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Dental Musings

When it comes to electronics, I live by one simple philosophy: I have what I use and use what I have. On top of the unnecessary spending, I absolutely hate accumulating things in the name of accumulating things. With the exception of shoes, maybe. Ha! But even then I’d make sure to get plenty of wear out of them instead of just having them around.

The same thinking applies to my dental care. I’ve used traditional toothbrushes all my life, up until about a couple of years ago. When my parents and brother started using the electric brush, they suggested I do the same, telling me that it made such a difference. I wasn’t convinced. The traditional brush has worked for me all this time, and I didn’t see the point in spending the extra money for a simple tool to clean my teeth. Plus I really didn’t mind the arm workout. It wasn’t until my parents bought me an extra one and insisted I use it that I finally gave it a try.

Talk about dealing with a stubborn personality (I have my entire life to apologize to my family for it).

The first buzz took me by surprise, followed by a little gum bleeding which irked me a little. But by the second and third brushing, I could see and feel that my teeth were much cleaner. The usually adamant chunks of food that loved to hide way back by the wisdom teeth didn’t even stand a chance. I even got rid of the tartar buildup on the inner surfaces which I thought could only be manipulated by a dentist’s magic touch.

So yes, I may just be a bit of a caveperson when it comes to electric toothbrushes, but I bear witness to the fact that they positively do a significantly better job cleaning teeth compared to traditional toothbrushes. The difference is significant and visible. It was a life changer for me. Bye bye tartar!

A bonus? It actually makes the mundane task of teeth brushing fun!

A second bonus? Less frequent visits to the dentist! Before, my dentist would spend some time cleaning out my tartar and scraps of food from down here and under there. But at my last visit, I spent no more than two minutes in the chair! I was just as surprised as, well, no one. I was just surprised all on my own.

Currently, I’m using the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean in pink, gifted by my brother on his last trip to Australia. This model has five brushing modes and comes with two extra brush heads, a charging station that doubles as a display cup, and a travel case with a USB charger. It also comes in purple and black. So far I am loving it! It really rubs the boring out of daily teeth brushing.

My two cents: if you have the budget to splurge a little, I’d recommend getting an electric toothbrush. While some high-end brands and models can run a little pricey, there’s plenty of affordable options to choose from. Think of it as an investment, but I think one that’s worthwhile since you’ll get plenty of use out if it, every single day!

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Stephanie is the founder and curator of Chléa Living, and copywriter for Chléa Consulting. A peanut butter lover and a sucker for big band music, Stephanie loves to bake, karaoke, and obsesses over making lists. Her biggest pet peeve is a messy space, which is why she loves cleaning and organizing. While she loves waking up in the morning to make a smoothie and meditate, her secret dream is to win an eating competition (shhh). Follow @stephaniejaya on Instagram for a daily dose of all things sunny, happy, and yummy!

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