Focus on your Oral Hygiene with the Best Electric Toothbrush

A lot of us are become more and more conscious about how we look. Shiny white teeth make a huge difference to your overall look but for that you need the best electric toothbrush. On top of that, a person’s smile is perhaps the one thing that makes that initial impression on others. In order to have a nice smile, you almost always need to have nice and white teeth. Unfortunately, due to the lifestyle we adopt, this can be difficult. If you drink a lot of tea or coffee while at the same times as not taking care of your teeth then your teeth will stain at some point.

Let’s be honest here, if you have stained teeth, a toothbrush won’t eradicate this regardless of how good and powerful it is. If you want to do this then a visit to the Dentist should be on the agenda because they will clean and whiten your teeth though the cost could be quite high for regular treatment. However, the best electric toothbrush could be the perfect platform for you to get started with taking care of your teeth properly. This will be the starting step that will help you to achieve that smile that you desire. If you’re wondering which sonic toothbrush to get then you need to compare lots of different models by reading the associated rechargeable electric toothbrush reviews. These will show you clear differences between each model and inform you on which toothbrush is the best.

Personally, I have been a big fan of electric toothbrushes and have been using these ever since they were created years ago. They weren’t that popular at that time but the research indicated that they were effective so I thought I would give it a go. To be honest, they were bound to be better than a manual toothbrush anyway. From my selection, I have found that the best electric toothbrush that I have ever used is the Sonicare DiamondClean by Philips. This is the model that I use right now and have been using for quite some time. I do tend do replace the head every once in a while so the sonic toothbrush always remains consistently effective. This product is definitely one of the best toothbrushes around and it was definitely the topic of some of the reviews that I was reading before I got it.

The reason for its success is the overall performance. Even though it is quite an expensive toothbrush, this is probably worth buying for the long term. It is important to notice that this is also a best selling product within the electric toothbrush reviews category and considering the high cost, this speaks volumes for the quality you can expect from it. If you are expecting some crazy features as a justification for the price then you are mistaken because there are none. However, the cleverly design premium structure is bound to make your technique more effective than before. The body of the DiamondClean is highly durable and it actually feels like that when you hold it. It feels like you are holding a premium product and to be honest, I think that when it comes to your health and oral care in particular, you should always aim to get the best quality.

But again, we don’t care too much about the style and the design so let’s move on to the actual performance. When it comes to this, you have got a few unique features and a highly innovative interface that is simple to use. There are also 5 brushing settings you can choose from and this is excellent for someone who is fed up of the efficacy of a manual toothbrush or their older and cheaper rechargeable electric toothbrush.

Electric toothbrush reviews

I don’t think this product is going to do any wonders for your teeth so don’t expect your teeth to shine within a few uses. However, just remember that what it is excellent at is cleaning your teeth properly. This means that you will be minimising bacteria and over time, with the right diet and additional steps, you will eventually achieve those shiny teeth and that bright smile. Another impressive feature of the DiamondClean is the battery, which lasts quite long. All of these features and characteristics ensure that this model is the best electric toothbrush out right now and from the looks of it, this isn’t going to change any time soon.

Reviewing Green Beauty Products

This is new territory for me, dipping a toe into the world of beauty blogging, but I have to say, I remember posting on Facebook last year how I wished someone would finally invent some “green” beauty products that actually work after throwing away a full bottle of useless, but safe, nail polish remover. Since then I’ve calmed down and have walked into this area of chemical-free beauty products with a much more serious and dedicated fervour, so I’m pleased to say that I’ve already had much better results with the soaps and shampoos I’ve tried in 2014 — starting with Giovanni’s Smooth as Silk shampoo and conditioner.

Before I’d even used the stuff I was discussing it with my mom, who raved about the scent, which I hadn’t even noticed, having picked it up at Tesco and placed it directly in my shower caddy. I have to admit, it reminds me of a really pricy shower gel I used once from a company out of London that I also remember hearing was safe for the whole family (and darn it, I have no idea what it’s called now) — but this stuff is much cheaper, and as you’ll find out in a later post I’ve also found a different (cheaper) bath soap that feels quite nice and authentic on this green beauty journey. Bottom line, this shampoo and conditioner smells much better than products I’ve tried from Burt’s Bees, for example, so props for that.

