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HOW DOES SUGAR AFFECT YOUR DENTAL HEALTH?

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The plaque bacteria use sugar to produce acid that attack your enamel and over time that causes tooth decay.

-Dr. Rob Andrew Urban Smiles Family Dental

We all know that eating too much sugar isn’t good for your health in general, but do you know how eating too much sugar affects your teeth?

It is not the sugar alone that causes tooth decay, but rather the process that happens after you eat the sugar. The mouth is full of hundreds of bacteria, many of which are beneficial to the oral ecosystem. However, certain harmful oral bacteria actually feed on the sugars you eat to create acids that destroy the tooth enamel, which is the shiny, protective outer layer of the tooth. Cavities are a bacterial infection created by acids, that cause your teeth to experience a hole in them. Without treatment, cavities can progress past the enamel and into the deeper layers of the tooth, causing pain and possible tooth loss.

Decrease the Effects of Sugar on Your Teeth

While it may be impossible to cut all sugar from your diet, taming your sweet tooth and following a few tips will help decrease the damage to your teeth.

  • Limit your consumption of sugar, including soft drinks and energy drinks.
  • Drink water to rinse your mouth while eating.
  • Brush teeth after eating sugary foods.
  • Don’t eat sticky, sugary foods such as candy.
  • Cut down on carbohydrates since they turn into sugar in your mouth.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste which helps build up your enamel.
  • Floss regularly to remove plaque and reduce the bacteria between teeth.

PREVENTIVE CARE AND EARLY DETECTION

Schedule regular dental checkups and cleaning appointments for your family; this way, any signs of tooth decay can be taken care of early.

There is no denying that people love their sugar. In fact, Canadians eat an astounding 88 pounds of sugar per year, that produces an enormous potential for tooth decay. Make the necessary changes in diet and dental hygiene now, so the effects of sugar on teeth don’t come when your family is preoccupied with bigger life events.

Brushing Too Hard is Not Good!

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“Brushing your teeth too hard can lead to oral health problems and put your mouth at risk for tooth abrasion, tooth sensitivity, and gum recession”. Dr. Rob Andrew Urban Smiles

We recommend that you brush for two full minutes — 30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth — twice a day. Use the timer on your phone or choose an electric toothbrush that alerts you every 30 seconds. 

Proper Brushing Technique

If your toothbrush bristles become frayed very quickly, or your gums are often sore after your brush, there is a good chance that you are applying too much pressure. Here are some tips to help you properly clean your teeth:

  • Make sure you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle against your teeth and use short, tooth-wide strokes.
  • You should feel the bristles against your gums, but you should never “smash” them down.
  • Holding your toothbrush in your non-dominant hand may help you to lighten up on the amount of pressure you apply.
  • If you use an electric toothbrush, you do not have to press it hard against your teeth; just make sure it makes contact with them.
  • The next time you visit us, ask Dr. Rob or one of the dental hygienists for tips on how you can improve your at-home oral hygiene routine. They will be happy to give you some advice.

Your toothbrush is one of your best friends in your efforts to maintain great oral health… but only if you use it the right way.

Below are some fun facts about teeth we thought you’d enjoy learning about.

  • Teeth start to form even before you are born—milk teeth or baby teeth start to form when the baby is in the womb, but they come through when the child is between 6-12 months old.
  • Humans have only two sets of teeth in their entire lifetime—baby teeth and permanent teeth. Once you have your permanent teeth, make sure you take good care of them.
  • No two people have the same set of teeth—your teeth are as unique as your fingerprint, so be proud of your unique set of teeth.
  • Your mouth produces over 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime—that’s enough to fill two swimming pools. Saliva has many uses, including assisting you with your digestion and protects your teeth from bacteria in your mouth.
  • An average person spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth over their lifetime.

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Dr. Rob’s Great Christmas Gift Idea

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It may look as if you’re giving the gift of an electric toothbrush, but what you’re really giving is the gift of…better oral health according to Dr. Rob Andrew and he highly recommends the Oral B electric toothbrush and the Philips Sonicare. Making the perfect Christmas gift this year.   

