Dr Uchenna Okoye is the Oral-B Smile Director. She is also the Clinical Director of London Smiling Dental Group and one of an elite group of dentists with membership in both the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Top 5 Dental Tips:
TIP 1: MATCH YOUR TEETH TO YOUR EYES
‘As we age our teeth turn more yellow, so a good investment is to have them professionally whitened. The trick to getting the most natural shade is to ask your dentist to match your teeth to the whites of your eyes, as this will be the most youthful shade of white for you,’ says Dr Okoye.
TIP 2: GET A BESPOKE BRUSHING STYLE
Brushing twice daily for 2 minutes each time with an electric toothbrush and a good whitening toothpaste is the key to a healthy smile and keeping your teeth white. However, it’s not just how long you brush for, but how you brush that counts. A great way to check you are getting the best results is to ask your dentist to give you a prescriptive brushing routine. It may be that you need to pay more attention to certain areas – this small tweak can make a big difference.’ Dr Okoye suggests trying the Oral-B Pro.
TIP 3: DOUBLE FLOSS
‘Flossing regularly with a quality product will prevent dark stains between teeth that brushing can’t reach by removing plaque before it turns to stain-forming tartar. A small tip like flossing before and after you brush means you’re more likely to get a deeper, more effective clean when brushing,’ says Dr Okoye.
TIP 4: UPGRADE TO AN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH WITH SMART TECHNOLOGY
‘The Oral-B Smart Series not only removes twice as much plaque as a manual toothbrush but the innovative new Bluetooth technology can help combat bad brushing habits. My tip would be to discuss using the brush with your dentist to tailor it to your needs. The brush ensures you have constant contact with your dentist – patients can share their compliance statistics with their hygienist and dentist via e-mail, as a way to track and discuss improvement areas and help advance their oral care routines,’ comments Dr Okoye.
TIP 5: CONSIDER HAIR AND MAKEUP
‘The right tone of lipstick and hair colour not only gives your skin a youthful glow, it can make your teeth appear brighter and more youthful.combined with a tooth paste that boosts shine, will help give teeth a sparkle. Avoid brown or orange based lip colours which can emphasise the yellow tones in your teeth, and consider the tone of your hair colour too – going too far away from your natural hair colour, too light for example, can sometimes make your teeth appear darker’, says Dr Okoye.