We’re (mostly!) all in the habit of brushing twice a day but there’s this nagging awareness in the back of our minds … we know that there is actually way more to looking after our teeth than a quick brush.
Flossing, changing the toothbrush (or toothbrush head) regularly, regular visits to the dentists AND the hygienist oh and not to mention not consuming too many sugary foods and drinks… ARGH! So many things to remember. Add in that our nutrition actually supports the health of our teeth and gums and looking after your teeth can suddenly feel like a massive chore that you just don’t have time for.
I’ve just got back from my 6 monthly visit to the hygienist – yes I am one of those annoying people who actually manages to visit every 6 months these days – and I wanted to share with you my tips on putting your dental care on autopilot. Because honestly, if it ain’t easy, we don’t do it! Right?

4 steps to make oral health easy

1. Book your next dentist and hygienist appointments before you leave your current appointment. Do not walk out of that door if you don’t know when you’re coming back. If it’s in the diary, it’s way more likely to happen.

2. Sign up for a dental plan – tons of practices offer these plans now. I pay a small amount each month and get 2 dentists appts, 2 hygienist appts and a discount if ever I need work done on my teeth (I haven’t ever yet – phew!) If you’re paying for it, you’re way more likely to USE IT!!

3. Use the Subscribe and Save service from Amazon. My hygienist was amazed to hear about this one – we use the Sonicare toothbrush (amazing!) and I have the new heads set up to be delivered to us every 3 months. This means I don’t forget to change the head AND I get a discount. Win/Win!!

4. Supplement your fruit and vegetable intake with concentrated fruit and veg capsules. Plant nutrients reduce inflammation in the body which is really important for your gum health. Clinical studies show the capsules I promote positive results for people with chronic periodontitis and improvements in gingival bleeding and plaque. (Chapple 2011)

If you’d like to chat with me about supporting your teeth and gums with extra fruit and vegetable nutrition – let’s chat! You can book a phone call with me here or hit the Facebook messenger icon on the right of the screen to ping me a message in Facebook. I look forward to hearing from you.

Reference: Chapple ILC, Milward MR, Ling-Mountford N, Weston P, Carter K, Askey K, Dallal GE, De Spirt S, Sies H, Patel D, Matthews JB. Adjunctive daily supplementation with encapsulated fruit, vegetable and berry juice powder concentrates and clinical periodontal outcomes: a double-blind RCT. J Clin Periodontol 2012; 39: 62–72. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-051X.2011.01793.x
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