The Oral B Pro 1000

  • Clinically proven superior 3D cleaning oscillates and pulsates to break up and remove up to 300 percentage more plaque along the gum line than a regular manual toothbrush
  • The pressure sensor stops the pulsation movement if you brush too hard and the in handle timer helps you brush for a dentist recommended 2 minutes
  • 1 Mode, Daily Clean, rotates to break up and sweep away plaque
  • Included in pack: 1 Oral B Professional Handle, 1 CrossAction Brush head and 1 charger
  • Compatible with the following replacement toothbrush heads: CrossAction, 3D White, Sensitive Clean, Precision Clean, FlossAction, Deep Sweep, Ortho and Dual Clean. Does not fit iO brush heads
  • Packaging may vary, Refill color may vary
  • In-handle timer pulses every 30 seconds to let you know when to switch areas of the mouth

Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Smart 9750 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush 

  • Philips Sonicare best ever toothbrush for the most exceptional clean and complete care
  • Removes up to 10X more plaque and improves gum health up to 7X in just 2 weeks (in gum health mode vs. A manual toothbrush)
  • Removes up to 100% more stains in just 3 days (in white+ mode vs. A manual toothbrush)
  • 4 different smart brush head types automatically pair with the appropriate brushing mode and smart sensors provide real time feedback
  • 5 modes: clean, white+, deep clean+, gum health, TongueCare & 3 intensity levels

Not many people realize how good oral health is a gift in itself. Straight, shiny, white teeth exude confidence, health, and beauty. Not only do the appearance and health of your smile make you feel better, but it makes other people happier, too. Achieving and maintaining this gift challenges some people. Soon, their once beautiful smile is plagued with plaque and cavities. The most common reason being bad dental habits and routines.

With an electric toothbrush, maintaining your oral health becomes easier than ever before. Electric toothbrushes can remove more plaque, stimulate the gums, and remove bacteria from those hard-to-reach places.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

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Your Smile Can CHANGE THE WORLD!

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Have you ever been in an unpleasant mood and then someone has come along with a huge smile, some laughter or in a good mood? When the person you are talking to or the people that surround you are smiling, you won’t be able to help but smile!

A smile has special powers. You can calm fear, insecurity, hurt and anxiety not only in yourself, but in those that are experiencing those feelings. The next time someone is feeling sad, scared, nervous, whatever it may be, smile with them and see how this makes them feel!

Research has shown that smiling releases serotonin – a neurotransmitter that produces feelings of happiness and wellbeing. It’s like a circle of happiness. Smile and you feel happy, you feel happy and you smile! Even when you’re not feeling great, try smiling, genuinely, and see how you feel!

Life may throw you some curve balls but remember: YOU control your reactions to every situation. Try to see the good aspects of every part of your life–you might be surprised at how much of an impact a little positive thinking can make!

Keep in mind:

Smiling Helps You Live Longer

Smiling Relieves Stress

Smiling Elevates Mood

Smiling Is Contagious

Smiling Boosts the Immune System

Smiling May Lower Blood Pressure

Smiling Reduces Pain

Smiling Makes You Attractive

Smiling Suggests Success

Smiling Helps You Stay Positive

Smiling is one of the best beauty remedies. If you have a good sense of humor and a good approach to life, that’s beautiful.

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Dear Popcorn, We Love You But Might Have To Say Goodbye.

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You are such a treat. Whether you’re with us at the movies, at a sporting event, in the park or cozy in our own homes, you make everything better. You bring us together. You inspire us to spend time with one another, sharing your goodness, sharing laughter, sharing fun.

Your always been there for us, for as long as we can remember. You help us grow closer to one another, and to make memories that can’t possibly be erased. For all this and more, Popcorn – we love you! but might have to say goodbye to preserve our teeth.

Most of us love Popcorn but is it good for our teeth?

Eating popcorn can cause lasting damage to your teeth

While it’s almost impossible to eat popcorn without getting some stuck in your teeth, you can act quickly to help mitigate any damage. With a healthy flossing you should be able to get those thin husks out from between your teeth. The word healthy needs to be emphasized, because unfortunately, if you don’t clean them out it can lead to infection and even an abscess.

Those hard, un popped kernels are very good at breaking and cracking teeth. Be careful as you devour a big handful, especially if it’s at the bottom of the bag. Cracked teeth usually means you’ll be in need of a crown which can be expensive.

They’re hard enough to chip a tooth if you crunch down on one of them by accident or on purpose. However, popcorn actually poses a double threat. The thin shell that covers the kernel can actually get stuck between your teeth or between your tooth and gum, giving bacteria a source of food and promoting tooth decay.

Damage Caused to Teeth by Un-Popped Popcorn Kernels

If you bite down on an un-popped popcorn kernel you could experience:

  • A cracked tooth
  • A broken tooth
  • Inflamed gums

Damage Caused to Teeth by Popcorn Hulls

If a popcorn hull it is not dislodged from your gums and teeth it can lead to any one of the following consequences:

  • Bone loss
  • A “Popcorn Abscess”
  • Decay leading to a cavity
  • Tooth deterioration
  • Loss of the tooth altogether

We’re not saying you can’t eat popcorn but please be careful.

