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Everything You Need To Know About Oral Hygiene

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Homework provided the author with a good opportunity to review his dental hygiene routine

The pandemic has taken us to really dark spaces, mentally, but also physically, as we have found corners of our house that we were too busy to notice earlier and now find ourselves cleaning regularly. For my part, I found parts of my wardrobe so far unexplored, containing artefacts that made me question the need for formality, the authority of big brands and my taste for fashion. But as much as I liked looking sloppy on the outside, I’ve never been more aware of cleaning the inside. No, this is not my attempt to be spiritual. I am talking about personal care. While the chief on the self-care radar was skin, a close second would be my teeth.

I belong to the camp that knows you have to brush your teeth for two minutes, and if you ask me in public I will shamelessly lie about that too but in reality I rarely spend so much time on my pearly whites. Lately, I have made an effort to verify what exists. And what I saw left me intrigued by dental hygiene. In addition, I found a host of new things which not only allowed me to brush my teeth for 120 seconds, but also persuaded me to try different types of toothpastes, natural mouthwashes and more. ‘get this, oil extraction. Here are a few tips.

TOOTHBRUSH: I have always used the Oral-B Pulsar, a hybrid between a regular toothbrush and an electric toothbrush, picking them up on my trips abroad. It works with a battery, but is not as high frequency as the new ones. This time I had the Realme Sonic, which boasts 34,000 supernatural vibrations per minute. I tried to figure out this figure, but failed. All I can say is it was stinging to the point of tickling the first time I used it. Then I got used to it. The brush charges wirelessly and has a battery that lasts for months with two-minute brushing twice a day. It has a built-in memory function to start on the same chosen mode every time and it also has a two minute timer. Overall, I brush better.

TOOTHPASTE: I have always hated Indian pasta for their use of sugar and lack of fluoride; now some may argue that fluoride is completely preventable, and maybe it is, but until it’s ingested i think i will risk it, or some of it. Toothpastes made by multinationals always left me feeling fresh, especially a few hours later. Happy to say that today we have a lot of local and smaller brands doing a much finer job. Only problem – they are a more expensive shade. But if you can stretch your daily budget, go for Arata toothpaste (which is packaged like a face cream and yes, that mistake was made) or Herbostra, which looks more ‘ordinary’. , and both proudly claim to be fluoride. and without triclosan. With a mildly abrasive feel that gives teeth a deep clean, both boast ingredients found in nature, and the taste reflects this too (Herbostra tastes a lot of jeera (cumin) so oddly has a zing masala) but most importantly. , they’re both great at suppressing bad breath for a good few hours.

MOUTHWASH: Dentist friends have always told me to avoid them – if you have constant bad breath you need a ‘chair’ appointment. But if you have to see if you can find Crest, otherwise good old Listerine works great, both are ADA accepted which is the gold standard for dental products. Do not gargle with them too long for fear of burning your palate into complete numbness. Also, don’t drink anything tangy right after, especially orange juice.

OIL DRAW: This is something I discovered many years ago, and I immediately laughed at him for the “primitivity” he seems to emanate. Gargle with the oil to feel fresh. What will they think about next? Coffee beans to whiten teeth? Well I tried it again, and within two days I was convinced it works. In fact, I suspect it even improved my overall gastric health. I normally use coconut oil and it definitely takes some getting used to – five minutes, and your body starts the gag reflex. The Herbostra version is labeled as a mouthwash, but they suggest you do it for 10 minutes. It’s a pretty tasty mix in what appears to be a base of sesame and clove oil, certainly tastes like herbs, but in a very appetizing way.

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