I Kind of Sucked at Brushing My Teeth Before I Got This Electric Toothbrush

You can't get distracted when something is intensely vibrating in your mouth.
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You can't get distracted when something is intensely vibrating in your mouth.

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not good at brushing my teeth.

I hate to say it, but I’m one of those distracted individuals who walks around with the brush hanging out of my mouth, occasionally grinding the bristles between my teeth while I pick out my outfit or vacuum the carpet. At absolute best, I brush in the mirror for a minute or two before my brain checks in, realizes there is something foreign in my mouth, and I immediately start to gag.

A few months ago, I started dating the cleanest person I’ve ever met. No joke—the words “body shower” are part of our regular daily conversation. A couple of weeks in, he went where no partner has gone before: he offered me his second electric toothbrush head, and I gladly accepted.

I’d never really cared enough about brushing to ever consider an electric toothbrush, and honestly, the first few tries were a total toothpaste-splattered nightmare. But when I finally mastered the whole crazy buzzing thing, it was a revelation. My teeth had never felt so clean!

I promptly ordered myself a similar model—the Sonicare DiamondClean to be exact—in pink, determined to capture that same clean feeling again and again. 

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Why is it any better than a normal toothbrush, you might ask? Philips toothbrushes are equipped with two cleaning methods: conventional scrubbing, and an extremely high range of intense vibrational brush speeds that creates “fluid dynamic” cleaning. Basically, the vibrational speed is so high that it agitates saliva and water in the mouth to disrupt plaque beyond where the brush can reach—like a pressure washer for your mouth!

For me, personally, though, the real benefit of this brush is how much you have to pay attention. With insanely high vibrations and timed cleaning beeps to tell you when to switch position, it’s impossible to chew or let the brush hang out of my mouth while I do dishes. (Trust me, I’ve tried.)

Also, it comes with a pink charging case that plugs into your computer, so there’s that.

Overall, it was a pretty big investment, but I don’t think I’ll be going back to my old chewed-up manual brushes any time soon.

  • Are you a distracted brusher like I was?
  • Do you use an electric toothbrush?
  • Does toothbrush color matter to you?