My friend gave me a new electric toothbrush as a gift. I don’t think my teeth look bad, and I already have an electric toothbrush so I guess she gave it to me because she got a few of them from her office where she is a dental hygienist.
I was reluctant to switch from the one I had. While I do love new, geeky technology I actually am resistant to switching when I am happy with the thing I have. If I didn’t have an electric toothbrush yet, I would have latched onto this right away. In fact, that is probably how I got the first one now that I think out it…she introduced me to the original electric one I’ve been using for years.
I opened the box, and looked at the brush, and couldn’t figure out why there are so many extra parts included. It turns out there is a timer you can stick to the wall, and a case that holds different brush heads, and a lid for the case that is holding all those extra heads.
I can’t imagine having 4 extra brush heads at any time, or needing to display them on my counter if I did have them. Is this something people actually do? The timer for the wall is cool, but then I wonder where I would put it. All these decisions to make and the brush started to feel like a commitment so I did what any good procrastinator would do and put it on the ledge beside my bathtub and let it sit there…just looking at me every day taunting me to make a decision:
a) use the brush
b) give it away
c) put it in the hall closet so I don’t have to keep looking at it
I didn’t do any of these…after all, I am good at the procrastination game…and 8 weeks went by. Today, I decided it was time to deal with this taunting toothbrush. I opened it up, read the instruction book, (yes, it is that complicated), and decided this could actually be fun.
The timer lets you pick regular or professional brushing (2 minutes or 3 minutes). I picked 2 since I am not a dentist and am unwilling to commit this much time twice a day to brushing. I don’t like having a timer telling me I failed after all. I next had to pick a 12 hour clock or a 24 hour clock. I went with the 24 hour clock. I’d hate to be brushing at 10 pm and suddenly be confused thinking that it was 10 am and I was late for work. At this point, I thought I was done but no…..there is a choice to have the timer count up or down. This must be a personal preference that says something about me although I don’t know what it is. I would always choose to ‘count down’ (2 minutes left of brushing, 100 push-ups left in martial arts class), but I know my son would always pick ‘count up’. I think if there is a ‘count up’ option, it always leaves room for adding more reps where a ‘count down’ leaves no doubt you are done when you get to zero.
The timer has two-sided tape and I put it on the wall. On the timer, it shows each QUADRANT of your mouth so you don’t cheat any little tooth. You must stay in each quadrant for 30 seconds. If you have to press stop for a few seconds (like when a kid is yelling MOM and can’t walk into the room to ask their most urgent question), the timer doesn’t start over but remembers your place when you press start again. How cool is that?
I started out thinking this new present was so gimmicky and silly and I wouldn’t use it. I am now a convert and excited to be the proud owner of this technology and an early adopter. (or has everyone else already used one of these?)
Whatever will I do if the batteries in my timer die? Will I end up brushing too long, or stopping too soon? Will I brush one side of my mouth more than the other? The horrors I will need to deal with if that happens. I am already becoming dependent on this little timer after just one day. I am fortunate to have a friend to expose me to this little piece of inspiration.
Did I mention it displays a little happy face when you reach your goal for that brushing session?