Getting squeaky clean

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

No one likes going to the dentist, but it’s something we have to do. We all know how great that feeling is when we step out of the dentist torture chair and our teeth feel smooth, look shiny and are sparkly clean. Sadly, it doesn’t last very long. So until your next trip to the dentist, try some of these products that can help keep your mouth (and you) on track till then.

Get squeaky clean teeth

Brush brush brush

Brushing your teeth twice daily should come as natural as washing your face. If you’re thinking of upgrading to an electric toothbrush, go for one that oscillates and pulsates, not just vibrates. They reach those hard-to-get places and remove plaque more effectively, improving your overall oral hygiene. Try, the Oral B Professional Care 500 electric toothbrush, R499.

Toothpaste

You can’t brush your teeth (properly) without slapping on some paste. Choose a toothpaste that will suit your needs – whether it’s for sensitive teeth, to help whiten them toofies or for fresher breath, the options are nearly endless. Try, White Glo 2 in 1 Toothpaste (125ml with free brush pack), R39.99 or Beverly Hills Formula Sensitive, R39.99.

Feeling flossy

Usually made from nylon or teflon, this thin floss helps you get in between those tight spaces your toothbrush might not be able to. If you find this kind of floss keeps getting stuck between your teeth, try using a waxy version. We recommend Eco Dent Mint 100 Yards Dental Floss from Harmless House, R75.

Interdental brush handle

If floss is just not for you, invest in an interdental brush handles. They work like floss by helping you reach those tricky spaces between teeth. They also help remove traces of plaque and food debris to stimulate blood circulation to your gums. These are often disposable, so when the brush head becomes worn you should replace it. These are great for people who have braces or a bridge for after brushing. Try Clicks’ Interdental Brush Handle (with three brush heads) R29.99.

The freshest breath

Using an oral mouthwash will not only freshen your breath but also help to strengthen and whiten teeth – they kill bacteria that cause gum disease. Try rinsing your mouth with one after brushing your teeth. We recommend Retardex Oral Rinse 250ml, R59.99.

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Zoe has a bachelor’s degree in motion picture medium. She loves all things beauty and fashion. When she is not writing articles for the latest issue of Clicks Club Card magazine or BeautySouthAfrica.com, she is obsessed with gel nails, lengthening mascaras and healthy glowing skin! Zoe on Google+

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  1. diamond

    Want to try the beverly hills formula

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    Never tried white Glo toothpaste , would give it a try.

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpbutterfly

    Going out today to buy the white glo to see if it works.

    6 years ago •

  1. Vuvoo

    White glow toothpaste it is, almost spent R3000 at the dentist

    6 years ago •

  1. wyona

    Will do for sure, because i hate going to the dentist, i dread everytime i have to go will look after my teeth properly from now on thanks for the article.

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    cant live without my electric tooth brush and really scared of the dentist even more than a doctor

    6 years ago •

  1. CarolynMcM

    I was at the dentist last week and my dentist told me that I have to change my toothpaste brand. After reading all the reviews it looks like I’m going to give White Glo a try. Going to look into the Oral B Professional Care 500 electric toothbrush as well. Thanks for the great article!

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Most important – Floss!!

    6 years ago •

  1. mey

    wow! sounds awesome … i am hitting the shops this weekend, its time to get that Hollywood smile

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    I always floss, it’s such a good habit to have!

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Iwill try the White Glo 2 in 1 next time.

    6 years ago •

  1. kunene

    i have not flossed in a long time, will have to start now.

    6 years ago •

  1. kunene

    white glo toothpaste really works, my sister uses it and within a month there was a notable difference, she was a smoker so the change was very apparent.

    6 years ago •

  1. Botes

    I have not tried the Beverly hills formula, oral hygiene is very important!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Le Noir Pearl

    White glo toothpaste works plus they come with a free toothbrush I have 6 toothbrushes already

    6 years ago •

  1. Sagree Moodley

    Oral hygiene…starts completes you.
    Great article

    6 years ago •

  1. Guccigirl

    I absolutely LOVE my Oral B Professional Care 500! There has been a huge improvement in my teeth since I started using it. Hubby also loves his.
    I am very curious about the interdental brush handle and am going to pick some up next time I visit Clicks.
    Oral B sells a product in Australia that I would love to see here. They’re little gloves that fit over your finger and are gently rubbed over your teeth. Great for a quick freshening up during the day.

    6 years ago •

  1. Crystal

    hate the dentist, but love my teeth tooooo much – great advise

    6 years ago •

  1. Clarad

    Eco-dent & Olgani offer a great natural alternative. I’ve been using them and can only recommend :)

    6 years ago •

  1. julandism

    Great article, I will be trying the White Glo 2 in 1 toothpaste!

    6 years ago •

  1. Zu

    Nice article.. Great reminder for everyone!

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    A bright white smile is an instant facelifter! Great recommendation. I will buy the White Glo 2 in 1 toothpaste!!

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Thanks very formative, will try the retar Dex mouth wash, the ones I have been using they are too strong and I always get sensitive teeth afterwards.

    6 years ago •

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