During the month of April, Crest and Oral-B revealed the 2011 Crest and Oral-B Great Canadian Smile Survey with new insights on how Canadians perceive oral care, smile attractiveness and what it means to have a healthy smile.Coincidentally, it was during the month of April that we found out our oldest son had to have some serious dental work done, partly because of not taking good enough care of his back teeth. :( So, when Crest and Oral-B's PR agency contacted Glimpse regarding the possibility to try out some oral health products, the timing was exactly right. We were all operating on "increased awareness" of teeth cleaning. This included the necessary struggles to floss and brush correctly. I'm happy to report that the struggles have gotten less - fortunately, as a great big war at bed time EVERY night is not really conducive to a good rest.
Additional Survey Highlights:
- 33 % of survey respondents state that the smile is the most important factor when considering the attractiveness of others, followed by the eyes at 30 %. Physical fitness ranks a distant third at 18 %.
- More than half (58 %) of Canadians expect people to have white teeth.
- 32 % of Canadians believe they follow the dentist-recommended regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing, yet only 16 % reported that they actually do.
Recently, Crest and Oral-B released a new series of products for tweens: kids 8 and up. We haven't reached that stage yet, but I suppose this is when kids are not wanting help with brushing anymore, but aren't really enthusiastic about it either. The new "Pro-Health For Me" products are designed especially for kids, and are supposed to help motivate kids to take better care of their teeth. The new line includes brushes and floss (by Oral-B) and toothpaste and mouthwash (by Crest). There's something reassuring and trustworthy about brands that have been around since I was a kid, as well as being available around the world (I assume this means they meet the codes in various countries).
As for the toothpaste, it's a a bit gritty so for the first couple of times it feels kind of strange, but now that she's gotten used to it, she likes how clean her teeth feel when she's finished brushing. In fact, it makes her whole mouth feel clean and has a medium-strong, pleasant mint flavour.
I've been using the Oral-B Pulsar Pro-Health toothbrush, and I really like it. It's shaped so it easily gets behind the my top molars (a trouble spot for me). You use it like a regular toothbrush, but it has the added "pulsar" feature that is a nice addition for cleaning teeth. I'm not used to a powered toothbrush, but I think this one does a great job of keeping my teeth clean.
Oral-B also has a line of products for children (Oral-B Stages) including toothbrushes designed for various age groups, toothpaste and floss. These feature favourite Disney characters: Winnie the Pooh and friends, Princesses, Toy Story and Cars.