Thursday, April 4, 2019

A "Fersk" New Smile with Jordan

Wouldn’t it be nice to have one less thing to worry about? For example, how many times during your busy day do you worry about bad breath?

With that, we must first ask the question, what is good oral hygiene? It is the practice of keeping one’s mouth clean and free of disease and other problems by regular brushing of the teeth. Good oral hygiene results in a mouth that looks and smells “fersk” (Norwegian for fresh) and healthy.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most vital things you can do for your teeth. Healthy teeth not only allow you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly.

Speaking about a market consumption survey carried out throughout Asia by Jordan Oral Care, Sandee Chai, Regional Brand Manager at Jordan Asia Pacific Sdn. Bhd. said, “We found that the average Malaysian changes their toothbrush once every seven months and brushes their teeth less than once a day!”

“On top of changing our toothbrush every three months to ensure our teeth are properly cared for, we need to brush our teeth 30 minutes after every meal to prevent from dental plaque formation.”, she continued.

Here are some tips to help you look after your teeth:
  1. Brush at least twice a day – The best time to brush your teeth is after meals. 
  2. Use fluoridated toothpaste – Flouride helps to harden your teeth enamel and reduce risk of decay. Brush thoroughly – Tooth brushing should take between two and three minutes. 
  3. Floss your teeth daily – Use a slow and gentle sawing motion.
  4. Limit acidic drinks like soft drinks, cordials and fruit juices – Food acids soften tooth material and dissolve the minerals in tooth enamel, causing holes (cavities or caries). In severe cases, teeth may be ‘eaten’ right down to the gum.
  5. Limit sugary food – Bacteria in dental plaque change sugars into acids.
  6. Protect your teeth from injury – Wear a mouthguard or full-face helmet when playing sports.
  7. Try to save a knocked-out tooth – If possible, hold the tooth back in place while you seek immediate dental advice. If this is not possible, wrap the tooth in plastic or place it in milk and seek dental advice immediately.
  8. Avoid using your teeth for anything other than chewing food – If you use them to crack nuts, remove bottle tops or rip open packaging, you risk chipping or even breaking your teeth.
  9. Be picky with your oral care products – Choose your oral care products to fit you, so that you will continuously be motivated to maintain good oral hygiene. While maintaining good oral hygiene is important, it is equally as important that you manage your toothbrush as well. Here are some basic dos and don’ts when it comes to taking care of your toothbrush.

Do:
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 – 4 months (or sooner if the bristles start to bend or fray) 
  • Rinse your toothbrush with tap water after brushing and allow it to air dry. This gets rid of bacteria that die when exposed to air.
  • Store your toothbrush upright so it can drain and air dry faster.
  • Allow your toothbrush to air dry completely before packing it away or storing it. 

Don’t:
  • Share toothbrushes. Sharing could spread germs and bacteria that causes tooth decay. 
  • Place your toothbrush in a small container for long periods of time. Moisture encourages bacteria growth.
  • Keep your toothbrush near your toilet. Germs become airborne during flushing and could end up on your toothbrush.

“We only live once – and with 2 sets of teeth throughout our lifetime. With this, let’s refresh our priorities and put dental health at the top of the list! Jordan oral care is here to start a ‘Fersk’ with you!” said Eric Yong, Jordan Asia Pacific Sdn. Bhd.’s Market Manager of Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan.

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