Are you taking care of your teeth and gums in the best way possible? Did you know that brushing alone only cleanses 25% of your mouth?
Listerine has launched a new Green Tea variant that combines essential oils and green tea extract with fluoride to protect your teeth. It also helps to prevent plaque, a major cause of gum disease, and leaves you with fresher breath. You can use it twice a day to strengthen your tooth enamel and prevent cavities, or rinse after meals to freshen up and cleanse.
I’ve always been a big fan of Listerine mouth wash. I honestly find it leaves my teeth feeling cleaner than it would have if I just brushed, and I love that intensely refreshed feeling after rinsing. The new variant delivers all of this, with a minty, botanical taste that I really like.
Top tips for oral health:
- Brush twice daily. Don’t over-brush or brush too hard as this can damage your gums.
- Floss once a day. Unfortunately, there is no way around this one. Just do it.
- Use a mouthwash to double cleanse your teeth, remove plaque and strengthen your teeth. You can also rinse with mouthwash after meals to prevent tooth decay.
- Replace your toothbrush 3 – 4 times per year.
- See an oral hygienist every 6 months to give your teeth a deep cleanse. Many medical schemes cover this so check if it’s part of your offering.
- Visit your dentist every six months or at least once a year.
- Avoid sugary foods and drinks.
My Ginger & Mint Green Ice Tea:
Sugary drinks like sodas and fruit juices can contribute to tooth decay so it’s best to swap them out for sugar free alternatives. I created this healthy, sugar-free alternative that you can try out during the summer months. Green Tea is a packed with powerful antioxidants, while ginger and mint help to aid digestion.
Makes 1 liter
Preparation time: About 5 hours with cooling time
3 – 4 bags of green tea
2 tablespoons Agave syrup, or to taste
A thumb-size piece of ginger
1 – 2 limes
A large bunch of fresh mint
Toothpicks to serve
Add your green tea bags to 1 liter of boiling water. If you like your green tea nice and strong, use 4 bags.
Mix in 2 tablespoons of Agave syrup into the hot tea. Grate the ginger and add to the warm tea mixture. Allow to cool, then pop into the fridge for a few hours until you’re ready to serve.
Once your tea mixture has cooled, add the juice of 1 to 2 limes. Taste as you go until the balance between sweet and acidity is just right. Add a good bunch of mint leaves. Set aside.
Garnish each glass with a thinly sliced pineapple ring and a sprig of mint.
Halve your cucumber and use a vegetable peeler to create long ribbons. Roll the ribbon up and stick it onto a toothpick. Add three rolls to a toothpick and place it into the glass.
To serve, add ice cubes to your tea mixture. Divide the tea mixture between your glasses, pouring it through a sieve to catch any small ginger pieces. Enjoy!
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