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9 signs you’re obsessed with oral hygiene

Even your dentist believes you when you claim to floss every day 

1. You keep 3 different flavours of toothpaste on your bathroom counter
1. You keep 3 different flavours of toothpaste on your bathroom counter
11 Aug 2015

1. You keep 3 different flavours of toothpaste on your bathroom counter

You love brushing your teeth so much that you vary your toothpaste flavours just to mix things up in the morning. And what’s wrong with that? Other people vary their perfumes, and that’s just for their necks. 

2. You're the leading authority on the difference between white dental floss and green dental floss
2. You're the leading authority on the difference between white dental floss and green dental floss
11 Aug 2015

2. You're the leading authority on the difference between white dental floss and green dental floss

“White floss and green floss? Isn’t that like the difference between a red M&M and a green M&M?” Uh no, the green ones are clearly superior in taste, fragrance, and appearance. And let’s not even get started on the difference between satin floss, nylon floss, and monofilament floss. Or your preference for waxed floss over unwaxed floss. Flossing isn’t so bad, it’s just that most people haven’t tried enough flosses to find one that they really like.

Try: Oral-B Pro-Health Glide Deep Clean Floss, which slides up to 50 per cent more easily in tight spaces, helps prevent gingivitis, and aids in plaque removal. 

3. You've given up eating sour candy because you're concerned that it will damage your enamel
3. You've given up eating sour candy because you're concerned that it will damage your enamel
11 Aug 2015

3. You've given up eating sour candy because you're concerned that it will damage your enamel

Your dental problems started the day you stuffed 10 Warhead candies in your mouth on a dare, and nothing can convince you otherwise. Sure, that was a couple of decades ago, but the subsequent eruption of cavities can’t have been a coincidence. 

4. You schedule visits to the dentist every six months
4. You schedule visits to the dentist every six months
11 Aug 2015

4. You schedule visits to the dentist every six months

Going to the dentist is like going to the mechanic. The longer you put it off, the worse your problems will get. You don’t wait until you feel a twinge in your teeth before scheduling a visit. You drop by the dental clinic at least twice a year so that he or she detect budding cavities or infections before complications arise. 

5. You actually know all the names of the different dental instruments
5. You actually know all the names of the different dental instruments
11 Aug 2015

5. You actually know all the names of the different dental instruments

Dental tools aren’t instruments of torture. They’re instruments of healing! Why hello there, mouth mirror! Hello hemostats! Hello Perio Probe! You’re such a nerd about all of their different functions that you’ve even purchased your very own mouth mirror – just so you can check up on any “funny business” happening in your molars (naturally, you know the names of all the different teeth as well.) 

6. You brush your teeth and use mouthwash in the office bathroom
6. You brush your teeth and use mouthwash in the office bathroom
11 Aug 2015

6. You brush your teeth and use mouthwash in the office bathroom

…because coffee breath is the last thing you need when meeting big-name clients. You believe in making good first impressions. Clean teeth and minty fresh breath convey good health and the ability to take care of yourself.

Try: Oral-B Pro-Health Multiprotection Rinse, which helps fight germs and plaque, protects the gums, keeps the teeth cleaner longer, helps freshen breath, and is alcohol-free. 

7. You always keep an apple in your bag
7. You always keep an apple in your bag
11 Aug 2015

7. You always keep an apple in your bag

Apples are nature’s toothbrush. It’s not always possible to brush your teeth on the go. Eating an apple freshens your breath and helps scour the stains left by dark-coloured beverages like tea and coffee. (Pro tip: other firm, crunchy foods like carrots and celery can do the same, without adding much to your daily calories.) 

8. You use an electric toothbrush instead of a manual one
8. You use an electric toothbrush instead of a manual one
11 Aug 2015

8. You use an electric toothbrush instead of a manual one

You upgraded from a manual toothbrush to an electric one long ago, and you’ve never looked back. You love how electric toothbrush heads can swirl around to clean hard-to-reach places. Numerous brushing modes can target specific concerns, such as whitening and sensitive teeth. Timers can even help ensure that you’re brushing your teeth long enough. While manual toothbrushes have come a long way in recent years, using one still takes much more technique than an electric toothbrush does.

Try: Oral-B ProfessionalCare 3000, which removes up to 96 per cent of plaque from even the tiniest crevices. A pressure sensor will stop pulsations when you’re brushing too hard, and the toothbrush comes in 3 modes: Daily Clean, Sensitive, and Whitening. Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean + Gum Care provides dentist-inspired cupping action in which a unique, round brush head surrounds each tooth for a tooth-by-tooth clean.

9. Your smile is pretty much perfect in every way
9. Your smile is pretty much perfect in every way
11 Aug 2015

9. Your smile is pretty much perfect in every way

The greatest benefit of flawless oral hygiene is confidence. Having minty breath makes feel more self-assured when meeting strangers, while smooth, plaque-free pearly whites make for a dazzling smile – just what you need when you spot your crush/future husband eyeing you across the room. 

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