What do your mornings look like? We’re guessing that brushing your teeth is a non-negotiable and something you could probably do blindfolded. But if you thought that brushing your teeth alone is enough to maintain good oral hygiene - think again.
Oral hygiene matters. It’s not just about fresh breath… good oral hygiene is holistic. It prevents cavities, gum diseases, and mouth diseases. Your mouth is also one of the first places that show symptoms of other diseases, one of the reasons why a doctor asks to see your tongue when you go for a checkup! So brushing twice a day won’t cut it, especially with the kind of processed food we’re exposed to on a daily basis.
Some of the most common oral problems are bad breath, plaque formation and cavities, all of which can be managed better with a step-by-step oral care routine that goes beyond brushing.
The good thing is, there are dozens of products available in the market today that make the process smooth - and even enjoyable! Here are our dentist-approved recommendations.
1: An electric toothbrush.
Don’t think of an electric toothbrush as an extravagance. Or something that lazy people use! Electric toothbrushes actually do a much better job at cleaning your teeth, and they can last for years, making them a good investment.
They use vibrating motions to really scrub the surface and get plaque off, and they can reach where a manual toothbrush can’t. And, it offers an even and effective brushing experience for all your teeth.
This one from Perfora comes with a two-minute timer, so you can brush each quadrant of your mouth equally well.
2: A well-formulated toothpaste.
Most commercial toothpastes contain fluoride, a natural mineral that helps make your teeth stronger and protect against cavity-forming acids. But some studies today indicate that too much fluoride can have negative effects.
There are several toothpastes in the market that are fluoride-free, that contain ingredients like hydroxyapatite (which helps remineralise your teeth), and sodium bicarbonate (a substitute for hydrogen peroxide, to whiten teeth).
Perfora’s lemon mint toothpaste is a great choice, fortified with Vitamin C and E for protection against cavities.
3: A water flosser
We’ve all seen people aggressively flossing with string floss in Hollywood movies. And it does look a little painful. Allow us to introduce you to the water flosser. A water flosser is a battery operated device that emits water in a pressurised stream to clean deep between the teeth and the gumline - but gently. It also helps massage and stimulate your gums and helps get rid of plaque.
The Fang Oral Water Flosser is easy to use and ergonomically designed. Check it out!
4: A metal tongue cleaner
One part of your mouth that you might be ignoring is your tongue. And that’s not good! A lot of bacteria tends to build up on your tongue, which can lead to bad breath and poor oral health. Plus, dead cells and food debris can coat your tongue after you eat, which can clog your tastebuds. This is why it's important to add a tongue cleaner to your oral care routine.
Perfora’s copper tongue cleaner has a unique design making it easy to use, and is made from pure copper. Find it here!
5: A bottle of mouth spray/mouth foam
Fresh breath is always a good thing to have. And no, you don’t need to chew gum 24x7 or pop Polo to get it. A small bottle of mouth spray or tooth foam is a great way to freshen your breath and give you a little pick-me-up.
Salt Oral Care’s Manhattan Mouth Spray combats bad breath and any dryness you may experience in your mouth.
And Spicta’s tooth foam is a great on-the-go product that you can use to rinse your mouth. Simply shake the bottle, pump it into your mouth, rinse and spit out.
All products in this list have been tested and approved by Sosh Expert Dr Dharvi Gupta, BDS.
Browse Dr Dharvi’s personalised collection here.
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