Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Different Strokes: Sonicare Toothbrush

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Different Strokes: Sonicare Toothbrush

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OK, relax, we've all been there . . . The family gathering is in 45 minutes, you desperately need a gift - and of course, the stores are all closed. You're beginning to panic when, just ahead, you see a 24-hour pharmacy. But what to buy?

Aside from the usual dental-hygiene stocking stuffers (floss, sparkle toothpaste, etc.), let us recommend a great gift for anyone on your shopping list: the Sonicare electric toothbrush.

Rarely do we get excited by a new dental product, but this toothbrush is truly revolutionary. The Sonicare has no moving parts except the bristles - so you're virtually guaranteed it will work right from the start (it's literally foolproof!). To help you brush each section of your mouth thoroughly, it has a built-in timer that beeps every 30 seconds. And the best part: the bristle heads vibrate at 31,000 strokes per minute, making this brushing feel different. Reliable clinical data show the Sonicare to be significantly more effective in reducing plaque and resulting gingivitis than manual brushing, and the Sonicare doesn't harm any existing dental work. At about $100, it's not a cheap investment in your relative's health care. On the other hand, it's a gift that will never be outgrown. BRIDGING THE GAP Dear Tooth Doctors: I was in an auto accident recently and a front tooth was knocked out. I understand that to have a fixed bridge, the two teeth on either side of the space would need to be radically cut down. I've heard about implants. Can they be used for a front tooth? Is it more expensive? C.C., Chesterfield If your dentist thinks teeth on either side of the space wouldn't otherwise require crowns, consider a single-tooth implant, the current state of the art in replacement procedure. In most implant systems, a cylinder is imbedded in the jawbone and becomes an integral part of the surrounding tissue and gum. Attached to this cylinder is an artificial tooth made mechanically and cosmetically to exact specifications. …

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