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Spring Clean Your Oral Hygiene Routine

It's the perfect time to brush up on the basics.

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It’s time to (finally!) spring ahead and while you’re in the zone to refresh your beauty routine, it’s also a great time to brush up your oral hygiene routine. How do you ensure your go-to oral hygiene products are working hard?  

We asked San Francisco-based general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Lior Tamir to share his personal must-follow process to keep his teeth clean and healthy, along with a few of his favorite, tried-and-true products he uses to spruce up his smile.

But first…floss

No surprise here…yet another dentist is underscoring the importance of flossing daily to keep the mouth clean, and free of odor-causing bacteria. When flossing, Dr. Tamir reaches for Cocofloss, made of hundreds of individual threads and infused with natural coconut oils. “I love this product because it’s much thicker than your average floss, and really scrubs between the teeth. Once you start using it, you’ll be addicted, too!”

The brush matters
 Not all electric brushes will deliver equal results. Dr. Tamir says, “hands down, I prefer the Phillips Sonicare – nothing comes close in terms of leaving me with that super clean feeling. For those with sensitive teeth, I recommend a micro nano brush. It’s super soft and has 20K bristles which really helps remove plaque gently and effectively.”  
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Toothpaste (times two!)

In skincare, most have designated products for the morning and different ones for the evening composed of ingredients best for each time of day. Dr. Tamir follows a similar regime when selecting his toothpaste. “When I wake up, I prefer to use one that will give a little extra whitening boost and provide a refreshed taste, like Marvis Whitening” he shares. “At night, I use Boka because it offers hydroxyapatite, which has been shown to reverse small cavities and remineralize the teeth as effectively as fluoride, without as much toxicity.”

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Tongue scrape for added freshness
 Growing up, we were instructed to brush, floss, use mouthwash and maybe give our tongue a quick brush or two, but tongue scraping was not always top of mind. Today, many are partaking in the added step. “Once you try it – you’ll never believe what comes off of your tongue. For years, I’ve been using BreathRX Tongue Scrapers,” Dr. Tamir advises. “They’re inexpensive, easy to travel with and are amazing at getting the tongue super clean and the mouth feeling fresh.” 
Mouthwash, rinse + repeat 

No brushing routine is complete without mouthwash. It’s a crucial step to eliminate what’s left of bacteria at the end of the routine and leave your mouth and breath feeling clean. “From my experience, nothing will leave the mouth fresher than Marvis Strong Mint Mouthwash. It’s a strong flavor and will keep your breath feeling fresh for hours. An added bonus, it contains propolis which is a natural anti-inflammatory derived from bees to help fight against bacteria, viruses, and fungi; it also has anti-inflammatory effects that are known for healing.”

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Dr. Lior Tamir is a cosmetic and reconstructive dentist with a deep passion for restoring organic and dynamic beauty to smiles around the world. His approach is focused on remaining minimally invasive and using cutting-edge technology to transform the lives of his patients. At his state-of-the-art office in Silicon Valley, Dr. Lior is dedicated to enhancing the natural beauty of every patient’s smile. He offers comprehensive cosmetic, restorative and preventative care including top-quality porcelain veneers and dental implants. Empowered by the latest and most revolutionary tool, Dr. Lior brings the best technology available to guide every patient’s journey.

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Janene Mascarella