Buzz the Plaque Away: How Do I Choose the Best Electric Toothbrushes?

October 4, 2015

That’s quite simple actually, because most of the best electric tooth brushes available in the market now are packed with almost the same features. This is evident from surveying several top electric toothbrushes review sites. Some electric toothbrushes will have rotating, vibrating or both features on the cleaning tips but basically what you’re looking for in a good electric toothbrush is:

How Long the Buzz Lasts: Durability

Here is a trick I’ve been using. Durability is indicated by the guarantee periods they offer on the product boxes. The longer it is, means they trust their product more and this is a good sign the electric toothbrushes might last a while. Of course it will still depend on how well you care for your toothbrush.

How Near Perfect is the Cleaning: Performance:

This is where it gets confusing and they are hitting you with crazy selling gimmicks like “sonic toothbrush” and how the electric toothbrush will “knock off plaque” like a ninja assassin using get this, “ultra sonic frequencies”, no scientific evidence backs that. However, it’s been proven that the higher the vibrating motions/pulses per minute, the better the overall performance hence this is the only major difference between high end electric tooth brushes and the cheap types. Tests have also indicated that with normal use, high end electric tooth brushes remove more plaque by 75%.
Tip: You can buy a $4 electric tooth brush with less features but works equally as good as a $200+ electric toothbrush.

How Easy is it to Use? Construction and Design:

The electric toothbrush should be lightweight above all else. It should be very easy to handle and use. No complications in turning on or off. If there are extra features then they should all be made user friendly. Some people are drawn to beautiful things and the electric toothbrush industry has done well to provide you with the widest range of style and class you are looking for. All these come in different colors and color combinations.

What else Can the Electric Toothbrush Do? Technology & Features:

As technology advances, more and more features have been included in the manufacture of electric toothbrushes. In addition to the regular On/Off button and buzzing vibrations, some electric toothbrushes like the Colgate ProClinical A1500 have pressure sensors and an LED screen to help you select through the 3 different brushing modes. A common feature with all expensive electric toothbrushes that I find a bit “useless” is the quadrant timer. This feature works by alerting you when you have cleaned each quadrant for 30 seconds. Some electric toothbrushes switch off automatically after the 2 minutes total time.

On the Down Side: Major Common Disadvantage:

They all seem to need a lot of time to get fully charged. Most of them range between 10 to nearly 20 hours of complete charging time!

General Tips on Dental Hygiene:

* Always choose a tip with soft to middle hardness
* It does not matter whether you are using the best of the best electric toothbrushes or just a regular toothbrush, you MUST brush your teeth well everyday to keep them clean and healthy. Learn how to reach those hidden places between your teeth then in-between your teeth and gums. Wiping out as much plaque as you can to stop build up is key.
* Remember to brush your tongue and palate.
* You will never know clean breath if you have a tooth with cavity, have it pulled off. The food trapped in there is hard to reach even with the most expensive electric toothbrush in the world, and when it stays there for a while it stinks! Hooray, you just made friends with halitosis.

5 Tips in Buying Hiking Boots

June 5, 2015

Love the great outdoors? Hiking boots are your best buddies. They are just what you need to make every hiking experience memorable, fun, and exciting. However, not wearing the right pair can dampen your mood and cause great discomfort and even pain. To avoid such scenario, you have to find the best hiking boots for you. Here are some tips on how to do just that.

Try before you buy

The most practical tip when it comes to buying hiking boots is finding the right size for you. In order to do that, you have to actually try on a pair before buying them. Try on some hiking boots late in the afternoon when your feet are at their biggest size. Wear the socks you usually have on when hiking too. Look for a snug yet comfortable fit. Bear in mind that your shoe size is not exactly a good indicator when buying hiking boots but trying them on to get the feel of the fit is.

Go for quality

Many individuals are very conscious about brands in buying hiking boots and for good reasons. Quality is the name of the game and more often than not, best quality hiking boots are made by trusted brands. That’s because they have a reputation to live up to. Just like with other shoes, you have to find boots of superior quality that can withstand the pressure and tests of all-day trekking, mud walking, and more. A low-quality pair from a not so popular manufacturer is an ingredient to disaster.

Know your style

Style is just one of the many things you need to consider when buying boots for hiking. They shouldn’t only be made of quality materials but suit your taste too. You can go for a mid- or high-cut model that easily flexes or has excellent ankle support depending on your load and where you intend to hike. Also, you have many designs and colors to choose from. Wearing hiking boots that you actually love make you feel good about yourself too.

Check the features

Hiking boots also have different features to suit all kinds of travellers. For instance, you can buy an expensive pair made of full-grain leather or its cheaper alternative made of split-grain leather. Other options include those made of synthetic materials like polyester or nylon. There are even boots free of animal ingredients or by products which are perfect for vegan hikers out there. Meanwhile, many boots are waterproof while there are insulated ones too which are ideal for hiking in cold weather.

Buy within your limits

It’s impractical to spend all your savings on a pair of expensive hiking boots so shop wisely by buying a pair you can really afford. There are many boots for hiking available in local stores near you and if you’re lucky you can buy a branded pair at a cheaper price. Meanwhile, you can check online stores for new and even used pairs at a reasonable price.

Investing on hiking boots that suit you best is one of the smartest decisions you can ever make. Follow the shopping tips mentioned above the next time you buy a new pair for your next hiking escapade.