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How to Build Better Habits for Oral Health

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How to Build Better Habits for Oral Health

Sometimes you have to go back to basics, so we’ve put together a guide on how to build better habits for oral health. Whether you need to floss more regularly, make regular appointments with your dentist, or keep a schedule for daily brushing, we’ve got some handy tips and tricks to keep you on course to making a better routine a daily habit.

Set your goal(s), and set them up

Consider what it is about your oral care routine that you wish to improve, or what your dentist may have recommended you do. Do you need to improve the way you brush your teeth? Do you floss at least once a day? Are you drinking enough water? Do you get the correct amount of vitamins and minerals via food or supplements? Whatever your goals, the first action is to acknowledge them and then make the first steps to achieving them. Buy a new toothbrush, dental floss, or any other supplies you will need to make this crucial initial step.

Train your brain

The aim of establishing any good habit is to train your brain into making the new routine normal. There’s no magic number for making a new habit, despite many reports of it taking 21 to 66 days respectively. In order to do this, it may be worth setting reminders on your phone, or use an app to keep track of your habits. Other tricks include setting up everything you need before you need it – keeping floss and supplements where you will actually use them will give you less of a reason to break your new routine.

Keep going and reflect

Setting up reminders to occur daily, then weekly, then monthly can be a great way to keep yourself in check. Eventually,you shouldn’t need the reminders as your new habit becomes daily routine. If you are using reminders, set one up for yourself on a distant date to congratulate yourself on your progress!

Toothpaste Adverts Through the Decades

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We’ve been making ourselves smile with these toothpaste adverts through the decades. While the science of brushing your teeth may not have changed much over the years, the various ways that it has been advertised are fascinating and sometimes hilarious to watch. We’ve selected some of the most interesting from the 1940’s to the 1990’s.

1940’s

“You’ll wonder where the yellow went / When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent” is the effortlessly catchy hook in this animated advert from 1948.

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Unusual Uses for Toothpaste

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There are some surprising and unusual uses for toothpaste beyond brushing your teeth with it. From small household jobs to skincare, we’ve found some of the best ways to make the most of your toothpaste.

Household

Polishing – Toothpaste isn’t just for polishing your teeth, it can be used to polish silver and give diamonds a new shine. For silverware, massage non-abrasive toothpaste onto the item, leave overnight, then gently wipe clean in the morning. Diamonds can be scrubbed gently with the paste, a toothbrush, and water. Fine silvers and perals should not be cleaned with this method, as it will damage their finish.

Bathroom cleaning – Toothpaste is excellent for cleaning chrome and removing scum from shower doors. Simply squeeze some non-abrasive toothpaste onto a sponge or soft cloth and wipe the desired area. For awkward stains, leave the toothpaste on for a short while before wiping it off.

Clean Shoes – Toothpaste can remove marks and scuff from leather shoes with a quick wipe with a damp cloth. The rubber part of trainers can be re-whitened with any non-gel toothpaste using the same method. Use an old toothbrush if you need to get into the ridges.

Stain Remover – Depending on the fabric and what caused the stain, toothpaste can work like magic, especially against lipstick, ink and grass stains. Scrub a non-gel toothpaste onto the stain with an old, clean toothbrush, rinse and repeat as necessary. Bear in mind that whitening toothpaste can bleach coloured fabric. Continue reading

How to Brush Your Teeth Correctly

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Knowing how to brush your teeth correctly is an important way to protect your dental health. We can all be guilty of being a bit lazy or letting good habits slide, so it’s worth refreshing yourself on best practice for caring for you teeth.

1. Mix it Up

Most people brush their teeth in exactly the same way, starting and finishing in the same spots. A bit of awareness of your habits can lead to a better cleaning routine. Remember- the whole point of brushing your teeth is to make sure all your teeth get a through cleaning. Starting in a different part of your mouth or even brushing with your least-dominant hand can give you fresh perspective and a fresher smile.

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What to Avoid if you Have Sensitive Teeth

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Knowing what to avoid if you have sensitive teeth (clinically known as dentine hypersensitivity) is one of the best ways to avoiding oral pain and discomfort.

Sensitive teeth are a common occurrence, affecting a large number of people at some point in their lives. The symptoms can come and go, but there are many things you can do to prevent or ease the pain and avoid further corrosion.

Grinding Your Teeth

Most people grind their teeth in their sleep, often waking with a headache, earache and a sore jaw. Another knock-on effect of grinding teeth is wearing down the teeth and their enamel, which leads to increased risk of sensitivity.

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