We all want beautiful healthy teeth and gums, so we have put together a few must haves for your teeth including a charcoal whitening powder, an organic beech toothbrush, a mini LED whitening kit, and an aloe mouthwash, plus a few tips on how to keep your teeth white and gums healthy by leading London dentist Richard Marques.
Grounded, Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder, £19.99, from groundedbodyscrub.co.uk
Get that Hollywood smile with this flouride-free breath freshener that is made from 100% all-natural ingredients, working wonders with even the worst wine stains.
Georganics, Beech Toothbrush (medium bristles), priced from £4.40, available via georganics.com
Georganics specialise in natural, sustainable and ethical dental care, creating superb products promoting oral health. Made by hand, each formula includes locally sourced, pure, natural and organic ingredients that are kind to you, your teeth and the planet.
Billion Dollar Smile, LED Mini Light Kit, £39.99, from superdrug.com
The kit uses the power of LED light technology to accelerate the whitening process and shorten treatment time. The gentle gel formation effortlessly helps to remove stains and whiten teeth without damaging tooth enamel and uses natural extracts of aloe vera, pomegranate and chamomile.
Polished London, Aloewhite Mouthwash, £8.99, from polishedwhitening.com
This specially formulated Aloewhite has been designed using the finest naturally derived pure ingredients. It will help neutralize bad breath and oral bacteria. It also soothes and relieves soreness of the gums whilst leaving your mouth feeling naturally clean with a lush peppermint taste.
RICHARD MARQUES TOP 10 TIPS FOR HEALTHY TEETH & GUMS
1. Maintain a regular oral hygiene routine. Brush twice daily for two to three minutes in the morning and evening. Any more and you can wear the teeth away, any less the teeth and gums may suffer.
2. Visit your dentist every six months for a check-up, and your hygienist once a year, making sure they clean with protective fluoride to keep teeth in tip-top condition.
3. Don’t forget to floss! Make sure you’re cleaning between the teeth at least once a day with dental floss, interdental brushes or an electric air or water flosser. It’s not uncommon for gums to bleed a little when you do this, but if they bleed a lot it could be a sign of gum disease and you should see your dentist.
4. Rinse your mouth with an alcohol-free mouthwash to kill bacteria your toothbrush might miss. Use after brushing and whenever you need a quick freshen up.
5. Chew on some sugar-free gum for quick fix to freshen breath, just be careful not to use this in place of brushing or rinsing, as it won’t eliminate odour-causing bacteria.
6. Don’t forget about your tongue! Use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper daily to remove bacteria and food residue left behind, keeping your mouth clean and your breath fresh.
7. Take Co Enzyme Q10, a vital molecule that’s every dentists favourite for overall gum health. It’s very difficult to get enough of this from diet alone, so I recommend taking supplements to boost intake.
8. Avoid sugary food and drinks. Bacteria in the mouth feeds on sugar, turning it into acid that can lead to tooth decay, so it’s best to steer clear on things like sweets and fizzy drinks.
9. You are what you eat, so make sure your diet includes lots of greens like spinach and kale which are high in anti-oxidants, as well as vitamins including Vitamin K, which is an important nutrient for a healthy mouth.
10. Don’t ignore tooth pain or smaller issues with teeth or gums. Make an appointment to see your dentist at the first sign of a problem and avoid the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease or any other potential health issues.
For more expert advice or to make an appointment with Dr Richard Marques visit www.doctorrichardlondon.com or check out Do Good Dental.