How Clean is Your Mouth – The Importance of Good Dental Hygiene

Angela 1981 -2

Teeth.  What would our lives be like without them?  We need them to eat solid food.  Kind of important.  We need them to have a beautiful smile.  Important.  And in order to keep on smiling and eating solid food, we have to take good care of them.

Take Captain Jack Sparrow, for instance.  Obviously dental hygiene isn’t that important to him.  But look at Audrina Patridge from “The Hills” and right away the white glow from her mouth lets you know dental hygiene is high on her list of priorities.  Almost too high.  If there’s such a thing as brushing your teeth too much, Audrina probably does just that.  And we all know about her bleachorexia {addiction to teeth bleaching.}  But we’re not talking white strips today, we’re talking tooth brushes.

Brushing your teeth two or three times a day should suffice for most of us.  I myself am a three times a day brusher.  I have always had very good dental hygiene.  Probably because my teeth were such a disaster growing up, that as I got older, keeping them clean was important to me.

I had gaps in my four top front teeth, including a gap so big in the center that I used to be able to insert my 10-year-old pinky into said gap, and touch my gums.  Kind of cute on Michael Strahan, not kind of cute on me.  Two different sets of braces, a head gear and a total of four years of my life as a metal mouth changed all that.  I’ll save you the gory details on the cavities, caps, fillings, crowns and extractions.  My sisters and I kept our pediatric dentist busy.  I think we even helped fund a huge new office as her practice grew.

I always used a manual toothbrush.  And then in a moment of weakness while watching an infomercial in the middle of the night, my husband purchased a Cybersonic.  We used it for a couple of years and fell back into the manual toothbrush routine because the replacement brushes were only available via mail order, and I found that to be a huge pain in the arse.

My husband now uses a different sonic toothbrush because he has sensitive gums.  We have a large bathroom and double sinks.  So, in order for me to use the toothbrush, I have to actually walk nine steps to his sink, and nine steps back to mine.  Believe me, I am fully aware of the ridiculousness of that statement.  But in this case, my laziness prevails and I refuse to use the sonic toothbrush, so my manual one will have to do.

How lucky was I when I received an Oral-B® Professional™ Precision 5000 toothbrush?  It’s my very own power toothbrush that I can keep on my side of the bathroom.  This toothbrush oscillates, rotates and pulsates, to the point that my initial use of this brush was very irritating on my gums.  Kind of like when you eat too much Captain Crunch.  But, after a few days, my gums were fine and I actually liked the oscillating, rotating and pulsating.

There are several things to love about this toothbrush.  Most electric toothbrushes are inconvenient to travel with, but this Oral B comes with batteries and a travel case.  Awesome.  The rechargeable base also has space for four brush heads, so up to four people can easily share this toothbrush, and the brushes are kept covered and clean in their own compartment.

The visual pressure indicator is good for me since I tend to brush my teeth a little too hard.  One dentist told my I’m brushing my teeth as if I still have braces.  Even though it was 20 years ago, old habits die hard.

It also comes with a handy clock/timer.  It’s nice to have a clock in the bathroom, and I love watching the timer so I know exactly how long I have left when brushing my teeth {the timer goes for the requisite two minutes, but you can continue brushing if you like.}  There are four stars and a smiley face that appear when I’m done brushing, and although they may not be necessary, they are fun.  Who doesn’t like a smiley face in the morning?

The brush, replacement brushes and accessories are all easy to find as the brush is sold at local retailers like Target.  It’s a little pricey at $159, but worth it.

The reality is we are often in such a hurry we don’t take the time to live in the moment, let alone properly brush our teeth.  But oral hygiene plays an important role in life.  And if you want to continue eating steak with a fork and knife, instead of through a straw, you better put together a healthy plan for your mouth.  And if you need a little help, Oral B has the brush for you.

For more information, please check out the Oral-B website (, follow them on Twitter and/or Like them on Facebook.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Modern Mom on behalf of Oral-B and received a product sample to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own.

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