Luvbiotics | The Probiotic Oral Hygiene Range



It's no secret that I can't bear the dentists. I will wait and wait and wait until its pretty much too late to fix something, or I'm experiencing pain that is unbearable to cope with. To give an example, I held off on tooth pain and an abcess for a lonnnng time, by the time I went to the dentist they did a root canal and gave me antibiotics,  but just a couple of weeks later the pain was back and I lost the tooth.

What an idiot. But, anxieties and fears are not so easy to just push aside for the best sometimes are they? 

When it comes to my own dental hygiene, I am always on the look out for products that will prevent any issues (and also so that my trips to the dentist are as minimal as possible!)

Dental Probiotics - What Are They?

You've heard of probiotics, right? I'm not sure about you but I always thought they related to the gut and that was about it.  Not so! 

Dental probiotics are clinically proven to improve oral hygiene through balancing oral flora. They promote the growth of beneficial bacteria while reducing the bad bacteria which cause dental issues, such as bad breath, plaque build up and tooth decay

The more good bacteria we have in our mouths, the better our oral health. 

Luvbiotics Dental Routine

The Luvbiotics® range is available as toothpaste (whitening or original), mouthwash and lozenges (original or cherry) so you can brush, cleanse and maintain a healthier mouth all day long.

I've been sent their dental hygiene system, which is one of each of the below, to test and review so I will be posting again in a couple of weeks once I've given them a good thorough test:

Luvbiotics Advance Dental Hygiene: Whitening Toothpaste.

This toothpaste helps to balance oral flora, combat tooth decay, and reduce plaque, all while refreshing the breath. The tube is 75ml and at the time of writing is available at Amazon for £10.95.

Luvbiotics Advanced Dental Hygiene: Mouthwash

This alcohol-free mouthwash freshens breath and reduces plaque by fighting harmful bacteria. The bottle contains 500ml and at the time of writing is available at Amazon for £9.95.

Luvbiotics Advanced Dental Hygiene: Original Lozenges

Containing Probiotics, Xylitol, and Aloe Vera, these Lozenges promote good bacteria for fresh breath, healthy gums, and cavity protection. They also aid in the healing of mouth ulcers and oral thrush. With 30 mints in a pack, you can pick these up on Amazon for £8.95 at the moment. 

Initial Findings

I've only had these for a week, so I want to give my initial thoughts here as it will be interesting to see what my thoughts are after a good few weeks of use too. 

Plaque

My first impression is that I do seem to have reduced plaque build-up between brushings, though I can't determine if this is due to the toothpaste or the lozenges in between. Once I've ran out of lozenges, I'll continue use the toothpaste and mouthwash too see, and I will report back on my findings.

Freshness

As a smoker, I've found the lozenges to be the most beneficial to me so far. They have the texture of an antacid lozenge and are far more refreshing than any mint or chewing gum I'd ordinarily opt for. Because smoking kills beneficial oral bacteria, I'm relieved to know that I'm replacing them throughout the day with Luvbiotics.

Flavour

All three have a pleasant flavour. I dislike medicated-tasting dental products since they don't leave me feeling refreshed, which is exactly what I want from my oral hygiene regime. 

Whitening

I have yet to notice a change in terms of whitening, of my teeth but given how effective all three have been combined thus far, I am optimistic.


I'm actually really looking forward to reaping the benefits of using this oral hygiene range for a prolonged period. So far, I'm really impressed! 

To find out more, please head over to Luvbiotics website where all the science is explained, and if you're on Instagram, remember to use #Luvbiotics and show them some Luv! 



This post contains affiliate links and covers products that were gifted to me to try out. 

Protecting Your Family Financially

 

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Taking good care of your family means protecting your finances, as well as optimising your physical and mental well-being. However, it can be tricky to know how to make savvy financial decisions that will benefit your family for years to come. While advice from a finance professional can help you to maximise wealth, there are lifestyle changes you can make too. For inspiration, take a look at these four easy ways to protect your family financially: 


Reduce Unnecessary Expenditure

If you’re spending more than you need to on essentials, you could be missing out on the chance to make higher contributions to savings accounts. By keeping track of your budget and cutting the cost of your usual expenses, you can save money without impacting your lifestyle. 

Finding a cheap insurance company and lowering car insurance premiums is a simple yet easy way to save money, for example. Similarly, switching to a different energy provider or finding a better home insurance company can help you to save hundreds or even thousands of pounds a year. 


Invest Wisely

Investments can be an effective way to increase your capital, which means your family will be better off in the future. However, choosing the right investments and managing risk is critical to success. Playing the stock market or buying cryptocurrency can bring high rewards, for example, but they also carry a significant amount of risk. In contrast, paying into a savings account or purchasing bonds might offer a lower return but there’s also a lower risk of losing your funds. 

