"Teeth are the new eyebrows," I once heard someone say. Which is just beautyspeak for: "Another body part to obsess over." So now everyone is addicted to teeth whitening, which gets weird when old people flash über-white teeth in a bid to reclaim their lost youth. Remember John Corbett in Sex and the City 2 with his tan and glowing Chiclet smile?
And while whitening looks healthy, it doesn't really do anything in terms of actual dental well-being. But that's understandable, given that vanity is a bigger motivator than health, right? Scare us all you want with "you must brush for your health!" imperatives. Talk about tartar and inflamed gums and gingivitis (a term we all know from countless tv commercials), and you won't get anywhere. But promise whiter teeth, fresher breath and a younger-looking you? Boom! Mass compliance.
So when Philips recently launched their Sonicare Airfloss ($99.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Bed Bath and Beyond), I was unmoved. I'm not a gadget person at all. And does flossing really require a machine? What's wrong with waxed string?
Well, apparently, only 10% of the population flosses, which is too nasty even to contemplate. The Airfloss is for the rest of you. The theory being, if flossing becomes easier, more people will get on board. Flossing is as important as brushing to remove plaque before it hardens into tartar, causing gingivitis (there's that toothy trifecta again). But consider this: flossing makes your breath immeasurably nicer. Meaning -- by extrapolation -- more smooching. Right? So perhaps the AirFloss is a makeout enabler. Nice.
The Airfloss looks reassuringly iPod-esque, all matte white and biomorphic. And it's easy to use. A quick click and it sprays micro-droplets of water between your teeth at a zippy 75 km/hr to blast away lingering bits of food. It works startlingly well. If you get really obsessed (and you will -- it's very addictive) you can fill the water reservoir with mouthwash to shoot minty jets of breath freshener between your teeth. That makes it even more fun
And in our never-ending quest to lighten the weight of our makeup bag, we pounced on these matchbox-sized packs of Lush Toothy Tabs ($3.95 for 40 tabs at lush.ca). Like toothpaste without the tube, they're little pills you gnaw on with your front teeth to pulverize them, and voilà -- yummy mouth-filling fizz. They're like edible bath bombs foaming away in your mouth. Then you just brush away like with conventional paste. But they taste nothing like standard-issue toothpaste.
Toothy Tabs are made of sodium bicarbonate flavoured with breath fresheners like lemon, ginger, fennel, black pepper and grapefruit (there are six unique flavours). Ultrablast uses wasabi, dried mint and sea salt along with mints (both pepper and spear). Best part? The wasabi -- no lie! actually gives you a little tingle.
Now go kiss someone.
Are you a gadget person? What's your take on the Toothy Tabs?