Organic Beauty

It also gives a good lather, which I understand is tough to create without SLS. My son asked for bubbles in his bath yesterday, and having switched to an all-natural baby shampoo for him too, I knew it wouldn’t create those nice fluffy bubbles he’s used to — so I squirted in some of my Giovanni shampoo while the water was running, and sure enough, BUBBLES! Just enough to make him happy, and I danced a little bit inside too knowing that now I don’t have to make a separate purchase for him in the future if I don’t want to — the whole family can use one product.

That said, I do have one caveat — this shampoo is not perfect for me, at least compared to the conventional versions I was using immediately prior (Pantene Blonde Expressions and Neutrogena Triple Therapy Volumising Conditioner). Before, without any products at all I could blow dry (okay, and tame a few flyaways with lip balm or natural face lotion — yeah, I’ve really given up all my conventional styling products) and have amazing, beach-blonde, pregnant-lady hair. (A) I know that my hair may only be this lush because of the pregnancy and (B) the Giovanni shampoo obviously won’t bring out my natural highlights, but…it’s not as light and fluffy and bouncy as it was with the other stuff. In fact, it can be downright flippy and dry-looking, even though this is a moisturising line.

So I have two options: either find some green styling products (volumiser? mousse? flyaway tamer?) or try something new next time. To feed the old beauty-product addict inside of me I know I’m going to end up trying something else first, but at least the stuff isn’t horrible, and it’s perfectly suitable for the days I do NOT blow dry and just tie my hair back (which is pretty frequent).

Final verdict: Thumbs sideways. Love the smell, love the fact that they somehow maintained the lather without using SLS or SLES, but don’t love the way my hair looks when blow-dried compared to the results with conventional products. I’ll live with it until it runs out, but next time I’m going to try a volumising formula for my fine, straight hair.

Using a bar of soap again

I’ve never really been a bar-soap kind of girl. Its reputation as old-fashioned and drying has always preceded itself in my mind, and the lure of moisturising, lathery, sweet-smelling body washes used to be irresistible. Yes, used to be — until I started researching all of the nasty chemicals found in our favourite pretty, bead-infused, exfoliating potions. I hate things like sodium laureth sulfate. Although I let my husband run out the contents of the latest and greatest, I had already moved on to a bar soap recommended by Kim Barnouin — Dr Bronner’s, available at Tesco, health food stores and online — which comes in a variety of scents as well, enticing my inner beauty addict.

I’ve always loved the “almond” aroma in bath and body products from H2O, for example, with a slight resemblance to the real nut extract and an exaggerated, spa-like sensation. So I tried Dr Bronner’s almond bar first…and was a bit disappointed in its lack of my favourite strong scent. However, I used it all over both face and body, and I never experienced any irritation or unusual dryness, which I usually get (especially during the winter) on my legs and feet. Thumbs sideways; on to the next scent: lavender.

Green Soap

Lavender is known for its calming properties, so perhaps I was already bit divided again — I like something to wake me up in the morning, rarely needing a shower to calm me down before bedtime. But the scent reminded me of a lavender-infused pillow my mom bought for me during a bus trip through Europe many years ago, so I couldn’t resist! Scents have a way of taking you back like nothing else. I was hooked.

However, and I may have to attribute this in part again to the dry winter weather and even perhaps a touch of pregnancy strangeness, this soap makes my legs (knees especially, for some reason) seriously dry, itchy and tight-feeling. Yes, I’ve been known to scratch during my son’s gymnastics class. Real cute.

So I hate to have another so-so green (healthy!) beauty review right out of the gate, but I’m even veering toward a thumbs-sideways/slightly down just because the soap seems typically drying and what I’m really looking for is a nice, soft, cushy body wash reminiscent of my former conventional loves. While the soap does the trick and even gives my face its clean and lovely pregnancy glow, I have reservations. Maybe the next step is to try the liquid kind.

Natural Deodorant…Do I Use It Or Not?

To stink or not to stink? I always thought that was the question when it came to switching to a natural deodorant — do I want to smell like a horse farm just to “go green,” or should I ignore the issue all together and stick to the regular kind (some of which still leave you stinky anyways)? I pictured dirty hippies, the girls in junior high who still hadn’t had the talk with their moms and didn’t know it was time to start using the no-stink stick. Serious, stomach-turning odor.

