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NEW STUDY SHOWS AUTOMATIC TOOTHBRUSHES ARE TWICE AS EFFECTIVE AS A MANUAL TOOTHBRUSH

 NEW STUDY SHOWS AUTOMATIC TOOTHBRUSHES ARE
 TWICE AS EFFECTIVE AS A MANUAL TOOTHBRUSH
 FORT COLLINS, Colo., July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Two leading brands of automatic toothbrushes are twicew Institutional Service Company, a New Jersey health science research company, and Colorado State University.
 The study was conducted for Teledyne Water Pik among 46 adults with gingivitis, an early form of gum disease. The study substantiates similar findings in a 1988 study conducted at the State University of New York at Buffalo comparing Teledyne Water Pik and Interplak toothbrushes to a manual brush.
 "The current study and its predecessor are significant," Marcia Collins, Teledyne Water Pik's manager of oral health clinical research, said, "because they show that high quality electric toothbrushes work better than manual brushes at removing plaque. This especially helps those of us who sometimes rush when brushing."
 The American Dental Association (ADA) has stated that three out of four American adults during their lifetime will experience gum disease, the leading cause of adult tooth loss.
 "If plaque is not controlled, it will produce bacterial toxins that can gradually destroy the supporting tissues around the teeth. If left untreated, the resulting gum disease can lead to tooth loss," Collins said.
 The new study compared the results of the Teledyne Water Pik PlaqueControl 2000(TM) Plaque Removal Instrument and the Interplak(R) Home Plaque Removal Instrument automatic toothbrushes with the Oral
B35(R), a leading manual toothbrush. The study showed that either automatic toothbrush was twice as effective at removing plaque as the manual brush.
 "The Water Pik PlaqueControl 2000 can be used with any paste, and is equally as effective as the Interplak brush," Collins said, "at nearly half the suggested retail price."
 The PlaqueControl 2000 Plaque Removal Instrument has an "Acceptable" seal from the Council on Dental Materials, Instruments and Equipment of the ADA as an effective cleaning device for use as part of a program for oral hygiene to supplement the regular professional care required for oral health.
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