While many people generate an income and grow capital via investments, it’s vital to diversify your investment portfolio and assess the risk level before parting with your funds. 


Take Out Life Insurance

If you want peace of mind that your family will have the funds they need when you’re no longer around, life insurance can be a good idea. Although there are many different types of policies to choose from, you can take out life cover for a relatively low monthly premium. While this might increase your current expenditure, you can be confident that your family will have access to the funds they need in the future when you have the right policy in place. 


Teach Your Kids About Money

Knowing how to manage financial matters is a skill that we aren’t usually taught in school. Due to this, it’s essential to teach your kids how to manage money from a young age. Whether it’s encouraging them to save some of their pocket money each week or teaching teens how interest rates work, make sure you give your kids the knowledge they’ll need to manage their finances effectively when they’re older. 


Managing Your Household Budget

By implementing a household budget, you can be proactive about monitoring expenditure and saving for a rainy day. When you know what you’re spending and how much you have leftover at the end of each month, you’ll be able to enjoy treating yourself and your family to some of life’s luxuries when the time is right. 


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Fun Hobbies To Take Up This Spring

 

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Now that spring is finally here it is time for many of us to look forward to a happier summer when restrictions lift and we get to see our family and friends. 


The pandemic had a huge impact on all of our lives from missing moments of people’s lives, losing jobs, and, sadly, even becoming ill. It is important for us all now to take the chance to get back to normality and take the opportunity to make a positive change. 


Today we want to take a look at some of the simple and fun hobbies you could take up this spring to make your daily routine a little different and more fun. There are lots of ways to enjoy your time and some of them can even make you some money on the side. Here are some of the ideas you can try this spring. 



Baking 


The first of the hobbies you can consider trying this spring is baking. Now that you’ll have family and friends to see and bake for - it is the perfect time to get in the kitchen and start being a bit creative. 


Homemade ice cream is a super fun recipe to make and you can change and adapt the flavours to your choosing - and here’s how to make a simple version: 


Ingredients: 


  • 500ml custard 
  • 300ml double cream 
  • Flavouring (melted chocolate, toffee sauce etc)


1.In a bowl or an ice cream maker, mix these ingredients until combined.

2. If you have an ice cream maker - mix for 15 minutes and then transfer to a freezer safe tub for 4 hours. 

3. If manual - place in a tub and take out of the freezer every half an hour to stir the ice cream and stop it crystallising. 

4. Serve with your favourite treats! 



Gardening 


If you have an outdoor space and you are looking to make the most of it this year - consider taking up gardening as a hobby. Gardening can be a great way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon and you will start to learn a lot about plants and animals that reside in your garden. You can plant seeds and bulbs, consider starting your own herb garden, and try your hand at growing some vegetables such as tomato or carrot. 



Forex trading 


Forex Trading might not seem like a fun hobby but this can not only make you money but will feel almost like a game of timing and skill. Opening an account with a forex trading platform will allow you to start buying and selling currency and making real money for yourself and your family. There are loads of courses you can take online to help support this and it will be a great way for you to build your skills while having some fun. 



Writing 


If you are a creative person perhaps the best hobby you can try this year is writing. Writing is a wonderful thing and there are no rules. Pick a story and simply start to create something you enjoy. You could write a book, poems, or even short stories and enjoy letting your imagination go wild! 


What are you enjoying this Spring?




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A Few Aesthetically Pleasing Gift Ideas for Your Friends and Family

 

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Whether for Christmases, birthdays, weddings or other special occasions, gift giving is something that we all tend to do on a pretty regular basis – but it’s not always easy or straightforward to decide what sorts of gifts to give.


One common approach is to give gifts that are purely and directly practical – things like a new toaster, or a knife set, for example.


Another approach is to give gifts that are for pure entertainment, whether novelty gifts; films; games; or any number of other things that the recipient wouldn't probably buy themselves.


Whatever else the gift you are giving is, however, there are some good reasons why it should also be aesthetically pleasing. After all, beauty, craftsmanship, and harmonious motifs can really help to transform the environment within a home and make it a lot more uplifting and powerful, while simultaneously helping to improve the sense of well-being of everyone involved.


Here are just a few aesthetically pleasing gift ideas for your friends and family, so that you can be prepared in advance for the next special occasion.


Stylish tablecloths and dinnerware


Stylish tablecloths and dinnerware are great traditional gifts that can really help to make mealtimes much more special and positive experiences, not only for you and your family, but also for any guests you might have invited over for a special occasion.


