I have a six-year-old who doesn’t hold back when it comes to complaining about brushing his teeth. We’ve all been there, but fortunately most of us outgrow this phase and ultimately accept the fact that this is something we’re going to at least twice a day for the rest of our lives. As with most other daily tasks associated with personal maintenance, I love kicking the mundane up a notch with some sort of specialty item or device and oral care is no exception. I’ve been using a pulsating toothbrush (much to my husband’s annoyance) for years—but thanks to Foreo’s Issa, I’ve taken my brushing to a whole new high-tech level.
I jumped on the Foreo Luna face-cleansing bandwagon long before this Swedish import was carried at Sephora and virtually every high-end department store under the sun, and when they launched the Issa toothbrush I knew I HAD to have one. Unlike any electric toothbrush you’ve ever seen before, here are the highlights:
- It’s so cool-looking, there’s no need to stash it in a drawer
- It generates 11,000 pulses a minute to loosen plaque, tartar and any other nasty stuff that may be hiding between your teeth
- The entire brush is made of medical-grade silicone, so it won’t harbor bacteria. This material also attracts the “biofilm” that makes your teeth feel dirty so it’s more easily brushed away
- It’s flexible, so it’s impossible to brush too hard (and cause gum recession)
- The head is bigger than traditional toothbrushes so it can gently clean the gums
- It’s waterproof (for those who like to brush in the shower)
- It offers 8 intensities
- It helps you brush for the recommended 2 minutes, and pulses when it’s time to move on to the next area of your mouth
- IT ONLY NEEDS TO BE CHARGED TWICE A YEAR
- Since you only have to replace the brush head once a year (for $25), it totally saves you money in the long-run
To say I’m obsessed with this toothbrush is an understatement. And if you don’t already have one foot out the door (or one hand on your keyboard) to order it, the Issa Mini for kids might be even more enticing. This smaller version does everything it’s big sister/brother does, but adds an incredibly adorable smiley face feature that basically helps parents catch their kid lying about brushing. (GENIUS!) When they brush for the recommended two minutes, a happy face appears. If the toothbrush isn’t turned on for 12 hours, a sad face appears. If there’s no face, that means your kid didn’t brush long enough, so cue the threats about their teeth falling out. I mean…
As the saying goes, take care of your teeth and they’ll take care of you, so why not enjoy the process a bit more?