We’ve covered the importance of Oral Health, but do we always give our oral hygiene the attention it deserves? If our breath isn’t as fresh as we’d like it, or our teeth as white, it might make us feel self-conscious, uncomfortable and unwilling to give a winning smile to anyone. And in business, a genuine smile can have the power to make or break a working relationship. If people can hear you smiling over the phone and it changes their demeanor towards you, imagine what it can do when they can see it. To keep your teeth and mouth in tiptop shape, these are the products we recommend.
Pearl Drops Specialist White Charcoal Innovation Toothpaste
It’s purple colour leaves your mouth looking bright blue until you rinse it out. Fear not, you’re not turning into an Avatar — it’s the activated charcoal doing it’s job. Gentler on the teeth than most traditional whitening toothpastes, it delivers amazing results from the first application.
Specialist White Charcoal Innovation Toothpaste, £6.99 PEARL DROPS at boots.com
Sensodyne Rapid Relief Toothpaste
This offers – as the name says – (really) effective rapid relief from pain and teeth sensitivity from the first use, a must-have if you, like me, tend to feel every sip of your coffee from your teeth all the way into your brain…
Rapid Relief Toothpaste, £4.49 SENSODYNE at superdrug.com
Dentek Triple Clean Floss Picks
Flossing after eating is crucial to help prevent plaque build up and other gum disease. These floss picks act as tongue cleaner and gum stimulator also, to help maintain healthy gums and a fresh breath. So easy to use, it doesn’t sag like regular floss is prone to. Go get rid of those seeds from that Lemon Poppy seed muffin you just had for breakfast…
Triple Clean Floss Picks 90 Pack, £5. 50DENTEK at waitrose.com
White Glo Flexible Dental Flosser Toothpicks
The tiny little brushes are perfect to clean away any food debris from between your teeth after your meals. Best yet, the Pocket Size pack, which you can take with you to work for that all important clean after lunch and before your afternoon meeting. No one wants to have that spinach between their teeth before their big presentation.
Flexible Dental Flosser Toothpicks, £2.99 WHITE GLO at superdrug.com
LISTERINE Daily Total Care Zero Mouthwash
Used once or twice daily for 30 seconds it helps prevent plaque, gum disease, cavities, tartar, fights germs and maintains a fresh breath. Don’t dismiss the power of the swish! Absolutely helps with keeping a fresher breath and healthier mouth. And being alcohol-free, it’s gentle and doesn’t sting!
Total Care Zero Mouthwash — Smooth Mint, £4.30 LISTERINE at superdrug.com
Corsodyl Treatment Alcohol Free Mouthwash
For use only in specific instances and preferably after dentist recommendation, you can use it daily in place of your usual mouthwash for up to a month, or as an additional preventative measure against gum disease, once or twice a week. Works a treat on mouth ulcers!
Alcohol Free 0.2% Mouthwash, £4.99 CORSODYL at llyodsphramacy.com
The Breath Co. Healthy Gums Oral Rinse
For a literal breath of fresh air. This helps fight the causes of bad breath whilst keeping your gums healthy. A vegan, kosher, alcohol and gluten free option to traditional mouthwashes, it is recommended to gargle as well as swish, as much as 2 caps twice a day, – although studies have found that using mouthwash too often can be prejudicial rather than beneficial – personally I find that a gargle a day will keep the Dragon breath away.
Healthy Gums Oral Rinse, £14.00 THE BREATH CO. at boots.com
Smile Lab Flash Advanced Teeth Whitening Strips
We’ve all been warned about the maladies of whitening products and what can happen to our teeth if we over use them. These beauties are for occasional use, rather than daily ritual. Although waiting around for 20 minutes for them to take effect might not always be practical – I’d say these are best left for right before that big photo opp or that oh so important business do – by all that is bright, try not to fall asleep while wearing them! You do not want to swallow one of them, or worse yet, end up like Ross and blind the neighbourhood with your pearly whites.
Flash Advanced Teeth Whitening Strips, £21.33 SMILE LAB at boots.com
(Our suggestions are based on personal experience only and we strongly recommend you speak to your dentist before trying any new products or making changes to your oral healthcare routine).