Years ago, after I would I get my teeth cleaned at the dentist’s office, I would go across the street and treat myself to a salted bagel, toasted, with strawberry cream cheese. That’s because there was an awesome bagel shop there, and I used to have to drive 30 minutes to get to my dentist’s office.
That was kind of dumb, because there’s nothing better than the way your teeth feel after a good cleaning by a dental hygienist.
Moving to our new town 2.5 years ago cured me of this ruinous habit, because now we live only 5 minutes away from the dentist office, and there’s really no novelty to going to that bagel shop anymore, now that I can go anytime I want to. So now I get to relish that squeaky-clean feeling on my teeth after my appointments.
But just this morning I noticed that I have that feeling right now, even though it’s been a little while since I went in for a teeth cleaning. It’s because I’ve been using an electric spinny toothbrush that is just like the one the hygienist uses.
After I went to O You! 2012 as a guest of Oral B, the company sent me an oral health care package that included the Oral B ProfessionalCare 1000 electric toothbrush, a box of Crest White Strips, and flossers, toothbrushes, and toothpaste for both of my kids. That way I could experience the kind of at-home self-care they were promoting to guests at the O You! event at their booth.
Stewart, my husband, has used an electric toothbrush for years now, and recently he even added a WaterPik device to his arsenal of dental care devices. But I’m rather resistant to change, and I’ve been happy with my regular old manual toothbrush and regular flossing. I may not have tried this electric toothbrush had it not been sent to me as a PR gift.
So here’s what I think about it:
During the first few days of using the Oral B ProfessionalCare 1000, (which retails around $40, plus extra for replacement heads) I drooled like a teething 1-year-old as I brushed my teeth. Without the dental hygienists sucking device to whisk away the extra saliva, that’s just what happened. I’ve learned to angle my head differently, but it took some getting used to.
The process is a lot less labor intensive than using a manual toothbrush, and as such it doesn’t feel like I’m putting in the work to get my teeth clean. That’s just it – the rotating brush does all the work for you. This week it’s been extra helpful because I’ve been sick and I need conserve my energy anyway.
I can’t ignore the clean feeling – I never got that with my old toothbrush. It is so worth it. I am looking forward to hearing what my hygienist says when I go back to the dentist for my next cleaning. Ever the good student, I always want to get an A in teeth, and I’m sure this handy electric toothbrush is helping.Pin It