With National Smile Month (15th May- 15th June), fast approaching, it’s time to brush up on your routine to make sure that you’re taking the necessary steps to keep your oral health in tip-top condition.

Elaine Tilling, Head of Clinical Education at TePe UK shares her advice on how to best look after your oral health, so that you too can wear your biggest, brightest and best smile this National Smile Month. 

  • Brush for 2 minutes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste – Fluoride can greatly help dental health by strengthening the tooth enamel, making it more resistant to tooth decay

  • Many people don’t know that your toothbrush misses the spaces in between your teeth, leaving up to 40% of your tooth surfaces untouched. It is important to include interdental cleaning as part of your daily oral hygiene routine. For simple and effective interdental cleaning – try TePe Interdental Brushes

  • Keep some TePe EasyPick™ in your bag / pocket when on the go. TePe EasyPick™ is a flexible, hybrid interdental pick that is gentle on the gums and has a non-slip grip, so whether you’ve just finished lunch al desko, are enjoying a dinner date or are off to a job interview, don’t forget to TePe EasyPick™!

  • Protect your lips from the drying and sometimes damaging effects of the weather. Lips are an integral part of a good smile so make sure you take care of them with a lip balm. Even better if you apply a lip balm with an SPF to help prevent sun damage

  • If you are worried about bad breath, use a tongue cleaner to help remove plaque from the surface of your tongue, which can build up and cause bad breath. If it is your first time, avoid placing the tongue cleaner too far back. Begin cleaning from the tongue tip, slowly moving to the back of the tongue to ensure you don’t trigger your gag reflex.  Ask your dental hygienist to show you an effective comfortable technique if you are unsure

  • Chewing sugar free gum after meals is a great way to freshen the mouth and encourage saliva flow to protect the enamel – saliva is Mother Nature’s tooth repair solution!