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The ultimate guide to good dental health


New research by The Oral Health Foundation has claimed that 4% of the UK’s working population have been forced to take time off work due to poor oral health in the last year, meaning Brits are missing a total of 1.2m days of work each year.

An initiative to encourage better oral health, National Smile Month 15th May – 15th June 2017, aims to get both the workforce and employers thinking about their dental health. Dr Richard Marques ‘King of Smiles’, celebrity dentist at Wimpole Street Dental, gives us some of his top tips for keeping in check of your oral health:

Top tips for brushing correctly:

• “Brush at least twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. Any more and you can wear the teeth away, any less the teeth and gums may suffer”
• “Spit out after brushing and do not rinse”
• “Clean daily between the teeth to below the gum line before brushing your teeth. For small spaces between teeth use dental floss and for larger spaces use interdental brushes”
• “Use either a manual or powered toothbrush. I recommend using an electric toothbrush as they stop you from brushing too hard because they do the movements and pressure for you!”
• “If using a manual brush use small circular motions at a 45-degree angle pointing towards the gum to ensure no tooth surfaces are missed”
• “Brush with a medium hardness of pressure: it’s really important not to brush too hard because this can wear your tooth enamel away or too gently as you won’t remove the plaque”

Tips for good flossing:

Interdental cleaning (cleaning between teeth) is imperative because approximately 40% of the tooth surface is between the teeth, so it is very important to stop decay.

Cleaning between the teeth is also important for periodontal (gum) health as plaque (bacteria) between the teeth can lead to gum inflammation (periodontitis) which can ultimately result in the tooth becoming mobile and consequently a loss of the tooth. Gum disease can also affect cardiovascular health, so it is important that this is kept under control.

When the gaps of the teeth are tight (or the teeth are overlapping and crowded) floss is the best method to remove the plaque (debris) between the teeth but flossing can be difficult where the gaps between the teeth are bigger, in which case interdental brushes or water flosser machines are better. Of course tooth brushing and visits to the dentist are also important but some form of interdental cleaning is necessary for the health of your teeth and gums.

The best products to keep on top of your oral health

Not only is brushing and flossing important for your dental health, it’s useful to have products to hand to keep your mouth healthy on the go. We at Healthizmo have had a look for some of the best products out there and developed this handy guide.




Swish combines natural ingredients which, when used together, react to form an intense and highly effective cleaning liquid that reaches even the tightest spaces brushes can’t, so it’s ideal for brace wearers too. The unique biologically active formulation helps prevent the build-up of harmful bacteria and plaque, and by increasing the pH levels in the mouth, it neutralises the acids that attack teeth and cause cavities.

The product is emptied on to the tongue, which quickly turns into a liquid within seconds. It’s handy as you can just pop it in your handbag and use it on the go without water. When swallowed, the powder also reaches the back of the throat to hit bad bacteria and keep breath fresher for longer.

BUY IT: SWISH TO GO is available from larger Boots stores and online from in three flavours: Cool Mint, Mint Fresh and Zesty Lemon



Rapid White Max Effect Dissolving Tooth Whitening Strips offer a brighter-looking smile in seven days with their non-peroxide formula.

The strips are clinically proven to whiten teeth by up to 4 shades in just 1 week, with 80% of the of the whitening occurring in only 3 days. There’s a healthy side to these strips too as they also help control plaque and freshen breath.

BUY IT: Rapid White Dissolving Tooth Whitening Strips are available from  from Boots stores and




There’s nothing worse than having a piece of food stuck in between your teeth after your lunch or dinner when you’re out and about. Not only is it embarrassing, it could also be detrimental to your oral health. TePe EasyPick toothpicks are designed to help users dislodge pieces of food and to help clean the 40 per cent of the tooth that regular tooth brushing misses.

These picks coming in a handy travel pack, so why not keep these in your bag?

BUY IT: You can find these little gadgets in Boots and Sainsbury’s




These sugar-free mints keep your teeth healthy in-between brushing, which are ideal to keep in your pocket. They are sweetened with 100% xylitol instead of sugar or aspartame, which is a naturally derived ingredient from beech trees and starchy vegetables and it has been proven to reduce the bacteria that can lead to plaque by up to 90% and also prevent damaging acid attacks.

Peppersmith contains no aspartame and no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, which is even better for you than sucking sugary mints. It is even accredited by the Oral Health Foundation to boot, so you know you’re getting a quality product.

BUY IT: You can pick these mints up, with the accompanying gum, in Waitrose, Sainsbury’s Local, WH Smith, Holland & Barrett



The holy grail of breath products – developed by leading bad breath expert Dr Harold Katz, The Breath Co has a range of products designed to keep halitosis at bay. Their Dry Mouth Rinse is the world’s first dry mouth rinse to contain natural flower derivatives and moisturisers.

If left untreated, dry mouth can create difficulties with tasting, chewing, swallowing and speaking, and can increase the chance of developing dental decay because saliva helps keep harmful germs that cause cavities and other oral infections in check.

Also available is chewing gum, toothpaste, and lozenges, all developed to instantly get rid of bad breath.

BUY IT: You can pick up The Breath Co products at and Boots stores nationwide




For those who suffer with bruxism (teeth grinding), a dental guard can be an easy and affordable way to help.This is a more affordable way to tackle the problem at home, before you can see your dentist. A dental guard will help to reduce the forces of teeth grinding while you are asleep.

What is bruxism?

You might have heard of ‘The Singing Dentist’ Dr Milad Shadrooh, known for his highly amusing covers of pop songs, which usually involve some kind of toothy joke. As part of DenTek’s #TeethTalk campaign, he explains exactly what bruxism is and how it can affect your oral health. Watch the video below:

BUY IT: You can buy a DenTek dental guard on or in Boots stores nationwide.

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