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To our wonderful patients:

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We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and our team safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations and regulations made by the Alberta Dental Association and College (ADA& C). We follow the activities of our College and Alberta Health Services so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to increase the protection of our patients and our Urban Smiles Family Dental Team. Here is a list of some changes and guidelines for your upcoming appointments:

  • Prior to your appointment, you will be receiving a text message and/or an email with a Covid-19 related screening questionnaire. Please read through the questions carefully and inform us before arriving at our office if you answer “yes” to any of the pre-screening questions.
  • For the immediate future, our waiting room will be closed and not in use. When you arrive and you are safely parked at our office, we ask that you please give us a phone call to let us know you arrived.
  • We ask you to please wait in your vehicle until we are ready for you and we will either text or call you when we are ready and it is okay to enter the office.
  • When you enter the office, you will be asked to confirm all questions on the Covid-19 screening questionnaire are still “no” answers. We will also use a digital touchless thermometer to check your temperature. If any question on the questionnaire is a “yes” or if you are found to have a temperature higher than 38 degrees, we will be required to reschedule your appointment after an appropriate amount of time to insure the safety of all our patients and our Urban Smiles Family Dental team.
  • If all is well, you will be escorted directly to your treatment room where you will be asked to thoroughly wash your hands or be given a squirt of hand sanitizer before being seated and asked to rinse with a pre-procedural rinse prior to your treatment.
  • After treatment you may be asked to rinse with another post-procedural rinse and receive another squirt of hand sanitizer.
  • Our goal is to arrange future appointments in the clinical area and only financial arrangements will be handled at the front desk. As far as possible receipts will be e-mailed out and only if you need to sign insurance claim forms will paper forms be printed.
  • We have acquired additional equipment and products to enhance our cleaning procedures. These include Air Purifiers, UV-C lights, HOCl fogging equipment and more.
  • All staff in the office will be wearing masks. Although you cannot see behind the masks, please know that we are welcoming you back with a big smile.

Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. To allow us to practice social distancing and maximize safety for our patients, we may have to change our hours slightly and we will keep you updated as these changes take place. This will allow our team to work in shifts, reduce the number of people in our office at any given time, have room to spread our patients out, and extra time to disinfect our treatment rooms.

To help us with our social distancing measures, we ask for you to please come alone to your appointments. The only exceptions to this rule are for children, patients needing an interpreter and disabled patients. However, we do ask that only a single parent or legal guardian bring their child to their scheduled appointment and that no other children are brought to the appointment, as well. If you can’t attend your appointment alone or if your appointment time doesn’t allow you to bring a single child, please let us know so we can reschedule your appointment for a time that works better for you.

Please note that we will do our best to run on time to reduce waiting times, but dentistry and healthcare can be very unpredictable at times, so please be patient with us and we will do our best to take care of you.

The systems we’ve implemented for everyone’s safety are new to us and I’m sure we will have some speed bumps as we begin using them. Please know, we are doing everything we can to take great care and accommodate you.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 780-989 6030.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbours and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rob Andrew and Associates and the entire Urban Smiles Family Dental Team

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DRY MOUTH

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For most, dry mouth is not a common thing but as you grow older it does become a common problem. Most likely caused by dehydration, or by simply sleeping with an open mouth.

Unfortunately, for others, dry mouth is a chronic problem that can have a distressing impact on day-to-day life. In addition to the physical side effects, it can also leave people feeling far less confident in social situations, to the point where eating and speaking in public becomes upsetting.

Current research estimates that around one in four adults suffer from the condition and this number rises to 40% in the over-55s. This makes dry mouth one of the most common oral health problems.

To help you understand more about dry mouth, here are some facts about the condition and our best advice for managing it.

Top Eight facts about dry mouth:

1. Dry mouth or ‘xerostomia’ is a condition that affects the flow of saliva, causing your mouth to feel dry.

2. Your mouth needs saliva to be able to work properly. Saliva keeps your mouth moist, and it helps to break down your food and helps you to swallow. It also acts as a cleanser, neutralizing plaque acids. It is constantly washing around your mouth and teeth, fighting tooth decay and helping to keep your teeth clean.

3. Having less saliva can also affect the taste of food and makes it harder to eat drier foods. Sometimes it can affect your speech and it makes people more likely to have bad breath.

