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Top 10 tips for oral health from Dr Harold Katz, Dentist and Bacteriologist 

 

Brush up on your daily dental care

 

Flossing and brushing is just part of the daily morning and evening oral care routine for most people. Good oral hygiene and dental care habits promotes good overall health and not only that, ensures sweet smelling breath and limited trips to the dentist!  However, many do not realise there are proper brushing and flossing techniques (recommended by dentists) which can easily be overlooked, eventually leading to dental problems, or even the dreaded dentists' drill.  Here, US dentist and bacteriologist, and founder of The Breath Company, Dr Harold Katz helps us to understand the basics and gives us a few tips on what you can do to promote oral health.

Oral Health

  • Oral health begins with clean teeth and gums. As well as cleaning your teeth thoroughly to help prevent cavities, make sure you clean above the gum line (where your teeth meet your gums) to help prevent gum disease.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and brush for at least two minutes at a time. Too many people rush this process (through boredom and routine) and end up missing whole teeth, or surfaces such as the back of the teeth.

  • Use a good fluoride toothpaste (preferably without sulphate) such as Breath Company Fresh Breath Fluoride Toothpaste (£8.99). The detergents, foaming agents contained in most toothpastes can cause dry mouth (which leads to bad breath), and can even make mouth ulcers worse.

  • Brush with a decent toothbrush, and consider investing in an electric toothbrush as these can help to reduce the build-up of plaque better than a manual toothbrush. Plus many have timers so you know how long you should be brushing for.

  • Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle and gently brush with short back-and-forth motions. Remember to brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue as this can help keep the breath fresh.

  • Replace your toothbrush (or toothbrush head) every three to four months, or when the bristles start to fray. This helps to keep things clean and reduces the chances of harmful bacteria developing on the brush.

  • Flossing is one of the most important parts of oral health care as it gets right in between the teeth to clean those hard to reach areas. Neglecting to clean teeth interdentally can leave as much as 40 percent of the tooth surface untouched and exposed to bacteria.

  • Break off about half a metre of dental floss. Wind most of the floss around the middle finger on one hand, and the rest around the middle finger on the other hand. Grip the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.

  • When the floss reaches your gum line, curve it against one tooth and rub gently – this will help to dislodge any trapped food. Use the floss to gently rub the side of the tooth in an up-and-down motion.

Use a good mouth rinse to finish. Steer clear of alcohol-based mouthwashes as these can cause dry mouth, and just mask odours rather than killing off bacteria. Try The Breath Company Oral Rinse – Icy Mint and Mild Mint (£12.99), which effectively stops the bacteria that cause bad breath without using any harsh chemical ingredients, and because it doesn't contain alcohol, it doesn't burn or sting after use. Plus it works for 12 hours, so you wake up with sweet-smelling breath in the morning! Scientifically developed by the founder of The California Breath Clinics, dentist and internationally acclaimed 'Bad Breath Guru' Dr Harold Katz, and based on his own discovery that that bad breath does not always originate in the gut, The Breath Company's oral health care system is already the no.1 selling specialist breath care formula in the U.S. Originally created by Dr Katz to help his teenage daughter conquer her severe and chronic bad breath, The Breath Company oral health care system has been refined to be the most complete oral care system available, and is clinically proven to be effective at controlling the sulphur-producing bacteria that can cause embarrassing bad breath. 

flossing for oral health

 

The Breath Company range is available in Boots stores nationwide and online at www.boots.com, priced starting £8.99. The Breath Company Oral Rinse – Icy Mint and Mild Mint, are also available in Superdrug.