Touch wood, I’ve never had a problem with my teeth. Of course, I take no credit for that; the healthy teeth gene came fairly and squarely from my mother, who to this day still has no fillings. But I’m pretty sure I don’t take care of my teeth as scrupulously as my mother has always done. What is it with each progressive generation, we just get lazier and lazier…but that’s a conversation for another time.
So one my of resolutions as the clock chimed twelve on New Years Day was to take better care of my teeth. And with that comes gums. My mother always said, bad foundations under a house means it will inevitably fall down, no matter how pretty the home. And so it is with the pearly whites. So in addition to giving them the respect and care they deserve, I resolved to give some TLC to the gums too. (The odd dull pain and bleeding gum last year may have spurred me 0n too – is that too much information?)
Oral-B Pro-Expert Premium Gum Protection Toothpaste looks after cavities, plaque, enamel, tartar, whitening and all the other bits we expect of a multi-tasking toothpaste, but it’s also been clinically proven to prevent and reduce gum problems in four weeks. Almost four months in and not a bleeding gum in sight and no dull pains that were creeping up on me.
Switching up to an electric toothbrush has definitely helped too; the teeth feel so different after literally one brushing. Again, Oral-B was the one I went for, the Tri-Zone 3000 to be exact. The battery life is great, it’s easy to reach to the back of the mouth and brushing my teeth is no longer a chore.
Daily flossing (which I’ll admit to being super lazy about before) is the icing on the cake (sugar free for healthy teeth, of course!) I gave up on the faff of using dental tape pretty quickly, opting instead for the easier to use dental flossers – essentially floss on a stick. My local chemist does them in bulk-buy packs of 50, which suits me fine.
If you’re thinking of stepping up your dental care, I’d definitely recommend the toothpaste and electric toothbrush I’m using – I’ve even converted Mr H!
And I thought I’d get some tips from my personal dentist for you:
– You should clean your mouth for two minutes – time yourself, it’s actually longer than you think. Think of it as a double cleanse, much as you would do your face. Brush every tooth surface once, and then go ahead and do the whole thing again.
– If you’ve gone electric, literally wiggle the brush over each tooth, one at a time to get the best effect – you don’t need to brush with it. If you’re still using regular toothbrush, make sure you’re brushing vertically, not horizontally.
– And last but not least…floss! Every day. One day, your teeth will thank you for it.
Job done…flash those gnashers with pride!
Oral-B TriZone 300, £100, here