1. Raise your hand if you just can’t wait to go back to the dentist. If you’re anything like us, your hands are nowhere near raised. Skip the suffering and devote yourself to solid in-home dental care so you can maximize germ and bacteria reduction in the comfort of your own bathroom routine.
2. Good dental care starts right where you'd imagine: with the toothbrush that’s best for you. An electric toothbrush is a great way to get motivated to look after your mouth. Today’s electric toothbrushes are kitted out with a variety of special features all designed to make brushing easy and effective.
3. It’s all in the timing. Research shows that most people brush their teeth from 30 to 60 seconds, which simply isn’t enough time to thoroughly remove the plaque from your teeth. Find an electric toothbrush with a timer if you’re worried you’re more of a sprinter than a long-distance brusher.
4. An electric toothbrush with a timer will let you know when you’ve hit that golden two-minute mark, and some will even beep in thirty-second intervals to remind you to change your target brushing area. Also, timers are a great way to get your kids used to brushing for a solid two minutes without the hassle of nagging them to keep going and going.
5. Go easy on your enamel with soft bristles. Medium and hard bristles may work for some people, but if you have any doubt about the vigor of your teeth-brushing, stick with a soft-bristled electric toothbrush. You’ll still get plaque protection, but without eroding the enamel around your gums.
6. Whether you opt for a rotating brush head, an oscillating brush head, a rotating-oscillating brush head, or a toothbrush head that moves up and down, you’ll still be arming your teeth in their plaque attack. Don’t worry, research indicates that all types of brush heads help reduce plaque.
7. We know it might seem redundant, but toothbrushes need a little TLC, too! In fact, manual and electric toothbrushes can be littered with millions of germs such as e. coli and salmonella from the flush of a toilet or cross-contamination between brushes. For total dental care, try a toothbrush sanitizer.
8. With innovative, state-of-the-art technology, toothbrush sanitizers use UV light or steam to keep your toothbrushes 99.9% germ-free. With UV-light toothbrush sanitizers, you simply place your manual or electric toothbrush in the cleaning unit and press a button for the UV light to work its magic. Steam toothbrush sanitizers use dry heat and steam to rid bacteria of its breeding ground.
9. Pile ‘em in. A typical toothbrush sanitizer will let you clean one, two, or four toothbrushes at a time. Some models also work with razors or other dental hygiene equipment such as dentures and mouth guards. All in all, these handy in-home hygienists will help your family stop dreading the dentist, and start looking forward to an opportunity to show off your extra-clean pearly whites.