4. Dry mouth is usually worse at night when the mouth produces less saliva than in the daytime.

5. Dry mouth can cause the mouth to become sore and there is a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

6. It can be caused as a result of old age, or, quite often it is a side effect of medication – especially heart, blood pressure, and depression tablets. Your doctor, pharmacist or dental team should be able to tell you whether your medication can cause problems.

7. Women are more likely to suffer from the chronic dry mouth than men (27 percent compared to 21 percent).

8. Studies have shown that those that suffer from the chronic dry mouth also have a higher risk of mental health illnesses and social anxiety.

Top Four tips:

1. Make sure you regularly visit your dentist – You have a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease with dry mouth, and these can get worse quicker than usual. So it is important to visit your dental team regularly. They will tell you how often you should visit.

2. It is important to use a fluoride toothpaste containing at least 1350 to 1500ppm (parts per million) of fluoride. Be aware that some products contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), and some people with dry mouth find this can irritate the mouth and make the condition worse.

3. There are many products designed to help your mouth stay moist and comfortable. These are usually gels or sprays. Some have extra ingredients that may help prevent tooth and gum problems. There are also special products to help with your day-to-day oral hygiene (for example toothpaste and mouth rinses).

4. Chewing sugar-free gum can help ease dry mouth as it encourages your mouth to make saliva. Your dental team might recommend products such as rinses, gels, pastes, and lozenges which you can get from the pharmacist.

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How Dental Health Affects Overall Health?

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Do you know how dental health affects overall health? If no, this post is for you.

Focusing on oral health would not only be beneficial for teeth, but it also creates a great impact on overall health. Proper oral health care assures the well-being at every stage of your life. Researchers have found that a person’s dental health and overall health are related in some manner.

Your mouth and body, both are integral to each other. Bacteria from your mouth may cause infection in other parts of your body. This is the reason why when you go to a doctor, they ask you to open your mouth. The doctor checks out saliva flow, it helps them in knowing what’s going on in your body.

As your mouth is the entry point to your respiratory and digestive tracts, poor oral health may lead to many diseases. Poor oral hygiene may cause diseases such as oral cancers, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, periodontal disease, stroke, gum disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

If you are facing any issue in maintaining good oral health, then you must take a visit to “Urban Smiles Family Dental” by Dr. Rob Andrew. Here at “Urban Smiles Family Dental”, we provide treatment for all types of dental problems whether it is gum infection, bad breath, tooth decay,  tooth erosion, tooth sensitivity, toothaches or any other dental problem.

How to Protect Oral Health from Dental Problems?

Add below-given things in your day to day life to protect your oral health from the dental problems mentioned above:

1. Brushing

To improve your oral and overall health, brushing plays a significant role. You must brush at least two times a day with a soft-bristled brush, one in the morning after waking up and second at the night before going to bed.

2. Use mouthwash

Sometimes, some food particles get between your teeth even after you brush and floss your teeth. In such situations, it is advisable to use mouthwash.  Mouthwash removes food particles remains even after the brush and floss.

3. Limit sugar items

Overconsumption of sugary food items causes cavities and destroys your teeth. Sugar and sugary food items invite dangerous bacteria that destroys tooth enamel and which leads to cavity in the tooth.

4. Eat Healthy Food

Dental problems also occur due to improper diet. You should avoid eating junk food items, instead of that, start eating healthy foods.

5. Replace the Toothbrush Before Three Months

Due to the usage of the toothbrush, its bristles get splayed and using splayed brush would not clean your teeth effectively. Hence, replace your toothbrush within three months of time duration, if the bristles get splayed.

Here, we can see how your dental health affects your overall health. Once you will start focusing on your oral health by having regular checkups, limiting sugary food items, eating healthy, etc., you would be able to resolve your dental problems. 

For any queries, visit our “Urban Smiles Family Dental” or call us. 

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DIY Dental

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We live in a time where cutting out the middleman- becoming disrupters– is the most sought after business model.  Companies such as Uber, Amazon, AirBnB and Eat Fresh have found ways to cut out convention, and change how we view some of the enterprises in which we utilize in our day-to-day lives. 

In the Instagram, Podcast, era, there’s no shortage of ads for new mail order products.  Many are great.  Fresh groceries delivered to your home?  A time savings, AND a healthier alternative to food delivery.  A subscription clothing service?  Might be a great way to accessorize and add to or kickstart a wardrobe.  Especially for those without time, or the aptitude for it. 

For all of the good products and services available online, some still have a buyer beware warning. 

Would you trust a Do-It-Yourself tattoo kit?  Complete with stencils, needles and ink?  Would you cut your own hair?  Would you trust doing your own eye exam, creating a prescription and purchasing glasses or contacts based on this self-diagnosis?

