I will shamefully confess that one of my healthy ambitions this year is to be more diligent about my dental hygiene. There. I said it. How pathetic, right? But truly, I haven’t been always so diligent. Working from home is one reasons I blame for my sometimes lack of dental diligence. But really, I’m pretty sure pure laziness and habit play a bigger role. I *know* flossing is important, but do I floss on a regular basis? Um, yeah, no. I *know* brushing teeth at least twice a day is very important, but do I always do so? Um… well, I think you get the picture. Oh, and if you want to be encouraged to do a better job of it – just do some researching on the areas of health – besides the actual mouth – that are or could be hurt by having subpar brushing/flossing habits.
So when Toilet Tree asked if I would like to do a review on something in their line, my eye went to their sonic toothbrushes and this thing I had never heard of, and frankly, sounded a bit like something that would be most unpleasant – an oral irrigator, and I noticed they had a combo unit. I am proud to say I have *diligently* been brushing and …irrigating? (lol, that doesn’t sound right.. but it’s like flossing, so I’ll just say flossing from here on out, k?) for about a month or a little bit more. My teeth feel very clean, whiter, and my gums have even been less puffy and red and more a pink like they should be. I have used an electric toothbrush before, so that wasn’t much to get used to. I like the features this has – with the 3 speeds it is very customizable. But the irrigator – that thing honestly kind of scared me, haha. It shoots water at you through this very small nozzle at a surprising pressure/speed. I’m still working on not getting water misted up on the mirror, but it is now quite fun to use! I started using it on the least pressure setting (soft) and tried the normal setting the one day and my gums bled, so I knew it was working! I continued to use the soft pressure setting for about 1-2 weeks because I didn’t want to make my gums sore. But now I like to go back and forth between the soft setting and the pulse setting. The actual unit is sleek and quite nice looking. It’s easy to hold and operate, and it’s all together, which is nice.
What is one area you are putting more effort into this year? It’s the end of February, I know, but everyone always starts out strong early January, (and then often falls away from their plans) so I think a month or so in it’s a good reminder – if you’ve fallen off the path of any of your healthy habits, now is just as good a time as any to get back on the path!
Have you ever used an oral irrigator before?