By now, I trust you’re well aware of the benefits of correct oral care – something we’ve all had instilled in us since childhood. The connection between oral health and overall health is a close one – your mouth, full of bacteria can be easily controlled by the body’s immune system, twice-daily brushing and flossing. It’s worth reinforcing now, that you should change your toothbrush every 3-4 months, and have dentist check-ups every 6-12 months.
To prevent dental issues, we must follow correct oral hygiene to prevent the build up of plaque – which is a soft white deposit which forms on teeth, made up of a mixture of; food, saliva and bacteria. If not regular removed (by brushing) it can cause tooth decay. Similarly with gum disease, but which can be avoided by regularly flossing away plaque – which can prevent a tartar build up too. It’s a good idea to avoid sugary drinks – which contain protective-enamel destroying acids. If you can’t avoid these, it helps to brush your teeth either just before eating, or an hour after.
Choose a toothbrush with medium-soft bristles, and apply a moderate amount of pressure. You may prefer an electric toothbrush, which may have a pressure monitor and a 2 minute counter for a complete brushing cycle. Mouthwash is useful, as an in intermediary solution, when brushing is not possible – but it’s best used before brushing to wash away any food, then followed up with a 2 minute brush, spitting the residue out but not rinsing with water – as this can wash away valuable fluoride (also found in mineral water), which is vital for strengthening tooth enamel.
Toothpastes are available in varying offerings, most of which are plain, boring and not a particularly pleasing experience. They’re just so-so. Well, as with anything in men’s grooming there are better alternatives, and toothpaste is no difference. Here are Three of the Best:
Marvis Mint Toothpaste
Ape to Gentleman’s favourite toothpaste brand; Marvis Mint, made in Florence, Italy is made using traditional methods to deliver a rich, creamy paste. There are 7 unique, and truly exotic flavours, ranging from Aquatic Mint to Jasmine Mint, and Whitening Mint. Fluoride rich, each help to prevent tooth decay, tartar, plaque build up and whiten teeth. Marvis Mint Toothpaste is a true pleasure to use, and a welcome addition to any man’s grooming routine.
£5.50/ 75ml from www.nivenandjoshua.com >
Weleda Salt Toothpaste
For those of you who like the bicarbonate of soda style toothpastes but require something a little more ‘tasty’. Weleda’s Salt Toothpaste contains natural sodium bicarbonate and is slightly alkaline to help neutralise harmful plaque acids. The fresh minty taste with essential oils, stimulates salivation to promote self-cleansing and reduce the formation of tartar. The formula is also fluoride-free.
£4.50/ 75ml from www.weleda.co.uk >
Oral-B Pro-Expert Deep Clean
If you can’t tear yourself away from the supermarket offerings, then Oral-B Pro-Expert Deep Clean is a sensible choice. The gritty, fluoride-rich formula contains active dissolving micro-particles, which dissolve on contact with liquid and act almost like an exfoliator for the mouth. It’s a good all-rounder toothpaste that tackles everything from cavities, plaque, tartar and weak enamel, whilst delivering a throughly deep clean.