 years ago, the unit was big and not as convenient, I gave that up.

Thanks for motivating me to go out and replaced my old one. I enjoy using it now, I do two rounds each night, on weekends I use it both in the morning and at night.

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Better to use the Oral B mouthwash with no alcohol.
- flossing
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takes about 5 minutes a day. Then just brush the other time.
Breath RX is another good brand to use no alcohol.
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I'm glad I'm not the only one with tooth/gum problems. I have no dental ins. I DO floss after brushing but it still doesn't do the trick. I'm happy to hear what others are doing for their teeth problems.
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I'm glad I'm not the only one with tooth/gum problems. I have no dental ins. I DO floss after brushing but it still doesn't do the trick. I'm happy to hear what others are doing for their teeth problems.
I'm right there with with you......

Deep pockets in my gums, but not in my wallet. I'm on the 4 month cleaning schedule with my dentist... and still receive poor reports about the health of my gums. They are pressuring me to see a periodontist who would probably want to do gum flap surgery. I really don't want to do this and I'm resisting.

I spend more time cleaning my teeth than anyone else I know. Sometimes, life isn't fair
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The old ones were US manufactured and lasted and lasted. The Chinese ones do not last long at all- this is my second crap-out in only a few years.
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Folks. If the waterpik breaks every 6 months, I don't care. The amazing results
I have had with my gums is worth it. I was just a step away from the periodontist
and all their wonderful procedures.
I brushed with an electric toothbrush,flossed, mouthwash, took care of my teeth,
had them cleaned every 6 months and still had gum problems.
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I used to use one about 15 years ago, the unit was big and not as convenient, I gave that up.
In what way is the new one more convenient?
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I'm on the 4 month cleaning schedule with my dentist... and still receive poor reports about the health of my gums. They are pressuring me to see a periodontist who would probably want to do gum flap surgery. I really don't want to do this and I'm resisting.

I spend more time cleaning my teeth than anyone else I know. Sometimes, life isn't fair
I have used a Waterpik for decades. I floss, brush, and use the Waterpik immediately after a meal when I am home, which means I clean my teeth about 3 times a day. I was so sure of my dental health that I neglected to have cleaning done for about 18 months. The result was that I recently lost a molar to an infection. I have had only 3 cavities, and those were in my 20s. This is the first tooth I lost, and it made me very sad.

So, life isn't fair. A lot about gum disease is hereditary. People in third world countries do not have dental care like we do, yet not all of them become toothless as they age. You and I are among the few unfortunate ones, at least as it comes to gums.

I also have a big problem with kidney stones, which is a whole 'nother story.
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I also have a big problem with kidney stones, which is a whole 'nother story.
Let's hope. The thought of kidney stones and a Waterpik makes me more than a little uncomfortable.
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Eh

Perhaps you have an invention for kidney stone treatment that urologists would never dream of?
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