Tuesday, 14 May 2013

My Dental Care Routine

Recently I went to dentist for the first time in well over a year, so I would quite worried about what they were going to say about my teeth! Everytime I go there they tell me that I need to floss more .

Tooth Paste

My latest tooth paste that I have been using for both morning and evening, is some good old Baking Soda Toothpaste. Reading through beauty blogs and watch beauty videos, I had been seeing a lot of people using baking soda to make their teeth whiter. I told my mum about it and she said that baking soda tooth paste exists, which is better than just using baking soda.The last time she went to England, she picked up two different types of Baking Soda Toothpaste, "Advance White" and "Enamel Care". 

When I first started brushing my teeth with these only used the "Enamel Care" morning and evening for a week, because I thought that restoring the surface enamel on my teeth sounded quite nice! After that week I know switch it up by sometimes using "Advance White" in the morning and "Enamel Care" at night, or "Advance White" in the morning and "Enamel Care" at night!

I do see an obvious difference from past toothpaste I have used. The first is that my teeth feel healthier. I used to eat ice cream and my back teeth would hurt a little, but now their is virtually no pain. The second difference is mouth in general feels a lot nicer. My gums feel very healthy and refreshing mint taste stays in my mouth longer than usual. Lastly, I feel that my teeth look a lot whiter and stayed like that consistently, whereas other toothpaste whiteners ware off after a day. I have been using a combination of these two toothpastes for a while now and I am very happy with them.

Extra Cleaning

Flossing really gets into your gums and removes any dirt that shouldn't be there. When it comes down to flossing, I use "Oral-B Untrafloos". I like this on in particular because it is a lot softer than other dental floss's I have tried. Some are only plastic which I makes my gums very sore, but this ones a little lighter and works well for me. 

When I started flossing my gums would bleed a lot, and they would swell up and hurt. I would avoid doing it again because of the pain, so in the end hardly ever did it, but ever since my dentist said I really should start doing it more I've tried again. The first few times really hurt, but my dentist said the more you do it, the less it will bleed. Over time it has become a lot less painful and bleeds less. 

The first thing I do is take roughly 30cm of floss which is indicated on the floss itself. I then roll it around my pointing finger until 3cm or 4cm is free and use that little bit to floss my teeth. When that part of floss is getting old, I roll up another three or four centimetres and start using that part, and so on. I do this until i've gone into all of the teeth gaps in my mouth. I try to do it every day, but I usually do it ever other.

Tooth Picks:
An alternative to flossing in dental tooth picks. Unlike the flossing, they don't get into your gums, but they do push out bit of muck that have gotten stuck between your teeth. The ones I am using at the moment, are from Hema, which is the equivalent to Boots toothpicks. They work just as well as any other brand. The shape of the tooth pick is made so it fits perfectly between your gum and teeth.

When I started using them they hurt, just like the flossing! The only way they stop hurting is if you use them on a regular bases, so after a few weeks I didn't feel that much pain at all. Sometimes when I either push to hard or slightly in the wrong direction it bleeds because it cuts the gums, but usually this doesn't happen.

When I use these toothpicks I need two, one for the bottom teeth and one for the top. Both ends are the same shape, so when one end gets old I swap. I push into the gap between each tooth three times, which makes sure all the muck comes out. I do this to every single gap in my mouth. I feel like it does clean my teeth, because it gets into the areas where your toothbrush can not. 


  1. That’s great! Now the next time you visit your dentist, he or she won’t have to tell you that you need to floss more often, and they would surely notice the difference in your gums and teeth since you started using those products. Good job on preserving your pearly whites!

    Clyde Miller @ Smile Care Shop

  2. Hi Monica! I think it would also help if you avoid drinking or eating stuff that are known to stain the teeth. That, and visiting your dentist for regular cleaning might do the trick. Although it wouldn't hurt to try new products or even the DIY ones, it's always best to get some professional input first before doing so. Thanks for sharing!

    Felipe Roberson @ Philly Dentist