Dr Kal shares his top five healthy hygiene habits for brides and groom
1. Buy a pressure sensitive toothbrush
Using an electric toothbrush with a pressure sensitive function is a must. Electric toothbrushes help to remove more plaque bacteria than a regular toothbrush, the key cause of gum bleeding, bad breath and staining. A pressure alert sensor will help to prevent harm caused by over brushing. My personal favorite would be Oral B IO.
2. Use interdental cleaning aids
Did you know a toothbrush only cleans three of the five surfaces of your teeth? To clean all tooth surfaces an interdental aid must be used, ideally twice daily. A silky floss can help glide between tightly placed teeth but an interdental brush is ideal for back teeth and bigger gaps. The key is to get a tight fitting brush to clean between teeth. My top tip is to add toothpaste on these bristles before you use them. My favourites are Oral B Pro-expert floss and Tepe Easypick.
3. Try a tongue cleaner
The tongue can be a large store of bacteria which can contribute to poor odour. Daily tongue cleansing is a good habit to maintain fresh breath and avoid a coated tongue.
4. Book your professional hygiene visit
Seeing a dental hygienist can make a huge impact to your oral health. Hygienists are equipped with advanced tools to blast through deep staining and remove hard tartar build up helping to brighten and freshen your smile.
5. Be mindful of your diet
We all know red wine, tea and coffee can lead to staining. But did you know that ‘no added sugar’ drinks can also be harmful? due to their erosive potential it can cause the enamel to weaken. Using a straw can reduce harmful damage and reduce staining. Also drinking cooler fluids is better than warmer, for reducing damage by erosion.