But I tried it anyways!

I’d heard about the dangers of conventional deodorant plenty of times; after all, why would natural options exist if there wasn’t a real tradeoff? So around Christmas during our family health crisis, I decided it was finally time to toss the Secret and commit to going au naturel. I was afraid, very afraid, especially with my raging pregnancy hormones, that I would smell like a European tourist. And what was this stuff, anyways, a “crystal” I had to wet before rubbing it under my arms? I thought crystals were for Feng Shui.

Natural Deodorant

Yet I couldn’t ignore the evidence — parabens, found in traditional deodorants, are an established risk for breast cancer. But scientists still claim there’s no link between the dangerous chemical and applying it daily, at least once, to an area where so many positive lymph nodes are detected in women with mammary tumors? Parabens are known hormone disruptors.

Found in the tissues of women with cancer. Sure, even in women who said they never used deodorant — but to me, that doesn’t let underarm protection off the hook. It just means that parabens happen to be in deodorant and a million other conventional products we use too much of these days. Really, it would be laughable if it weren’t so FREAKING ridiculous.

So back to my little experiment…I am officially stink free! (At least I think so — but you’d have to ask those I’ve come into close contact with for the final verdict, I suppose.) There was no transition period while my body “adjusted” to the natural alternative, although I heard that was typical. And I will mention that it’s not like I’m doing any hard-core cardio while I’m pregnant, of course, so when my workouts start to ramp up again I admit to wondering if I’ll regret the switch.

The Crystal I’m using right now, also, is just a deodorant, not an antiperspirant — so I don’t always feel completely dry, but I’m not exactly one to wear silk blouses or tight-fitted jersey dresses anyways. Frankly, I’m pleased, and I’m hoping anyone who’s on the fence out there about making the switch goes out and tries it right away. There’s really nothing to be afraid of after all, and there are other options available if the first kind you try isn’t 100% satisfactory.

Sodium Laureth What?

Both sodium laureth sulfate and its close relative sodium lauryl sulfate are commonly used in countless kinds of shampoo, bubble bath, toothpaste, soaps, deodorant and detergents — it’s what makes the products foam up, what gives them their bubbles. But did you know they are also very dangerous, and highly irritating?

Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) can actually damage your hair follicles in the case of shampoo/baby shampoo, cause damage to the skin in the case of bubble bath or body wash and can cause permanent (yeah, you heard me, permanent) damage to the eyes in children — not to mention your everyday liver toxicity. It’s another one of those great chemicals like phthalates that gets inside your system and stays in the body’s tissues — only in this case, being metabolized by the liver, your body really has to expend a lot of energy to get rid of it. The EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database classifies these agents as likely to be toxic or harmful. There is “strong evidence” to support this claim, including over 40 studies that you can read yourself if so inclined! If you’re at home, get up, go to your bathroom and examine your toothpaste, shampoo, body wash and baby shampoo. I’ll bet you any amount of money that at least one of the products you use every day has sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate as one of the first few ingredients. If you’re reading this on the go, stop at a drugstore or grocery store. Try to find a popular shampoo or body wash WITHOUT one of these bad boys. I seriously think you’ll come up empty handed.

So if something is so toxic and harmful, why are we “allowed” to buy the stuff and scrub it on our heads, faces, bodies and, did I mention, all over the insides of our mouths? Well, think about it this way, for one: You can still buy cigarettes and foods with trans fats, both of which are linked to cancer. Consumer products companies generally loathe replacing chemicals in their precious formulas, because that costs huge amounts of time and money — and, after all, it’s only our health and vitality at stake. Don’t expect your favorite brands to do away with SLS any time soon, because there is no government agency that actually regulates how much a manufacturer uses or claims not to use in a given product! We might as well be talking about herbal supplements or bottled water, two other areas where the government basically sits on their collective ass rather than stepping in to protect our health and wellness (more on that later). Vote with your dollar and look for something safe — I’ll provide some examples below for you to munch on. Let’s not risk developing cancer because we love our Paul Mitchell shampoo so much, mmkay? Here are some practical alternatives to swap out the next time your toothpaste and detergent are running low.

