I’m the weirdo who seriously looks forward to going to the dentist. When I heard the new Oral-B iO electric toothbrush combines the best-ever clinical performance with a superior user experience, making it the industry’s most advanced brushing product, I just had to try it myself. After my first use, I was sold – with Oral-B iO, it’s now possible to get a professional cleaning feel at home, every day!
With the advancements in toothbrush technology, dental professionals like Dr. Diora Kashat are seeing a noticeable difference in their patients. “The improvements we are seeing are phenomenal,” she said, on our Zoom call, “there’s no bleeding or swelling of the gum tissue and better pocket-depths during cleanings!”
Dr. Kashat, owner of Detroit Dental Company, shared her top 3 at-home tips to wow your dentist at your next office visit.
3 tips to WOW your dentist at your next office visit
- Brush for 2 minutes twice per day. She stressed this was super important. You should spend 1 minute brushing your top teeth, and 1 minute brushing your bottom teeth. (30 seconds on each side)
- Brush with the right amount of pressure. You definitely don’t want to brush too hard, which can actually do more harm than good by damaging the tooth structure. You also want to be sure you’re not scrubbing as you brush. If using an electronic toothbrush, you should rest it gently on the gum-line, and slowly glide it along. If you’re brushing manually, same rule applies: don’t scrub. Instead, brush in circular motions right at the gum-line.
- Floss daily. This keeps the gum tissue healthy. Tooth decay and gum disease can develop when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth and along the gum line.
Dr. Kashat also added that including a fluoride in your routine is beneficial. She recommends an oral rinse like Act or Crest Gum Detoxify toothpaste, both of with include fluoride.
While chatting through these tips, I noticed the Oral-B iO basically does your homework for you! Dr. Kashat agreed, “Oral-B iO makes proper brushing fool-proof. You’re doing exactly what we want you to do, and you don’t even have to think about it! Just put the brush on your teeth!”
Let’s look at tip 1: brushing for 2 minutes twice daily, with 30 seconds per “quadrant” of your mouth (if you think about splitting 2 minutes between your top and bottom teeth, and then splitting that into 30 seconds for each side of your mouth). Oral-B iO has a timer to track each brushing sessions’ duration, so you know when you have brushed for the dentist-recommended two minutes. A fun smiley icon pops up on the display, when you achieve your goal (additionally, a sad face pops up if you’re a little too short!) Another cool feature is that the brush will pulsate every 30 seconds during the 2 minutes, so you know when to move on to the next quadrant.
Tip 2 is brushing with the correct amount of pressure. This toothbrush is the first of its kind to provide positive feedback when you are brushing with just the right amount of pressure. The sensor warns of overpressure with a red light and turns green when users are applying the optimal cleaning pressure. This can be adjusted if you choose the Intense Clean, Sensitive, or Super Sensitive mode in the settings. Dr. Kashat recommends the Daily Clean setting for users, unless they’re addressing a specific concern.
The coolest part? You can track your brushing habits by connecting to the Oral-B app using Bluetooth. The iO App provides real-time individual tracking and feedback thanks to an AI platform powered by thousands of recorded brushing sessions. With its simple and intuitive user interface, the AI Brushing Recognition technology recognizes where you are brushing and guides users to ensure 100% coverage to ensure a professional clean feel.
Oral-B is partnering with dental professionals across all 50 states to help identify patients who need iO most during this time. Dr. Kashat is gifting 5 toothbrushes to patients in her office. In the video below, we chat through the benefits of using iO and more details on Oral-B’s Force For Good Initiative.
The Oral-B iO electric toothbrush provides a deeper cleaning of teeth and gums, and allows users to easily and effectively maintain oral health like never before – from their own bathroom! It’s no surprise that Oral-B is the #1 dentist-recommended toothbrush brand worldwide, and is accepted by the American Dental Association.
Thank you to Oral-B for sponsoring this post.