Five top tips for a dentist-approved toothcare regime
Thought brushing your teeth was as easy as that? You’d be surprised – did you know that over 30% of UK adults have some form of tooth decay? Taking care of your teeth is incredibly important in maintaining a healthy smile, strong teeth and resilient gums, but it takes a bit more thought and care than you might assume.
We launched our range of eco-friendly toothbrushes late last year, and we’ve had great feedback from you, our amazing customers, on how effective they are for you and for your families, so we wanted to give you some top tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of them.
Our toothbrushes (£2.90 for adults, £2.50 for children) are a welcome alternative to the ubiquitous plastic options available. They’re crafted from MOSO bamboo, which is panda-friendly and sustainable, and the feathered bristle tips are made from soft, BPA-free nylon that’s antibacterial, non-toxic and cruelty-free. Our ergonomic, easy-to-use brushes are compostable and eco-friendly, whilst delivering an effective clean – and you can even recycle them when you’re done!
We’ve spoken to Edinburgh dentists New Town Dental Care, who’ve given us their professional advice on building (and sticking to) an effective dental care regime, to make sure that your teeth and gums are well-looked after and strong for decades to come…
Make sure you know how to brush
A quick scrub at your pearly whites aren't enough to get those teeth properly clean, explains New Town Dental Care’s Dr Jonathan Hiscocks – it’s all about the technique if you want to make sure that your teeth are as clean as can be. “If you aren’t taking care to brush every surface of the tooth, you aren’t eradicating leftover food particles properly, and you’re leaving build-up behind, which can lead to plaque or tooth decay,” he tells us.
So, make sure that you’re working over the sides and tops of the teeth, and then hold the brush vertically to focus on the backs of teeth and ensure that there’s no plaque build-up and teeth are properly cleaned from all angles.
Use the right brush for your needs
“It’s not a case of ‘any brush will do’”, says Dr Jonathan. “Most adults require a small or medium sized toothbrush, which has a head and bristles small enough to reach into the crevices of your molars and to the very back teeth, where food debris can hide after you eat and build up plaque and decay.”
Brush often enough – twice a day for two minutes!
Dr Jonathan tells us, “Most people are religious about brushing twice a day and are very good at sticking to this routine. However, where lots of people fall down is that they don’t brush the teeth for long enough to have cleaned them effectively. You should be brushing for two minutes, twice a day. If you’re struggling to stick to the two-minute rule, brush for the duration of a song or set up a timer on your phone to make sure you stick to it – your teeth will thank you for it.”
We think that you should build your brushing into your cleansing routine, so that you never forget. Whenever you go to cleanse, brush!
Clean your brush after every use
As a company selling cleansing sponges, it’s probably no surprise to you that cleanliness is very important to us! And cleanliness is essential to good dental hygiene, according to Dr Jonathan. “It’s imperative that your toothbrush stays clean and hygienic, otherwise you risk transferring bacteria to the mouth. Don’t use brush covers as these can actually encourage new bacteria to breed. Instead, rinse your brush thoroughly after each use in hot water, and allow to air dry, far away from your toilet. Once a week, rinse the brush in antibacterial mouthwash to kill off any lingering germs.”
We agree – which is why we’ve made our bamboo toothbrushes from naturally antibacterial MOSO bamboo and nylon brushes, to help you keep your brush germ-free and fresh for every use.
Change your brush regularly
No, we’re not just saying it so that you feel the need to buy a new toothbrush from us a few times a year – dentists recommend it!
“This is a really important part of a healthy dental regime,” says Dr Jonathan. “Bristles deteriorate with usage and stop being so effective, meaning that your teeth aren’t getting as good a clean, plus bacteria can build up with use. Make a point of buying a new brush every three to four months – mark it in your calendar to make sure you commit to it, and try to keep spares in the bathroom so that you can switch to a fresh brush as soon as you notice your current one wearing.”
You heard the dentist – stock up on a few of our brushes next time you hit our shop and you’ll always be prepared with a fresh, healthy and gleaming smile!