Jason Powersmile toothpaste contains no sulfates or preservatives (no animal testing, either). I use the stuff every day. If you don’t have a local earthy-crunchy health food store like I do that sells it, try Amazon. They sell everything!

Dr Bronner’s Pure Liquid Castile Soap can be used in a million different ways, but I’m most excited about using it to clean dishes as even Seventh Generation’s dish soap contains SLS. (That was a shocker to me. SMH, Seventh Gen.) You can get tons of different varieties of Dr Bronners on Amazon also, or at Target and health food stores too.

Natural Newborn sells chemical-free baby wash, lotion, massage oil and more. Keep in mind, however, shipping can be slow from these smaller organic companies as they’re often small and family owned, so order with enough lead time in advance (not when you’ve already run out of your baby’s old favorite).

The Skinny book I’m reading now recommends Amazon Beauty Rahua shampoo and conditioner, Sukihair Clean Balance Shampoo and Glory Locks Hair Cream aside from the Giovanni Smooth and Silk line I told you about in an earlier post. I’m looking forward to trying all of the above!

Face washes can also contain SLS as a foaming agent, so try (again, Kim’s picks) Terra Firma Cosmetics Face the Day Cleanser, Suki Sensitive cleansing bar or OSEA Ocean Cleanser (which sounds the yummiest to me). I’ll review all of the products for you as I try them, starting with the Giovanni hair care and Jason toothpaste I mention using above.

Don’t mess around with this stuff, guys. I know it’s easier to just go on using what you always use and ignoring what you may consider to be paranoia or conspiracy theory, but what have you got to lose? Are you really that attached to your bottle of Pantene? Don’t keep it shallow, sister. Pass along this info to your beauty-obsessed friends, your wives who do the shopping, your moms and girlfriends and whomever you think is otherwise too lazy to care. Get them to care by showing that YOU care about THEIR health and wellbeing! Try one product and let me know how it goes — I promise there are alternatives out there for everything, and I’ll help you find the best ones.

Your Pearly Whites and Fluoride — A Dentist’s Dream Becomes Your Nightmare

Walk down the toothpaste aisle at Tesco, Boots or any other drugstore across the country, and you’re unlikely to find a single brand of toothpaste that doesn’t contain fluoride.

That’s good, right?

Ha. That’s what you think.

We’ve long been told that fluoride can protect against gum disease, cavities and dry mouth; but did you know that excess fluoride in the body can actually detrimentally affect your kidneys? How about the brain and your bones? And let’s not forget — wait for it — your teeth. Too much of a “good thing” from toothpaste and fluoridated water can actually cause your teeth to lose enamel, change colour, pit and fall apart. Why would anyone want to take that risk when you can take care of your teeth just fine by brushing, flossing and eating a healthy diet?

White teeth

I think the reason for this misinformation, as well as others — that soda isn’t bad for you, that corn syrup is fine in moderation, that sodium laureth sulfate in our shampoo is nothing to worry about — boils down to more than just one thing. But if you’re skeptical, think about it: How could the government say that Coca-Cola is bad for you? Industry lobbyists, anyone? Corn farmers and subsidies? All of the hard work and time/money it would take to remove SLES from daily-use products? In terms of fluoride, you can chalk that up to a bunch of dentists who form the sole group of advisors to the Centres for Disease Control on the entire issue of fluoridation.

Funny story, though: Fluoride use to prevent tooth decay was actually discovered after the brown stains and mottling that it can also cause to the enamel of our teeth. Thanks, but no thanks — I’ll brush, floss and eat right, and I’ll bet you I can avoid both spotty teeth AND cavities. Sounds just like the “don’t eat sugar, eat corn syrup” argument to me. Makes no sense to rob Peter to pay Paul.

I’ve been using both Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil & Neem toothpaste and Jason Powersmile, which do not contain fluoride or sodium lauryl sulfate, and at my last dental checkup — insane pregnancy hormones and all, which do tend to cause more dental issues — I was cavity free. I’m not even sure if my teeth don’t look whiter now than before!

I’m all about simple switches, and this has been the easiest for me (along with deodorant) in terms of satisfaction with the “green” product versus conventional kinds. No complaints, no issues, just a healthier me. Go to your local health food store the next time you run out of toothpaste and do YOUR health a favour, too.