OMG!  I suck!  It’s been ages since I wrote a dental post but they just aren’t as pretty and as easy to write as beauty products 😛  However, seeing as I didn’t have to work today (Good Friday), I managed to squeeze one in.

The gorgeous Julie at Beauty Snippets asked me a dental-related question last week and I thought that I would make it into a blog post series – Ask the Dentist – because I am one…in case you didn’t know :P.

Question : “Ling Ling, what would you recommend for toothbrush and toothpaste? Curious.”

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So the thing is…my recommendations are totally irrelevant because it is actually up to personal choice and lifestyle on what type of toothbrush and toothpaste you use – BUT just remember these points :-

1.  If using a manual (i.e. non-electric) toothbrush, choose one that has :-

  • Small head (to reach into awkward areas at back)
  • Soft bristles (too hard will wreck the enamel)
  • Angled, tapered neck (to reach into back teeth)

2.  If using an electric toothbrush, choose one that has :-

  • Small head
  • Visible pressure indicator (which will light up if you brush too hard)

3.  As for toothpaste, unless you have allergies, go for a fluoridated toothpaste

  • The minimum fluoride level that I look for is 1000 ppm
  • I, personally, do not advise whitening toothpastes (due to their abrasive nature)
  • Kiddies toothpastes are made for kiddies; not adults!

Products that I have tried and tested and trust are :-

Manual Toothbrushes

  • Colgate 360 Sensitive Pro-Relief : lovely soft brush
  • Colgate 360 Surround : not as soft as the above, but it performs well
  • TePe toothbrushes : small head, but not easily available in shops
  • The BEST Colgate toothbrush EVER from Asia : I didn’t know the name or number of this toothbrush.  I bought it in Asia when I went off travelling and have never found it again.  I actually brought it with me to a dental show and asked a Colgate rep and she looked at me as if I was daft!  Gurrr!  Should totally have reported her for treating me like I was dirt!  HELLO?  I spend a lot of money on Colgate and I recommend them too!

Electric Toothbrushes

  • Oral-B Professional Care 1000 : I lost my electric toothbrush virginity to this baby.  It was love at first brush!  It was THAT good!  In fact, it was so good that my Husband broke his electric toothbrush virginity with this baby and has never looked back!
  • Oral-B Triumph 5000* : I spoke to a few of my dentist friends about electric toothbrushes because we are so interesting that way!  Anyway, for some reason, they all raved about Oral-B Triumph 5000.  I was rather curious myself and a Toothbrush Fairy granted me one of these babies…and then I discovered why my dentist friends loved using it too.  It makes teeth SUPER squeaky clean!  There are some things I don’t like about it…so I may review in more detail in another blog post if there is demand for it.  (Let me know in the comments please)

Toothpaste

  • Colgate Total Toothpaste : Just the normal one; not the whitening.  I avoid Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste because I wake up with dog breath!
  • Darlie Original : I think it’s a Hong Kong thing.  I think it could also be racist because they call it “the black man’s toothpaste”.  Was it originally called Darkie…??  Anyway…moving on…

Points to note :-

  • * denotes that this was not purchased by me but I was given it by an Oral-B rep; but it does not affect my opinions whatsoever!  Come on!  Would I sell my soul for a toothbrush?  Like, really?!
  • These are my personal opinions and recommendations.  Do what you want but just remember to brush twice a day!
  • If you don’t know how to brush properly, please read my “How To Brush” post and “How To Floss” afterwards.
  • For electric toothbrushing, it is different to normal toothbrushing…so I will have to cover this issue in another post because I spoke to an Oral Health Educator (oh yes, I did!) and they had a few important things to say about electric toothbrushes.  In short, do not use electric toothbrushes every day.

What toothbrush and toothpaste combo do you use?  And do you have an “Ask the Dentist” question?  Go ahead.  Give me ideas on what to write!  BTW, Happy Easter peeps!!!