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Top 5 neccessities that are a must in your household!

While being a student living in an apartment on a college campus I realized there are certain things are a must have. I live on a budget, but it is still nice to find quality products to make sure hygienically you are healthy and making sure you are eating well too! While trying to maintain being a full-time student and affording school, supplies, external bills and day to day life needs I wanted to use the most effective and cost-effective products. 

 

  • Dr. Plotka’s Toothbrush –

 Dr. Plotka’s Toothbrush is not only affordable for college students, but you get a whole extra month than a normal toothbrush. With the floss-like, anti-microbial, silver infused bristles, this brush allows for the duration of the brush to last longer. 99.9% of the bacteria is eliminated after only 6 hours of using the brush and it feels like you are using a new brush EVERY SINGLE TIME! Oh, and did I mention they come in cool colors! Click here to see what color you like!

 

  • Aloe and Honey –

These 2 products can be found in your kitchen. If not, you can purchase them at a local drug store. I need to do a face mask to make sure my face is cleansed inside and out. The aloe is great for tackling the inflammation around acne and redness and the honey is great for handling the acne and getting rid of blemishes. Self-care is very vital, and I cannot afford hundreds of dollars’ worth of facial products, but I still deserve to treat my face just as effectively. This is a great affordable fast mask that will last you a very long time!

 

  • Water filter pitcher –

I love to drink water all day, every day! BUT buying cases of bottled water can be super expensive, especially if you drink water a lot! Investing in a water filter pitcher is a great way to get a bang for your buck! The filter can last up to 3 months and some beyond that. I got my pitcher from Walmart for as low as $10! Just fill as you go and no need to carry those heavy water cases up and down the stairs anymore.

 

  • African Black Soap –

African black soap is not the cheapest of all soaps, I'll admit, but it is still affordable. I use the Shea Moisture brand, but there are so many other brands out there and even more natural African black soap. The soap helps exfoliate and tackle body acne and eczema. I like how my body does not feel dry after using it and the infused cocoa butter moisturizes your skin after using it.

 

  • PASTA! –

I know this sounds crazy and you are thinking “what are you talking about?!” BUT listen... pasta is such a versatile food. When you are on a budget pasta is your best friend! There is even gluten-free pasta too! Pasta can be made hot like spaghetti and your favorite red sauce or cold like your favorite pasta salad. One of my favorite quick and affordable pasta dish is Penne and Vodka Sauce and it cost me under $7. I even have left overs.

When should you change your Toothbrush?

Did you know that most Americans only switch to a new toothbrush once or twice a year? When in fact, the ADA (American Dental Association) recommends to replace your toothbrush (or brush head if you use an electric one) every 3 months.

Indeed, many dental professionals will confirm that time frame as well: 3 months sounds like the proper time to get yourself a new brush. So… Say good bye to that baby and pamper yourself with a brand new shiny one :)

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A common mistake is to think you need to change your toothbrush because of germ build-up. In reality, it is more because of the wear of the bristles: each brushing will break down the bristles a bit more and they will slowly (but surely!) lose their effectiveness in getting to all those tricky corners around your teeth. And no matter what type of toothbrush you are using, they will eventually become frayed and won’t break the plaque and get in places where cavities form, or underneath the gum line as good as they used to, or at least are supposed to.

Thus, worn bristles will NOT clean your teeth and gums properly.

Clinical researches have shown that a new toothbrush can remove more plaque than one that's worn out. So go for that new friend to ensure a healthy smile!

Note: Pay attention to how your bristles look: If they seem tired before 3 months, it most likely means you are brushing too hard. Release the pressure you are applying on your teeth and gums that could cause enamel damage and gum recession.  Yes, it depends on the brusher and not the toothbrush. If you have a heavy hand, the bristles might wear out sooner. Remember that the key determinant is not the calendar but the shape the bristles are in. You need to replace your toothbrush when the bristles spew in different directions, AND you need to be GENTLE. We don’t say it enough…

But what if I got sick before the 3-month mark? After illness, it is recommended to throw away your toothbrush and replace it.

Yes. While a toothbrush like the Mouth Watchers Antimicrobial Toothbrush feature antimicrobial bristle protection* to help keep brush bristles clean between brushing after only 6 hours, these bristles do not kill bacteria in the mouth, protect you against disease or prevent you from getting sick. So we still recommend being diligent and changing your brush regularly for optimum hygiene. So remember, after a cold, flu, a mouth infection, a sore throat or any other oral discomfort, just get in the habit to change your toothbrush.

Little trick for you: I like to time the change of my toothbrush the first day of every season. How easy…

Parental advice: You may want to replace your children’s toothbrush more frequently.  This cute video from Aquafresh explains children why.

Alright, so you get the picture: switch to a new toothbrush if you want that killer smile to last forever and ever and ever…