Fifteen years ago if someone had told me to spend over $100 on an electronic toothbrush I would have thought they were nuts.
But knowing what I know now, I’d say it’s one of the best investments you can make.
You only get two sets of teeth, and you are probably already on your last set. So invest the time and money to take care of them!
Not only is this toothbrush good for cleaning but it can help keep your teeth at their optimal whiteness.
Also, if your teeth are yellow / stained then it can brighten them up. It’s like having a professional whitening system right in your home!
My Dental Hiatus
I’ll be honest. For a long time I didn’t go to the dentist regularly. I’m embarrassed to say how long I went during one period of my life.
Don’t get me wrong. I was brushing twice a day, using mouthwash and my teeth looked pretty good. I just wasn’t having any professional cleanings.
In fact, I had been using my Sonicare toothbrush for years now as well as whitening strips so my teeth were whiter than they had ever been.
But after some time I began having some nagging gum irritation/pain. I knew it was probably a result of not going to the dentist often enough.
I started Googling my symptoms. Even though we’re told not to do this, you know we do it anyway. In about 10 minutes I had diagnosed myself with all kinds of gum diseases.
I finally got up enough nerve to make an appointment with a dentist. I feared the worst. I imagined him ridiculing me for not getting regular check-ups and wondered if I’d have to have some kind of painful procedure.
I let my mind go wild and kept wondering which diagnosis he would crown me with.
When I sat down in the chair I explained my symptoms to the dental hygienist. She performed a quick examination of my mouth and found nothing unusual, in spite of my irritation. Her next question was…
How long has it been since your last cleaning?
I lied and said it had been a shorter time than it really had. I was too ashamed to say how long it had really been. (Why do we lie to our doctors?)
Since she couldn’t find anything obviously wrong with my gums or mouth, she decided to do a deep cleaning and told me the doctor would be in later to give me a more thorough examination.
My Electric Toothbrush Saved Me
I promise you, I’m getting to the point here in a sec. 🙂
After the hygienist finished the deep cleaning she said “Wow, your teeth and gums were in good shape considering how long it’s been since your last cleaning.”
Mind you. It had been a LOT longer than I had admitted. I’m talking years.
So I immediately credited my mouth’s decent health to using the electric toothbrush regularly during my check-up hiatus.
In case you’re wondering, the dentist never found the problem. It may have been early stages of gingivitis, but that was quickly reversed with the regular cleanings and better flossing habits.
The doctor said it could also have been from brushing too hard — which is easy to do with those electric toothbrushes.
Nevertheless, shortly after my deep cleaning the problem went away.
Now, I’m not advocating you skip your regular dental checkups in exchange for an electric toothbrush. All I’m saying is my teeth would have probably been in a lot worse shape had I just been using a regular toothbrush during my hiatus.
For the record, I am now back to my two dental checkups per year. 🙂
My Toothbrush – The Sonicare FlexCare
Here’s a pic of the toothbrush I use now…
It’s the Philips Sonicare FlexCare.
The brush has 3 modes: Clean, Sensitive and Massage. The clean mode is the only one I use.
At 31,000 brush strokes per minute, the Sonicare will clean the heck out of your teeth! I never use the other two modes, but they are nice to have if you have sensitive gums or need a nice gum massage.
Here are my favorite features:
The toothbrush beeps every 30 seconds (up to 2 minutes) to let you know it’s time to change quadrants. This ensures you brush your teeth thoroughly.
Most people don’t even brush for a full minute and forget to get inside the front of the teeth, etc. But when you are being timed, it forces you to get all those areas you may normally miss.
Two minutes seemed like a LONG time when I first started using the Sonicare. I never realized how quickly I brushed my teeth until I started going by this timer.
Removes Old Stains
I had braces as a child and when the braces were removed I had very faint squares on my teeth from the area around the braces getting slightly stained yellow.
This was from not brushing well enough during those 2 1/2 years.
Most people probably never noticed it because you had to look very very closely, but I knew they were there and I just thought it was something I’d had to live with.
After using the Sonicare for about a year the yellow stains on my teeth completely disappeared.
Great Battery Life
This toothbrush is going on its second year now (my first Sonicare lasted 7 years) and I can still get about 3 weeks on a full battery charge. So it’s great when I’m traveling. I can pack it up and not have to worry about bringing the charger.
I don’t leave my toothbrush plugged into the charger. I only charge it when needed. I learned you will get better use out of your rechargeable battery if you don’t leave it plugged in, let the battery run all the way down and charge it fully.
Do this for any kind of rechargeable battery and you will get a longer battery life.
The last time I went to get my teeth cleaned, the hygienist said, “Your teeth are always such a breeze to clean.” That’s when I told her what I used and she admitted that if she could afford to buy the Sonicare for all her patients, she would.
She proceeded to tell me a story of a patient who absolutely hated getting her teeth cleaned because it was so uncomfortable. So she recommended that the woman buy a Sonicare. Since using it, she no longer has those painful cleanings.
My teeth were never really that yellow, but they weren’t as white as they are now. I can definitely say that the Sonicare has removed years and years of stains I thought I would have needed a professional bleaching to get rid of.
I can really tell the difference when I use other toothbrushes. Sometimes I may travel with a regular (non electric) toothbrush and after a few days I can feel a slight film on my teeth.
I never have this problem when using the Sonicare. It cleans like no other and there is a noticeable difference when you compare to other brushes.