You might do it twice a day, but how much thought do you really put in to brushing your teeth? Probably not a lot. If it’s on special offer you might change up your choice of toothpaste or invest in an electric toothbrush, but aside from that our oral hygiene routines rarely change.
You brush, floss and rinse in the mornings and evenings. New research is calling into question the way we approach this three step routine though and proving that oral hygiene isn’t just essential for strong, health teeth either. Here is what you need to know:
Dentists and hygienists have advocated using a mouthwash after brushing our teeth for years, but some experts now suggest that it could be causing more harm than good. By using a mouthwash or rinsing with water you wash away the fluoride which helps to strengthen your teeth. In the evenings make sure brushing your teeth is the last thing you do before you go to bed and avoid eating or drinking anything afterwards. The result could reduce your tooth decay by up to 25%.
It’s not just about your teeth…
New research has also suggested that brushing your teeth twice a day can also help with other health concerns, including erectile dysfunction. Scientists at Jinan University in China discovered a link between gum disease (periodontal disease) and erectile dysfunction and found that men with gum disease are 2.85 times more likely to struggle to get an erection on average. The two are thought to be linked because they are caused by the same type of inflammation in the blood vessels.
Gum disease is very common, affecting between 50% and 80% of adults. Improving your oral hygiene is the obvious way to prevent and treat it, but taking Florassist Oral Hygiene will also offer some benefits.
Why bamboo brushes are on the rise…
Over the past couple of years, a lot of attention has been put on toothpaste due to the debate around microbeads and they’re impact on the environment. With a ban in place, we’re now turning our attention to the tools we use to clean our teeth. We go through 300 plastic toothbrushes on average in our lifetime and up to 80% of those end up in the ocean. Mintel predicted that Zero Waste would be the key trend of 2019 and the popularity of bamboo toothbrushes is inline with the growing demand for more environmentally friendly health and beauty products.
Impressively, Truthbrush’s brushes have castor oil bristles, which is one step further than a lot of bamboo toothbrushes that still use nylon bristles. With the emphasis on reducing plastic it’s likely that even cleaner options will be making their way into our bathrooms very soon.