How I’ve saved $$ by switching toothbrushes
I made this comment on the previous post about teeth whitening, but I thought I'd share it with everyone else too since it's saved me hundreds. First let me say this requires a small investment at first, but in the long run I've found it to be well worth it since I have cavity-prone teeth no matter how well I think I've brushed, and my oldest son does too. It may not apply to people who can go 30 years without seeing a dentist and never have a cavity (like my husband), or people who can smoke and still have whiter teeth (my husband again) than people who never have smoked (me). Almost 2 years ago, I got one of the cheaper Oral B/Braun electric rechargable toothbrushes (mine was about $25). It noticeably whitened my teeth within the first week of use, about 30%. It didn't increase or anything after that, but people definitely noticed a difference. I used my regular toothpaste with it, didn't have to do anything special. I thought that was great. It was enough to get me to continue buying replacement heads, plus my teeth felt REALLY clean. But then the benefit to using this toothbrush doesn't end there. As I said, I'm normally pretty cavity prone, at least 1 a year. Since I got this brush I haven't had a single cavity. That means I haven't paid to have any fillings done in nearly 2 years. I got my sons the same brushes since the older one has teeth more cavity prone than mine. And he hasn't had a cavity in a year now either. I recently went for a cleaning and I just went in apologizing to the poor hygenist for having to look at teeth that hadn't been cleaned in 2 years because I couldn't afford it. He said my teeth actually looked really great, and the only place there was plaque was in the front. I didn't need this deep cleaning that I normally would have needed for having inadequate dental coverage and neglecting my teeth. My sons' brushes were $19 a piece. The heads cost about $19 for 3, and they have color indicators to tell you when to replace them, plus you can tell that you're not getting as awesome a brushing around then too, but we tend to go longer than what the indicator says. It's worth it for our family of funky teeth. They've replaced the line we use with something else, but mine looks like this: except without the fancy pack on the back with another head inside of it. That one looks exactly like my husband's.