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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Review with a Moral

In Review: Sonicare Toothbrush

I was a bad kid. I lied about brushing my teeth, yessir. I thought it was a pure waste of time, and it ruined my sense of taste for like, an hour. Dad became suspicious if I was telling the truth about my habituals, so he straight up told me “I will find out if you’re not telling me the truth.” Because honestly, I was a horrible liar. But I was all “Fine!” I even went through the motions of it in case he was listening. Pretended to brush – the whole nine yards, without actually doing it. In retrospect, it was kind of lame. But, I digress. I thought – I got him. There’s no way he’ll know.

[Pro tip: If you ever need to know if your child is brushing their teeth or not, take a toothpick and swirl it around the paste at the end of the tube.]

Anyway, even as I got older, it never really became a habit to brush. After a glowing recommendation from a friend of mine about the Sonicare toothbrush, I thought that would give me the push I needed. I got a good deal on ebay but Costco sells a 2-pack for a good price. They also sell a 6-pack of brush heads for $40, but you can get them for $30 on sale. They’re supposed to last 3 months each, so that’ll set you up for a while.

Yet even with the Sonicare, I still didn’t do it. It wasn’t until after a stint of unemployment and I got my dental insurance back that I finally decided to see a dentist. My parents didn’t have insurance when I was a kid, so the last time I saw one was literally the day they pulled the baby incisors out of my mouth because the permanent ones were coming in through the gum line. I had 11 – count em – 11 cavities. No surprise, really. They even took the trouble to shave down half my wisdom tooth full of rot, rebuild and crown it off. This – this was the push I needed to start brushing, and the Sonicare is a pure winner.

1.      It’s rechargeable so you don’t have to mess with batteries. It will also hold a charge for at least a couple of days in case you go on a short trip or forget to put it back on the base.
      2.      Each brush head comes with its own plastic cover, because we all know about how the particles of water from the toilet float in the air every time we flush right? Yeah.
      3.      Each brush head also comes with a little colored ring, in case you have family that doesn't like to share.
      4.      The vibrating timer is the best feature. It makes you brush for the full 2 minutes; giving 30 seconds to each section of your mouth. The HealthyWhite version even gives you an extra few to brush your front teeth. (The vibration supposedly changes to help lift stains, I believe.)
      5.      If you find it difficult to keep track of how much longer lifespan your brush head has, not to worry. Each brush head comes with blue bristles that slowly wear the color off over time. When it reaches the base, it’s time to change out!

Thanks to this toothbrush, I’m not only making it a habit to brush every day, but I know I’m getting the best possible clean for my mouth. Hopefully the next time I go to the dentist, I’ll be cavity free!

Disclaimer: My reviews are from personal experience & only from products that I bought myself. I am not getting paid by anything I promote. Although, if Sonicare wants to give me some stuff, I wouldn't complain.

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