“We all know we should be brushing our teeth, but what else should we consider when it comes to oral hygiene habits that nurture our mouth’s microbiome?”
Interdental cleaning, such as flossing or using TePe brushes, reaches the areas between your teeth that your toothbrush cannot, where plaque accumulates. Making this a daily ritual as part of your oral care will help support the health of your mouth’s microbiome.
Tongue scraping – your tongue’s surface is home to the bacteria that produce the VSCs that cause smelly breath. These ‘bad’ bacteria can also drive gum disease, so lifting the bacterial load on your tongue can not only benefit your oral health, but help banish bad breath and improve your sense of taste too!
Tongue scraping is also a great opportunity to get to know your tongue and your mouth. Self-checking your mouth will increase your awareness of any changes and improve prognosis of mouth cancer. 90% of mouth cancers are PREVENTABLE and having a healthy lifestyle is key to reducing your risk.
Cosmic Dealer’s Tongue Cleaner is my favourite. Not only is it made of anti microbial copper, but its sleek, stylish design is one to show off in your bathroom!
There are times when you may be out and about or on a long journey, when toothbrushing and mouthrinsing are difficult practices to carry out. This is where I love Luvbiotics probiotic lozenges for a bad breath booster and probiotic hit on-the-go. They also contain xylitol, a sweetener with proven benefits to the oral microbiome, including reduction in dental-decay causing bacteria. They make for a tasty, fresh way to finish a meal for a healthier, happier you!