May 14th 2018 to June 14th 2018 is National Smile Month, the UK’s largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health.
We all know that a good oral health routine includes brushing twice a day, cleaning between the teeth daily before bed, and making regular visits to the dentist. But sometimes that pesky thing called life gets in the way and we slip up, missing a brush here or a floss there. Luckily, there are products that can help amplify our oral health on-the-go, making for less stressful visits to the dentist or hygienist when we finally do get there.
A consistent oral hygiene routine is important, but a lot of people often ignore the signs of deteriorating dental health. Choosing the right products for your lifestyle and using them correctly can make your life easier while also giving you a glowing smile.
To perfect your smile for National Smile Month, here are my must-haves for an easy and efficient oral hygiene routine:
1. An electric toothbrush is the dream because it does all the work for you. Electric toothbrushes give a far more superior clean and effective plaque removal because there are more brush strokes per minute than you could ever generate yourself with a manual brush. I recommend Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes.
2. Chewing gum and mints aren’t just for freshening breath, it also has major oral health benefits - if you choose the right one. Sugar-free gum/mints increase salivary flow which can neutralise plaque acids, help remove food debris, strengthen teeth and reduce dry mouth. I suggest opting for chewing gums or mints with Xylitol as an ingredient as it can help fight tooth decay. Why not try Peppersmith who make both with a variety of flavours including mint, lemon and strawberry.
3. Cleaning between the teeth is an often overlooked yet a vital part of oral hygiene. It's important to clean in between teeth at least once a day as brushing only cleans 60-65% of the tooth surfaces. Plaque and food get trapped between the teeth and can cause gum disease and dental decay,
With busy lives, sometimes it's necessary to do this on the go. TePe Easy-Picks come in a small case and are so handy and easy to use anytime and anywhere. These little cleaners are stable, flexible, gentle on the gums and great for those who struggle with floss or aren't used to cleaning in between their teeth.
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