When it comes to toothbrushes, there hasn’t been much innovation over time, and some may ask, why should there be? I’ve been using my Sonicare for about 13 years, and I haven’t had a cavity since. What I have had because of it is gum recession, and here’s why. When you use a toothbrush like the Sonicare, you’re supposed to let the brush do all the work, meaning you should just be placing it on your teeth – not placing it and moving it back and forth like you would a manual toothbrush. I know this! I have known this for years! In fact, I’ve even had part of my gums replaced, and yet I still can’t stop the back and forth motion. My dentist says it’s a common problem amongst stressed out New Yorkers. She calls it “aggressive brushing.” In any case, while I can’t overstate my love for Sonicare, I was curious to try something new; so I bought the Issa Toothbrush from Foreo, which promises to not damage gums.
I’ll make a long story short and say that a few months ago I had a cut on my body that wasn’t healing. Nothing worked. Finally I was given a bit of Botox, and lo and behold, the small cut was healed. With that I learned that Botox has a number of uses unrelated to making wrinkles disappear.
I try not to chew gum too often. When you chew it, you’re taking in air, which causes bloating. I also find that it often makes me hungrier. Chewing sugarless gum, however, can help prevent tooth decay…
I like red wine and I’m addicted to coffee, so regular teeth whitening is a must for me. Unfortunately, I have super sensitive teeth, making the process painful and almost unbearable. Still, it’s worth suffering through for vanity.