Did you know that 90% of Canadians consider their smile to be an essential part of their physical appearance, but only 23% brush for at least two minutes which is the dentist-recommended amount of time per brushing?
I couldn’t tell you for sure how long I brush my teeth for. Someone once told me that you should brush for as long as it takes you to sing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” twice. This works in theory, but do you have any idea how fast you can actually sing that song when you are in a hurry? I can sing it in 20 seconds if I need to be out the door.
To make sure that two minutes means two minutes, Oral-B has the ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 electric toothbrush with Smart Guide. And what is the Smart Guide? It is a wireless clock that also tells you how long you have been brushing and how you are doing.
After reading the instructions, I set everything up and charged the toothbrush overnight.
When I began brushing the next night, the clock turned in to a timer and began counting seconds as I brushed. There was also a small image on the Smart Guide that indicated which quadrant of my mouth I should focus on during that time. The idea is to spend 30 seconds in each quarter of your mouth (top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right) for a total of two minutes. There is no need to stare at the Smart Guide while you brush as the toothbrush will pause briefly every 30 seconds to indicate it is time to switch. If you need to turn the brush off for any reason (spitting out or adding more toothpaste), then the timer also stops and waits for you to start again.
After your two minutes is up, you can keep brushing if you like, or stop and the Smart Guide shows you a happy face or a sad face to tell you if you completed the necessary time.
If you push too hard on your teeth while you are brushing, a sad face pops up on the Smart Guide and the brush also lights up and stops indicating that you need to be more gentle.
The brush also offers five different brush modes; Daily Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Massage and Deep Clean depending on your needs. When you press the button on the toothbrush, the mode changes and the Smart Guide shows you which mode you are now on.
Since starting with the SmartSeries 5000, I see and feel a noticeable difference. I know that using an electric toothbrush removes more plaque that a regular, manual toothbrush does, but I didn’t know how amazing my teeth would feel after brushing. It is like walking out of the dentist’s office twice a day with a new cleaning. I even get the same crazy, ticklish feeling that I do from the dentist when they clean under my top front teeth so it must be doing something right.
The SmartSeries 5000 also comes with a charger, a base station (with brush head storage for more than one brush), one flossaction brush head, and a travel case.
The Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with Smart Guide is available where dental products are sold for approximately $184.99 and is available at London Drugs or Well.ca.
April is Oral Health Month. Do you brush for two minutes, twice a day?
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Disclosure: I received a ProfessionalCare SmartSeries with Smart Guide and some Crest products from Oral-B for free to complete my feature. The opinions expressed in this post are mine only and are in no way influenced by any outside factors.