If I have any grudges towards my parents then it’s one, that they never took me to the dentist and two, they didn’t make me learn how to swim (let’s slot this one for a future rant). I’ve always had pretty creepy teeth: bad shape, irregular placement, small size (I still love them, lulz). But those things are pretty superficial when it comes to the other important aspect: my (previously) below-average dental hygiene.
1. Buy an electrical toothbrush. An electrical toothbrush will always clean better than a manual one. Both Nabeel and I bought the Oral-B battery powered ones. The reason why we didn’t get the rechargeable brush was because I already have a Clarisonic that requires charging and when it dies, I get lazy and stop using it for a few days. I got a bunch of batteries so I can pop a new one in when one runs out (just learning from my mistakes, you can of course get any of the brushes). There were many price brackets but we got the AED 69 one because we didn’t want to spend too much right now.
Dr. Lina’s tip: Dr. Lina recommended the Oral-B Smart Guide mechanical brush which tells you how long to brush each quadrant of your mouth (see here). I’ll probably get this someday. She mentioned that the Braun HQ in Jumeirah may have a 10% discount, you could perhaps check that out? Also, she suggested that if you want to invest in an expensive electrical toothbrush, you could get one piece and two brush-heads and share with your spouse or sibling – you’d just need to swap out the heads everytime you use.
4. Floss every night. Dr. Lina said to floss, floss, floss and therefore I floss, floss, floss. Every night I’ll floss before brushing. It started off very wonky but now I’ve gotten the hang of it and am done in about 30 seconds.
* Pregnant women are highly recommended to get their teeth cleaned (and other dental checkups) because of a higher level of hormonal change that is happening during the pregnancy and may result in gum disease. Pregnant women are more susceptible to things like gum disease and tooth decay which if not treated timely can cause issues for the mother and baby.
Your first trip to the dentist: