If you’re after a low-cost self-care product that can be used every day, the answer may well be a scalp massager that’s designed to mimic human fingers.
Typically, they are round brushes with silicone bristles that you can use in the shower with your shampoo or conditioner. The idea is that you move these massagers in a gentle forward and backward motion all over your head to distribute the product – they can do it more quickly and evenly than fingers, and there’s no danger of scratching yourself with your nails.
You can also get designs that will work on dry hair, like the antenna-style massagers that gently run down your scalp to trigger a tingly sensation that many people find relaxing. But scalp massagers are more than just practical tools – some believe they’re the answer to a great head of hair.
The notion that Britons have bad teeth may be a myth but the reality is that there is plenty of room for improvement.
The results of the last Adult Dental Health Survey revealed that just 69 per cent of adults brushed their teeth twice a day, for example. Even then, the high level of plaque seen in this group suggests that brushing alone is not good enough. To address this perennial problem, dentists recommend also using products such as dental floss to clean between the teeth.
But flossing comes with its own flaws. Getting into those gaps at the back of the mouth can be especially tricky for those who face mobility challenges for example, while cleaning between dental work for those with braces or fixed retainers can prove impossible. And then of course there’s the waste that comes with using a new piece of flossing string or pick every day.
Flossing should be an essential part of our dental routine to help keep our teeth clean, our mouths fresh and our gums healthy.
“The majority of tooth decay starts in the gaps between the teeth,” according to Professor Quintus van Tonder, a leading dentist at Church Street Dental Practice, “which is why interdental cleaning is so important.”
Indeed, as well as helping to stop plaque build up, flossing can also help dislodge trapped food that might be difficult to remove through brushing alone.