Oral Health is very important to me more than likely due to my mom. She used to have all of these crazy posters of chickens and monkeys smoking cigarettes, homeless guys with rotten teeth, and the old yuck-mouth cavity guy hanging in our living room walls. She worked at a health care center then, so she was just trying to be creative and let us know not to smoke (cause it looks just as stupid on humans as it does on animals) and to brush our teeth (or we would end up looking like the homeless. It was a different age back then, but still powerful nonetheless. I was always worried I was going to end up with no teeth or stripes on my teeth from not taking care of my braces. Looking at the stages of periodontal disease every time you brushed your teeth sure was an incentive!
I currently have 3 different toothbrushes (all for different things) and one of them is a Philips Sonicare PowerUp which I just purchased from Target for under $20. You can see my whole path to purchase on my Google Plus Album. I took my children with me to help stress yet again how important it is to brush!
Oral Health Tips To Power Up Your Smile
- Brush Twice A Day: Know this is a minimum, and that you should not rush the job.
- Use The Right Tools: Fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush are what is recommended. the brush need to fit in your mouth well, and will not be the same for everyone. A battery powered toothbrush like the Philips Sonicare PowerUp can reduce plaque and mild-gingivitis.
- Take Care of Your Tools: Toothbrushes should be rinsed after each brushing and allowed to air dry. Do not store your brushes in closed containers, which can harbor bacteria. Always store your toothbrush handle down.
- Replace Your Toothbrush: You should replace your toothbrush or the toothbrush heads every three months or once the bristles fritz out on you. You should also get a new brush after an illness.
- Brush Correctly: My mom always said if you are going to do a job, do it right. Angle your brush to meet your gum and gently use short back and forth motions. I was taught to brush for 2 minutes on each surface side. Top inside and outside, bottom inside and outside and the chewing surfaces on top and bottom. I always brush my tongue too!
I have been using the Phillips Sonicare PowerUp toothbrush for seven days to give it a good try. The battery powered PowerUp toothbrush does a better job cleaning my teeth over my manual toothbrush for sure. It even states that right on the box! “You get a month’s worth of manual strokes in one day” over a manual toothbrush.
It makes sense because the Sonicare PowerUp brushes faster than my hand ever could. Isn’t it amazing how far we have come? Look at this video which shows the evolution of toothbrushes. You can stay in touch with Sonicare on their social media channels on Twitter @Sonicare_US and Facebook at PhilipsSonicare. Want to try it for yourself? One US reader will one Sonicare PowerUp toothbrush.