Save money but not at your oral health’s expense. Here are some ways to keep your mouth healthy and staying within your budget.
There is no need to spend £££ on toothpaste. It can be difficult to know what toothpaste to buy with the huge variety that’s available in shops and supermarkets, and wonder what’s the best one to use? The simple answer (unless you have a specific need) is which ever you prefer as long as it contains at least 1350ppm-1500ppm of fluoride. We don’t recommend the use of whitening toothpaste as they can be abrasive to your teeth, which can lead to sensitivity. You can get 75ml tubes that cost from £1 in many budget stores and supermarkets. You don’t always have to go for the big brands either, own brands can be just as good, but don’t forget to check the label!
What to look out for…
Always check the fluoride content is appropriate for all ages in your household, most family toothpaste will contain a minimum of 1350-1500 ppm of fluoride which is typically fine for anyone over three years old.
If you’re not sure what’s best for you, ask your dentist at your next visit.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that strengthens your teeth. When you’ve finished brushing just spit out don’t rinse, so that the fluoride toothpaste can soak into your teeth and work its magic.
There is an extensive range of toothbrushes that can have your head baffled. To start with you have the option of manual and electric. Both are good as long as you know how to use them effectively. Your dentist will be able to recommend what is best for.
For those that prefer a manual toothbrush, in general we would recommend a small headed medium toothbrush. You should replace your toothbrush every 3 months or if the bristles start to splay. If the bristles do start to do this then it may mean you are brushing too hard. So go a little gentler and your brush should last a little longer.
When using a manual, brush in a circular motion along the gumline where the tooth and gum meet front and back. Then the tops of the teeth and even your tongue! Brush for 2 minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
If you prefer or have been recommended to use an electric toothbrush then they can range to eye watering prices! There is no need to spend £££ on an electric toothbrush. Most often you will find them on offer in sales, so look for the bargains. You can get a decent electric toothbrush for around £25. Just the basics will do, if it comes with a pressure sensor and timer then that’s great. Again when buying replacement heads there’s no need to buy branded ones as there is a huge range of own brands that will fit onto your brush. Just check the label for compatibility before buying.
Using an electric toothbrush is slightly different to a manual, you let the toothbrush do the work. Just hold the brush onto the teeth where the tooth meets the gum switch it on and go along each tooth individually holding it there for a couple of seconds. Again do both front back and tops of the teeth and the tongue, twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste.
Making sure you are using the correct products is the best way to save money in this range. Interdental cleaning aids are very specific to each persons individual needs.
One of the best things about buying at the dentist is they will be able to tell you exactly what you need.
This will mean you spend less money on products that you do not need while maintaining your standard of health in between dental visits.
Which? has been testing products and comparing prices ever since the 1970s. It offers free impartial advice by testing manufacturers’ claims and conducting surveys on consumer satisfaction.
They do this to more than 3,600 products including toothpaste and other dental hygiene products.
It is certainly worth a look if you are considering changing your dental routine to better suit your oral health needs, you never know how many pennies you can save!
If you would like to have a look at some of their suggestions follow the link here: https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/electric-toothbrushes/article/choosing-the-best-toothpaste-a5QlY0j8jkeT