Since the dawn of time, humans have enjoyed coming together and bonding over food – whether in the form of meat roasted over an open bonfire, or in the form of a formal dinner party complete with elaborate decor and extravagant examples of the finest French cuisine.


As with many other aesthetically pleasing gift ideas, great tablecloths and items of dinnerware can stand the test of time in excellent fashion, and can easily end up becoming family heirlooms.


Not only are these gifts totally practical, they can also become proud and storied possessions that are cherished and appreciated for a long time.


Framed art prints


Visual art in the form of paintings and stylised posters can transform the mood and atmosphere in a home like virtually nothing else, by invoking powerful motifs that automatically draw the attention and conjure up particular themes.


Of course, if you’re limiting yourself to actual paintings, your options will likely be pretty limited, and you will tend to have to pay quite a lot for whatever it is you want to buy.


Framed art prints can be a great way of bringing some of the great classics of the art world into your home in replica form that is nonetheless deeply powerful and visually appealing.


If you know that a friend, relative, or other loved one of yours really likes a particular painting or art style, gifting them with a high quality framed art print can be an excellent idea.


Handcrafted statuettes and ornaments


Handcrafted statuettes and carved or sculpted ornaments can be an amazing way of bringing a bit of genuine artisanship into the house, and creating powerful stand-out visual features that can add a lot of life and character to any desk, countertop, or mantelpiece around.


Whether you like particular animal motifs, mythological representations, depictions of famous buildings, or any number of other things, statuettes and related ornaments can allow you to explore and express just about any interest imaginable.


If you can think of a particular hobby or interest that someone close to you has, getting a custom statuette that relates to that thing is likely to be a novel and well-received gift idea.


A high quality pen or lighter


One of the issues that many of us experience with the present state of consumer culture, is that it often seems to emphasise throwaway goods and items, in a range of different ways.


If you need to write down a note, you probably reach for one of a dozen disposable ballpoint pens you have lying around! Likewise if you need to light a candle, you probably have cheap plastic disposable lighters sitting in a drawer somewhere.


Opting instead to give someone the gift of a high quality pen, or an engraved zippo lighter, can be a great way of adding a bit more meaning, aesthetic appeal, and reusability to an everyday object that would otherwise likely be far less significant or resilient.


Don't opt for the toaster or knife set, your options really are endless! Have you bought anything special recently? Let us know below.



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Cut Down on Carbon Emissions with These Family Tips

 

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People everywhere are trying to be more eco-friendly to help support the planet. While it's important for businesses and governments to make commitments, individuals are also capable of making a difference by changing some of the things in their lives. Reducing your carbon footprint can help you to be kinder to the planet, and it can be a good way to live sustainably and even save money. You might think it's hard to do when you have a family, but there are lots of things that the whole family can do to be more eco-friendly. Here are some of the steps that you might take.


Start Tackling Waste


A family can produce a lot of waste. From nappies to food waste, the more people in the house, the more waste you can produce. Fortunately, cutting down on waste is easier than you might think. You can use various tactics to do it, starting by replacing single-use items with reusable items. By reusing things, you can reduce your waste by a huge amount. Another tip is to make sure you're recycling as much as possible. Know your local council's recycling rules so you're aware of what you can and can't recycle.


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Repair and Reuse


Most people knew how to fix things not too long ago. It was important to be able to darn your socks or reuse a dress that was no longer wearable. But now we just buy things to replace anything that's broken or isn't useful anymore. While it's a convenient way to live, it can also be very wasteful. Instead of buying new things all the time, learning how to repair items can help you to save money and also reduce the amount of waste you produce. Of course, if you invest in higher quality items, you'll find that you need to do fewer repairs.


Switch to a Hybrid or Electric Car


Some families get by without a car, but many find that it's much more convenient to have one. However, there are ways to own a car and still keep your carbon footprint low. One option is to switch to a hybrid or electric car, which can be more economical than a standard petrol or diesel car. The new Volvo range has a choice of electric plug-in hybrid options that are also great for families. If you need a new car or you're coming to the end of a lease, it could be worth considering one with lower carbon emissions.


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Save Energy at Home


Saving energy at home is also a great way to reduce your family's carbon emissions. Everyone can get involved in preventing energy waste. Start with small things such as switching light bulbs to LEDs. You can encourage everyone to turn off lights when they leave a room and put a jumper on if they're feeling chilly to save energy in different ways. Yes, I know, I sound like my Dad... but guess what, parents really do know best!


If you have a family, it shouldn't stop you from being eco-friendly and helping to support the planet. Everyone can get involved in being greener.


What measures do you take yourself?


Share your ideas below.



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