8 steps to your new oral care routine in 2019 | Ensure your smile is always selfie ready.

The majority of us are going to have a set beauty routine in place already, but in the main, it's the skincare side of things we're concentrating on but forgetting about something equally on show for those all important selfies and equally as important - if not more important. 

If you don't cleanse & tone your skin what's the worst that will happen? Your skin may look tired, older or dehydrated. Don't look after your teeth properly? Staining, disease, total loss. It's not pretty! 

So it is super important to incorporate oral care into your beauty regime along with skincare every morning and evening and I am going to talk you through everything you should be considering,  from the very simple and obvious of brushing correctly to the more professional approaches like using an Oral Irrigator by Panasonic at home.


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1. BRUSHING 

I'm going to start with the most obvious one here but you should be brushing twice a day and brushing well! That means brushing for at least 2 minutes each time (set a timer or play a 2-minute song as you brush) and using the right technique - brushing at a 45 degree angle, using short circular motions. There is absolutely no need to go at it vigorously!!

The time of day you brush makes a huge difference too. You should brush last thing at night before you go to bed without fail. The other occasion can be anytime you like. 

You should also wait to brush after having acidic foods like citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, sweets and wine. This is because they temporarily soften the enamel of the teeth. If you immediately follow up with brushing, you could remove some of the enamel, making them more susceptible to decay over time. Therefore you are best to wait 30-60 minutes before brushing after acidic foods.

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2. TOOTHPASTE

Adults should use a toothpaste that contains at least 1,350 parts per million fluoride. 

This sounds kinda technical huh? Don't worry, your toothpaste should clearly indicate this number on the packaging with PPM (parts per million) after it. 

You might assume all toothpaste is going to include this minimum amount but you'd be wrong so it's definitely worth a little check of your favourite toothpaste next time you brush.

The worst culprit of this is the charcoal based toothpastes intended for tooth whitening. They contain NO fluoride! So whilst you can still use them if they work for you, you would need to follow up with a fluoride toothpaste afterwards.

Also remember to avoid swilling your mouth with water straight after brushing as this can wash away or dilute the fluoride on your teeth.

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3. TOOTHBRUSH

Choosing the right toothbrush is really important and I guarantee most people may be opting for the wrong type.

Your toothbrush should be small enough to reach into the crevices of your molars, where the food debris can hide after you eat and soft enough to not be abrasive and damaging over time. 

Think about an electric toothbrush - the heads are very small and soft because all of the work is done by the oscillation. 

But is an electric toothbrush a necessity? Absolutely not. Manual and electric are both equally as effective when used correctly so it just comes down to preference really. Some people just find it easier to clean thoroughly with an electric toothbrush.

Remember to replace you brush every two to three months, or as soon as the bristles start to fray if sooner and to rinse your toothbrush after use, but let it air dry to avoid harboring bacteria.

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4. FLOSSING

Brushing alone does not dislodge food wedged between your teeth so another aspect to your oral regime is essential. 

One of the options to help dislodge the food and remove plaque along the gum line is flossing. 

Like brushing, flossing should be done properly, daily. You should take around 18 inches of floss so you have a couple of inches to hold taught between your hands, slip the floss between the teeth and into the area between your teeth and gums, as far as it'll go, then floss with 8-10 strokes up and down to dislodge the food and plaque.

It's not the easiest thing to do and that is why many people just don't bother. It's awkward and sometimes painful. 

If that is you, then the next option may be a great alternative for you!

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5. ORAL IRRIGATOR

Oral irrigators are a great alternative to flossing and use a stream of pressurized, pulsating water to clean between the teeth and below the gum line in a much more gentle and professional way. 

It's much more gentle, but effective approach is particularly great for those with sensitive gums, orthodontic appliances, diabetes, dental implants, periodontal disease or are unable to tolerate flossing.

Adding an oral irrigator to your routine can be invaluable in the fight against gum disease. 

This Oral Irrigator by Panasonic comes highly recommended. 

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6. MOUTHWASH

Using mouthwash that contains fluoride can help prevent tooth decay but it is important not to use mouthwash straight after brushing your teeth which is a mistake lots of people make. For the same reason as not swilling your mouth with water after brushing, it washes away the concentrated fluoride in the toothpaste left on your teeth. 

You are much better to choose another time of day to add mouthwash into your routine, after lunch for instance. It is important to note, when considering what time of day to implement this as part of your regime, that you should not eat or drink for 30 minutes after using it.

Mouthwash is just another way to get into all those places that brushing and flossing can't reach and is a great addition to your oral care to get the most thorough clean, even when you're on the go.

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7. REGULAR CHECK-UPS

I think lots of people fall flat on this once adulthood and life takes over. Finding the time to fit in a check-up just seems like such a hassle and then with the added cost involved too, it's just easier to not bother!

However, regular check-ups with your dentist avoids leaving any problems untreated could become more difficult to treat in the future. It could also helps to prevent any problems with your teeth altogether.

And who doesn't love to get a good old scale and polish? It hurts like a bitch, but you can never get that super clean feeling it gives you at home, no matter what routine you have in place. Sometimes your just need a proper deep clean that only a dentist can do.

We find the time and money to go to salons for nails, lashes and tans so there's no excuse to not fit in a 6 monthly appointment with your dentist.

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8. EATING HABITS

There are a few simple things you can change in your eating habits that will make the world of difference to your smile.
  • Swish your mouth vigorously with water after every meal to immediately dislodge any food particles you can.
  • Avoid lingering over sugary drinks. Whilst you should limit the amount of sugary drink you have, if you are going to drink them, it is better to drink them all at once, rather than sipping it throughout the day. When you constantly expose your mouth to sugar, certain bacteria uses that sugar as a food source and metabolizes it into lactic acid. The lactic acid starts to dissolve the minerals in your teeth and that's how cavities are formed.
  • Quit or limit teeth staining drinks like tea and coffee and smoking. 
  • Eat natural teeth-whitening foods. Raw, coarse, fibrous foods like celery, cucumbers, apples, pears, carrots and lettuce, help scrub tooth surfaces and remove some of the plaque that has accumulated, which can make teeth appear yellow. Plus - they're healthy too, so great if you're on a diet!!
  • Quit the late night snacking. Brushing your teeth before bed is super important to clear your teeth of bacteria and food particles accumulated during the day because if they are left on your teeth for too long, they start to fuel the bacteria that feeds on it. If you start to snack late at night or in bed, after you've done your night-time brushing, you will undo all of the good work it did.
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Oral hygiene should be part of any system of body health and by following these simple hygiene steps, you can choose the best products, improve your technique and ensure you're doing everything in your power to keep your mouth cavity-free and your smile selfie ready.





*Disclosure - This post was written as part of a paid collaboration with Panasonic*

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