A few short weeks ago my gums were in pretty bad shape. Now? They feel better than ever! My teeth also look and feel great and I give all of the credit for this transformation to my new Waterpik Water Flosser and Philips Electric Toothbrush.
I’ll be talking about my own personal experience using these two products in this article, but first, a necessary disclaimer.
I am not a dentist. You should take my advice and my experience with a grain of salt because all I can relate to you is what happened for me. And no, this is in no way a paid endorsement or sponsored post: I bought these products because I wanted to use them and I just so happened to be thrilled about them.
For most of my adult life I have used a normal, old-school toothbrush. The cheap kind with a plastic handle that you can get at Target for under $10. And when I flossed (which was far less than I knew I should) I flossed using those easy-flossers with the handles.
So the last time I went to the dentist (which is every six months) I was told that I might need a deep clean for my gums on my next visit unless I really turned things around. That was a major bummer to hear because I know those can be quite painful and are nowhere close to cheap.
Plus, my gums were bleeding a little bit here and there (gross, I know). They just weren’t as healthy as they should be.
So I exited the dentists office after that last visit determined to make some real changes in the way I care for my mouth. The problem was, I didn’t really have a plan… until I did.
What I was doing wasn’t working for a couple reasons, I guess.
First, I was (to and continue to be) a busy person and skipping brushing and flossing the proper way was too easy to do. Many days I am up at 4-5 A.M. If I don’t get up that early I just can’t get all the work done that I need and want to.
Second, when it comes to things that feel like chores, I tend to be lazy. In other words, I am a normal human being. If I starred in the odd couple, I’d be Oscar, not Felix.
One day it struck me: I’m a tech reviewer… I’m going to throw the best technology has to offer at the problem. And so I did.
I researched the best electric toothbrush I could find. At the recommendation of the dental hygienist I also looked into Waterpiks. After doing some research I settled on the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush and the Waterpik Aquarius water flosser. I got both in black and all together it cost me close to $300 for the pair.
So, was it worth it?
Yes — absolutely. But there are just a couple caveats.
Using the water flosser has made a gigantic difference in my gum health. They feel fantastic (as I already mentioned). And you know what? It’s pretty fun to use!
And the DiamondClean toothbrush is the best I’ve ever used (and I had used one electric toothbrush for several months before: the TAO). My teeth feel cleaner than I’ve ever gotten them at home.
Combined, these two products come very close to matching the “just visited the dentist” feeling. It’s actually pretty remarkable. I love it. And I’m kind of looking forward to heading into the dentists for my next visit to see what they say (like, “In you face!” But not really.)
But there are some drawbacks. First, the price. What I came up with to improve the health of my teeth and gums seems to be a home run, but it was a costly solution.
Next, I have far less counter space in my bathroom right now. The toothbrush and all it’s accessories (charging gear, mostly) take up the space on the left hand side of my sink and the Waterpik takes up even more space on the right hand side. My wife doesn’t like that (and neither do I, actually) and the end result is that our master bathroom feels just a bit smaller.
Finally, the Waterpik is loud. Like, quite loud. It doesn’t bother me at all, but still… it’s loud.
So should you buy a top-of-the-line electric toothbrush and a water flosser? Are they worth the cost? From my own personal experience I’d say, YES!