Raise your hand if you brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, and see a dentist every 6 months.
I don't see many hands (okay, I don't see any hands since this is a virtual survey...). Oh, wait, Caryn Bailey, you can keep your hand raised because I know that you do, in fact, follow those guidelines with perfect consistency.
I, on the other hand, am well-intentioned, but don't always do all three. For example, I try to floss every day, but I don't always get around to it. Sometimes I'm just so exhausted at the end of the day that doing just one more thing is completely overwhelming.
But it only takes two minutes, you say. That, however, is precisely the problem. Everything just takes two minutes. Shower. Clip nails. Apply lotion. Brush hair. Shave legs. Write thank-you note. Put away the laundry. Load the dishwasher. Pick up toys. Read last chapter of the book on my nightstand. Etc. I only have so many "two minute" moments so I have to choose them wisely. And, sometimes - sadly - flossing falls off my radar.
I try to make up for my "lack" by using a high-end toothbrush, gargling with mouthwash, and avoiding coffee and soda.
The high-end toothbrush part helps a lot, I think. Those motorized brushes really seem to make a difference in removing plaque and keeping cavities at bay. I have a $140 toothbrush that is awesome...but that's pretty pricey for the "average jane."
What if you want a really good toothbrush that uses sonic technology that is UNDER $100? Consider the Oral-B Pulsonic. It's a super slim toothbrush that promises big results: it claims to "reduce 94% of surface stains in just two weeks." It also comes with a lot of the same features as more expensive models including a two-minute timer and a rechargeable battery. I've been using the brush now for about two weeks and I appreciate the fact that it's lightweight, quiet, and easy to hold. The bristles don't seem to move quite as quickly and intensely as my other sonic toothbrush, but it seems to do a good job, regardless. In fact, I just went and brushed my teeth with it again and my teeth now have that "I just went to the dentist" feel. Hmmm...maybe I should review toothbrushes and dental accessories more often...just writing about the topic motivates me.
WIN IT! One winner will receive an Oral-B Pulsonic toothbrush ($69.99). To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Tuesday, June 16 at midnight (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
*UPDATE* The winner is #191 joel. Congratulations!