Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Deep Clean Floss ($6.50)
Floss with this 2mm micro-textured and shred-resistant tape, which is naturally waxed and designed for easy manoeuvring in the tight spaces between teeth and gums. If you find flossing a hassle, the mint flavour provides a cooling sensation that might just convince you to go through with it.
EXPERT TIP: “Floss before brushing,” advises Dr David Kim, an assistant professor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Not only will doing so lessen your chances of skipping this vital ritual altogether, it will also help ensure that the particles stirred up by flossing don’t stay in your mouth.
Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening Toothpaste ($8.30)
Suitable for sensitive teeth, it promises to protect tooth enamel against acid erosion, while providing a gentle, whitening effect.
EXPERT TIP: “Avoid brushing immediately after you eat,” advises dentist Dr Jeff Michelson. The reason? Your tooth is at its weakest when acidic remnants of food are present following a meal. Wait for half an hour before you whip out your oral care kit, he advises.
Bactidol Mouthwash ($8.60)
This alcohol-free product has an antibacterial and antifungal formula that vows to provide fast symptomatic relief of mouth and throat infections, including those pesky ulcers. Put this on your daily roster to protect against oral ailments.
EXPERT TIP: An Australian study found that mouthwashes that contain alcohol may contribute to an increased risk of oral cancer. Further groundwork by European researchers confirmed this. Opt for alcohol-free varieties if you, too, have reservations.