Oral healthcare... Not something you tend to see on beauty blogs. Yet our teeth play such an important part in our appearance, and if we're not happy with our gnashers, it can affect our day to day lives massively. Luckily, I have never had any problems with my teeth. I've not felt the need to have braces fitted as they are quite straight and well fitted in my mouth, and they are reasonably white and stain free.
I have a naughy little secret to share with you though... at the grand old age of 23 I have only ever been to the dentist once and have no intention of returning! Shocking I know, but I feel that I look after my teeth well, and to be honest I just can't afford get regular check-ups. But if you can, you definitely should!
Anyway, here are some top tips for looking after your teeth and general oral health and hygeine:
Chuck your old toothbrush // You should get a new toothbrush, or change the head of your electric toothbrush. every 2-3 months Once you notice the bristles starting to go a bit flat, its time to chuck it! Not only will a new toothbrush clean your teeth better but you're also getting rid of the bacteria stuck in your old brush!
Clean your tongue! // I honestly don't know how anyone can say their mouth is clean without brushing their tongue! It's crazy. I always buy toothbrushes with the rubber tongue scraper on the back to do this! One of the main causes of bad breath is buildup of bacteria on your tongue. So get scraping!
Use the right toothpaste // I tend to have two toothpastes at any one time. The main toothpaste I use is Colgate Max White One Optic which combines clinically proven optic brighteners that reflect light, with unique cleaning particles that safely remove stains, making your teeth smooth, clean, and visibly whiter from the first brush! Continued use helps whiten your teeth further and keep them whiter for longer! I also have a small tube of Sensodyne Rapid Relief. As I do have a couple of fillings from my visit to the dentist (I never had sensitivity problems before this). I only suffer with sensitive teeth occasionally, but brushing with this soon sorts that out, and the relief can last all day!
Use baking soda for extra stain removal // Baking soda is well renowned for its stain removing properties, so why not use a dab on a wet toothbrush just once a week for a little extra whiteness booster! This can be especially handy if you're a smoker or drink lots of coffee, tea, red wine etc.
Wash and rinse // You wouldn't wash your hair and not rinse it out afterwards, would you? Well your mouth should be treated the same! Make sure to use a mouthwash after brushing your teeth. I use Dentyl Active Plaque Fighter which comes in a variety of delicious, fresh flavours including Fresh Clove and Smooth Mint! I particularly like the novelty of this mouthwash, you must shake to activate the two-phase formula, which when gargled in the mouth lifts bacteria and debris from the teeth and mouth surfaces and when you spit you can physically see the evidence that it's worked! There are also specialist mouthwashes like CB12 which are specifically designed to combat bad breath. Here is my full CB12 review
Don't forget to floss // Flossing your teeth regularly is super important to remove any bits of food which get stuck and brushing alone can't remove! I do try to floss my teeth every night before bed after brushing, so that anything I've eaten during the day doesn't stay between my teeth decay during the night.
Chew sugar-free gum // Chewing gum not only freshens your breath but it also helps remove bacteria from the surfaces of your mouth and teeth. It also increases saliva production which neutralises plaque acid and prevents mouth dryness. My personal favourite is Wrigleys Extra Cool Breeze Sugar Free Gum
Brush your teeth properly // When I was younger I always used to brush my teeth quite hard by scrubbing in an up and down motion. However you should brush gently in a circular motion to prevent damaging your teeth!
An apple a day keeps the doctor away // Switch "doctor" with "dentist" and that old saying actually does have a meaning! Apples can be used as a natural cleaning agent for your teeth! Try eating an apple at the end of your meal to clean away the remnants of your food.
What are your top tips for keeping your mouth healthy and your teeth clean?