13 04 oral health month tips facts tools flossing canadaGet ready and brush up (literally) on your dental and oral hygiene routine.

Did you know that 20% of Canadians admit to flossing less than once a month or not at all? Yikes! We’ve got a few tips for cleaning up your oral hygiene act this month.

1. Try a natural toothpaste

Worried about some of the ingredients on your toothpaste’s label? Don’t use it as an excuse to skip brushing. Try Kiss My Face’s line of natural toothpastes ($6.50, kissmyface.com and at health stores) that are free of artificial sweeteners or flavours and alcohol. Since it contains organic aloe vera, essential oils and botanical extracts, its perfect for those with sensitive teeth, or who just want a whiter smile. Plus it tastes delicious!

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2. Take your oral care on the road

If your oral care regimen needs to be taken on the road, look no further than CARRY CLEAN’s line of portable dental accessories. From travel toothbrushes to dental picks, Carry Clean offers discreet solutions for a healthy smile wherever you are. Try their Interdental Piks ($2.99, at Walmart and Target) after meals to make sure you don’t end up with any embarrassing pieces of food caught in your teeth.

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3. Cure dry mouth

“The cause of a dry mouth could come from a number of different sources, including some medical conditions or even many common medications (i.e. antihistamines, diet pills, blood pressure medication, sleeping pills, etc.),” says Dr. Susanne Cohen, dentist and C.E.O. Smart Mouth. “Importantly, a dry mouth can cause or worsen bad breath.” Try Mouth Kote spray ($15.99, at Rexall), developed by an ear, throat and nose surgeon to help wet your whistle and help with battle bad breath using Yerba Santa herb, which has a very pleasant taste.

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4. Banish bad breath once and for all

“95% of all bad breath is caused by germs, living in the mouth, eating protein and producing foul smelling sulfur gases,” explains Dr. Cohen.  We recommend trying SmartMouth Mouthwash (16.99, available at Shoppers Drug Mart). The rinse only takes 30 seconds, and is a combination of two solutions you mix together when you’re ready to use: one is an odor eliminator, and the other contains zinc-ion technology to prevent the formation of new bad breath particles. It gives long-lasting fresh breath but isn’t as harsh as other mouthwashes.

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5. Make flossing a cinch

Make flossing an easier, tidier and quicker task. Philips Sonicare AirFloss ($99.99, at Shoppers Drug Mart, Bed Bath & Beyond and Amazon.ca) uses Microburst Technology to shoot water droplets and bursts of air in between your teeth to force out stubborn plaque and bacteria in less than 60 seconds. Why we love it: Philips Sonicare AirFloss eliminates the icky mess of regular flossing and feels more soothing on the gums. Trust us and try it.

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