Well- now you can be your own dentist.  You can purchase teeth whitening kits, which may utilize harmful levels of bleaching agents, which could irritate or damage teeth or gums. 

There are also braces that can be purchased online, which promise to deliver similar results to orthodontist grade braces, but at a fraction of the price and from the comfort of your own home- without an appointment.

And of course, you can purchase electronic toothbrushes online, which brand themselves as being more efficient, more powerful, and more cost-sensitive than some of the dentist approved options, sold in stores.

We’re not suggesting that you DON’T purchase these items.  But before you do, DO consult Dr. Rob Andrew and the team at Urban Smiles Family Dental. 

You’ll be glad you did.

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How to Choose the Right Electric Toothbrush for you.

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Buying the right electric toothbrush and using the right toothpaste. When looking for an electric toothbrush, we would recommend buying one with the following features:

What the best electric toothbrush has:

  • Simple operation. Electric toothbrushes should be comfortable to hold and easy to use, with simple controls that don’t require an engineering degree to decipher. The brush heads’ movement and size should make it easy to manipulate in the mouth.
  • Helpful features. A two-minute timer with 30-second intervals is almost a must-have in electric toothbrushes, since prompting you to brush for two minutes is their main purpose. Other features like travel cases and charging stands may not be necessary but might be handy depending upon your available space and your lifestyle.
  • Good performance. An electric toothbrush should run smoothly and consistently, without any hitches or surges when warning you to change quadrants. A water flosser should not leak or spray from the nozzle, handle or connector.
  • Long-term durability. Durability is extremely important when it comes to electric toothbrushes and flossers, which already have ongoing costs for replacement brush heads and jet picks. For best performance, brush heads should be replaced every three months; jet picks for water flossers should be replaced every six months.

5 Electric Tooth Brushes at the Top of the Class.

Philips Sonicare- Diamond Clean

  • Removes up to 10x more plaque than a manual toothbrush
  • Improves gum health in only two weeks
  • Whitens teeth in just one week
  • 5 brushing modes
  • Diamond Clean brush head for Philips Sonicare’ s best whitening and Adaptive Clean brush head for Philips Sonicare’ s best plaque removal

Oral-B Pro Power Rechargeable 1000

  • Removes 300% more plaque along the gum line than a regular manual toothbrush
  • Senses when you brush too hard with pressure sensor
  • In-handle timer pulses every 30 seconds to let you know when to switch areas of the mouth
  • Rechargeable battery toothbrush with 1 mode – Daily Clean
  • Compatible with Oral-B brush heads for every oral care need: CrossAction, FlossAction, Precision Clean, 3D White, Sensitive Gum Care, Deep Sweep, Dual Clean
  • In-handle timer pulses every 30 seconds to let you know when to switch areas of the mouth

Philips Sonicare-2 HX6211/04

  • Electric rechargeable toothbrush removes up to 6x more plaque than a manual toothbrush
  • Removes up to 6x more plaque than a manual toothbrush
  • Patented sonic technology: With up to 31,000 brush strokes per minute, dynamic fluid action helps clean between teeth and along the gum line
  • Smartimer encourages 2 minutes of brushing as recommended by dentists
  • Easy-start feature slowly increases power over first 14 uses making the switch to Philips Sonicare easy
  • Two-color battery charge indicator lets you know when to recharge. 2 weeks battery life

Pursonic High Power S520

  • Comes with 12 brush heads, 2 hygienic travel caps, 2 interdental brush heads, 2 tongue cleaners, and 2 floss holders
  • 2 minute timer with a 30 second vibrate alert in order to remind you to brush a different quadrant of your mouth
  • 40,000 sonic strokes per minute to effectively remove plaque without irritating your gums
  • 4 colour coated brush heads are great to share this product with up to 4 different users
  • 1 year warranty

Waterpik Sensonic SR-3000

  • More effective sonic toothbrushing for healthier gums and brighter teeth
  • State-of-the-art sonic technology delivering powerful, yet gentle plaque removal
  • Features advanced brush head design, with extra-soft, end-rounded bristles, gently targets those hard to reach areas between teeth
  • Ergonomic handle, 3 brush heads, 2 speed settings, 2-minute timer with a 30-second quadrant pacer, and a premium hard-sided travel case
  • Any warranty will be voided through the sale and use of the product outside North America. Shipment outside of North America is prohibited by Waterpik

We really hope this helped, but keep in mind prices vary on these five. Look around and shop around and find the best one for YOU!

Make your next appointment with Urban Smiles Family Dental and Dr. Rob Andrew. Hoping to see you soon.

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