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I have a question concerning electric toothbrushes. I understand there's much hype around "easy fixes" to reducing plaque and gum disease. But I'm also aware of clinical research that has shown some advantages to the electrics. I asked my dentist about it and he said that it's still up for debate, but that there does appear to be some evidence that the electrics, when used properly, can sometimes be more effective. My quandary at this point is making a choice. I've narrowed it down to the Sonicare and the Braun/Oral-B 3D Plaque Remover. A friend of mine uses the Sonicare and swears by it. I know little about the Oral-B, other than some research shown on their Website (which offers comparison data that suggests that it's more effective than the Sonicare). Since either way it will cost me about $80 plus expensive brush replacements, I want to make sure I'm making the right choice. I know it's not your job to promote brands or certain products, but any advice or clinical experience with either of these choices (or why I should not consider them) would be greatly appreciated!

You are certainly correct in your research regarding 'electric' toothbrushes. Clinical studies, and my own personal observations of patients, do support a distinct improvement in oral homecare hygiene in many patients. This is due in part to the improved cleaning ability of these brushes plus the increased compliance of patients who use these brushes... After all, who pays $80-120 for a toothbrush only to let it sit there without getting used? The two brushes you have narrowed your selection down to are both great brushes and I believe your selection should be based on whichever seems to best fit your personal needs. Since pricing is also a factor for you, you may want to ask your dental office if they sell either of these brushes. Many dentists sell them at or near distribution costs as an incentive to their patients to continue taking care of their teeth. I wish you luck in your quest for improved oral hygiene!


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