Our Latest Obsession: Sonic Toothbrushes
Rashida Jones, who played the dutiful BFF to civic queen Leslie Knope on Parks and Rec, once said “Smiling is definitely one of the best beauty remedies.” When we light up our faces with a smile, we want our smile to be as bright as we are. To keep that glow going, everyone has to keep up with their oral hygiene, all the way down to a strong flossing game- the most annoying part, right? But, as many people know, a regular toothbrush doesn’t always cut it when it comes to removing plaque. Therefore, many people step it up to electric toothbrushes. However, plain old electric toothbrushes have been one-upped: Sonic toothbrushes.
For a mini dental lesson, plaque is the biofilm in your mouth that occurs when bacteria is grouped together. It mixes with the minerals in your saliva and hardens into tartar, which is the icky yellow or brown discoloration we end up seeing. This causes decay, cavities, gingivitis (a gum disease) and other issues that seriously hurt our smiles. In other words, you constantly get a bunch of germs in your mouth, and if you don’t clean them up, they just get worse and want to stay forever. Kind of like a sloppy houseguest. I don’t know about you, but that makes me want to keep a toothbrush in my hand at all times.
That’s where sonic toothbrushes can come in. A way to help kick out that unwanted plaque and keep your smile looking bright is to get a deeper, better clean. Sonic toothbrushes are a form of electric toothbrush that use “sonic technology.” This means that the brush is vibrating at a high frequency- high enough of a frequency that the speed can be heard in the human range of hearing. Some sonic toothbrushes, such as Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite, do up to 31,000 brush strokes per minute when used at full strength. Think of what your Clarisonic does for your skin, but specially made for your teeth instead. Furthermore, a key aspect of sonic toothbrushes is that they reach areas other than the surface that they are touching. This is what really separates them from regular electric toothbrushes. The high frequency of the toothbrush, combined with specifically angled brush-heads, causes cleaning fluids to shoot between teeth and into the gum-line. These are hard to reach places where plaque often builds into tartar, so having some extra force fighting the bacteria there is a huge bonus.
While a toothbrush isn’t what first comes to mind when you think of a good beauty haul, give a second thought to what a whiter, fresher, cleaner smile would do for your #Glam. Furthermore, think about how much a cavity can cost you at the dentist, whether you have dental insurance or not. A good toothbrush isn’t just a splurge; it’s an investment. Invest in your teeth. You’ll be proud to smile, whether you’re barefaced or rocking your favorite red from M.A.C.
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