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To Tell You the Tooth
HOW I GOT OVER MY TEETH INSECURITY
I know it has just been a week since my last toothbrush post.. I promise, I’m not turning into a “teeth blogger”… yet. Haha! I’ve been tagged by fellow momma Jackie Go of Go Jackie Go to share my oral health story which I’ve talked about briefly in this post – as well as to try the new Oral-B Pro Health Cross Action Toothbrush. In that previous blog entry, I’ve opened up about being insecure about my teeth due to a childhood accident that left me with “broken” teeth. For the longest time, because my two front teeth are fractured, I’ve always been hesitant to bust out that ear-to-ear smile.
Given this, I’m very anal about the rest of my teeth. I can’t lose the rest of my teeth now, people! I’ve especially been wary of one of the biggest oral enemies which is plaque. It’s that soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and contains millions of bacteria. And it’s the horrible, horrible plaque that causes tooth decay and gum disease if they are not removed regularly through brushing.
How would you know if you have plaque? Watch out for these three telling signs: thicker, yellowish layer around teeth, ‘soft’ build-up around teeth corners/in-between teeth and “fuzzy-feeling” on teeth surface. Actually, my dentist told me that everyone develops plaque as bacteria constantly grows in our mouths. Plus, the stuff is not easy to see!
Pro-Health Cross Action Toothbrush
I have to say that the Oral B Pro-Health Cross Action toothbrush above stands out in terms of feel compared to other toothbrushes I’ve tried because it hugs a wider and longer portion of your teeth while penetrating through the gaps along the way. Its unique 16-degree angle is said to remove 99% (!!) of plaque, keeping away other oral health problems along with it.
Let me be a little infomercial-sounding for now – the brush has Power Tip bristles that can help clean hard to reach places – particularly the upper molar teeth, while the CrissCross bristles angled in opposing directions sweep away plaque. It also has a built-in tongue cleaner to help remove germs from the tongue.
I’ve to say it gave immediate results. There’s that squeaky feeling after cleansing. Plus, I realized that I didn’t roll my tongue over tooth surfaces as often as I used to. My favorite feature is its longer and wider head that makes brushing more efficient time-wise as it covers a larger area at a time. Also, the bristles are soft but not too soft that you feel as if you’re not brushing out any dirt off.
As for the more long-term effects? It helps improve gum health in just four weeks by reducing gingivitis. It also provides up to 55% better cleaning along the gum line. And of course, regular usage promises to remove surface stains and polish the teeth. It definitely does better in removing plaque than any ordinary toothbrush.
“Our smiles ARE fundamental to our identity.”
With this campaign, I also realized how I need to show Selene, my turning-3-year-old daughter how to take care of her teeth as early as now, even if they’re only milk teeth. I grew up with insecurities and low self-esteem because at an early age, I lost my front teeth and had to get my teeth done. For her to grow up with teeth issues is the least of my motherhood concerns but it still remains a concern.
Which is why at her age now, she knows the concept of brushing her teeth every night before going to bed and even insists on brushing her teeth right after eating a slice of cake or a piece of chocolate. Ha ha! As for myself, I’ve learned to accept my own set of teeth and do vow to take care of them so as not to add to my set of porcelain-laden ones.
I TAG YOU
I am tagging all of you to join the Smile Pilipinas movement and share their oral health insecurities or issues as well as to try the new Oral B Pro-Health Cross Action Toothbrush!
*This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Oral B.
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