The #1 turn-off is bad teeth. Ask anyone. Search Google. (If you don’t agree, I’d love to know what trumps it for you! What’s worse than bad teeth? Yech!) If you’re unhappy with your teeth and oral hygiene (or you can use some improvement) you’re in the right post.

As some of you may know, I pledged with Crest Canada to participate in Oral Health Month for April. They sent me the products to improve my regimen and so the big question is… DID IT WORK? That can be answered in two ways. (And I answer them below). But first:

Review: Oral-B SmartSeries 5000 Electric Toothbrush with Smart Guide

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What I loved about it:love the wireless Smart Guide! I didn’t think I would, because it’s so fancy. And I thought, why would I need this now when I never needed it my whole life? Obviously not thinking about the fact that my oral hygiene hasn’t been a priority before. The Smart Guide times you when you’re brushing your teeth (and displays a smiley face and some stars when you’ve done enough, aka 2 minutes!) and it sounds silly, but it’s a great reminder to brush your teeth! Whenever I walk in to my bathroom, I see it and I think… hey, I’m gonna brush my teeth!

I also really like the brush itself. I’ve used electronic tooth brushes before, but they were the cheaper ones ($15 and took AA batteries. Ironically also from Crest) and never one like this. You can definitely tell the difference in quality and I love that the brush is small and easy to maneuver around my teeth. It also has a pressure sensor that stops pulsations if you brush too hard. And it has 5 modes: Daily Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Massage, Deep Clean. (Like a little spa visit for my teeth, honestly.)

It also came with a little travel box (not pictured) and it’s great for easier transportation of your toothbrush on weekend getaways or vacations. No more using zip locks for my tooth brush!

What I didn’t love about it: It’s a little pricey at $185 (retail), but as usual it is cheaper to buy online. I found it on Amazon for $145But I think it’s one of those investments that are worth it, because your oral health is important (seriously). And I don’t see anything wrong with buying more brush heads so your significant other can use it, too!

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Remember this scene from Sex & The City?! Hehehe I always thought it was cute.

Now, the big question… DID IT WORK?! 

The first way to answer this is to ask a professional, aka my dentist, right? So that’s exactly what I did!

2013-04-01-10-52-51_photoBefore I started the challenge, I paid my dentist a visit so she can give me an assessment on my oral health. Then at the end of the month, I went back and she did the same assessment. It was the perfect way to find out if using the Oral-B Smart Series toothbrush along with brushing and flossing daily makes a difference.

I’ll share some questions from the assessment:

[one_third last=”no”]On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being poor, 10 being excellent) how would you describe my oral health?

Before challenge: 6-7; After challenge: 7-8[/one_third]

[one_third last=”no”]On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being poor, 10 being excellent) how would you describe the level of plaque on my teeth?

Before challenge: 6-7; After challenge: 8[/one_third]

[one_third last=”yes”]What are my problem areas?
Before the challenge, her answer was very dentist-speak, but in Layman’s terms she basically said that my problem areas are typical problem areas – those “hard to reach” places toothbrush commercials are always talking about. After the challenge, she said they improved but are still there. [/one_third]

Like everything else, one month of doing something isn’t enough to change everything. It needs to be a constant priority and she gave me some tips on how to make that more achievable.

OHM Infographic - FINALSome tips/comments from my dentist (+ click on the infographic on the left):

  • – Brushing and flossing regularly makes all of the difference and reduces signs of gingivitis (some questions on the assessment were about my signs of gingivitis and she said it improved within the month)
  • – Spend more time time brushing! Don’t rush it and make sure you get those hard to reach areas.
  • – Go for regular cleanings with your dental hygienist

So after all of that… the second way is to ask, how do my teeth look?! The answer is… yup, they look amazing. LOL

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How is your oral health? Do you find that you take care of your teeth or are you still passive about it? Do you think using a special type of toothbrush (like this one) would help you? Because it really actually helped me out :)

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  • J_numbers

    I received one of these recently and I have to say — I find myself more motivated to brush my teeth more often because of how nice my teeth feel. Though at first, I felt kind of goofy because after the first clean, I spend a few moments just feeling my teeth with my finger and going “wow, that’s different” in my head.

    • Hahahaha that’s hilarious! Because I pretty much did the same thing. Like whoa, every single part of my teeth is clean!