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News / June 3, 2011

Doctor Who’s assistant reveals her smile secret

by Guy Hiscott

TV character Amy Pond – the well-known side kick of Doctor Who – has revealed her secret for a natural smile and teeth.

And it’s easier and simpler than many people think.

Her secret? It’s nothing more complicated than simply brushing with a good electric toothbrush.

Like many people on TV, Amy, played by Scottish actress Karen Gillan, is very conscious about how she looks, especially her teeth.

In the latest episode of Dr Who Confidential (Saturday 28 May 2011, BBC Three), Karen and her colleagues revealed that she suffered from yellow teeth – which she described as ‘Yellowstone Park’.

However, when asked if Karen had had her teeth whitened she revealed that a new electric toothbrush, given to her for Christmas, was the reason for her rediscovering her ‘Smile Factor’ – the theme of this year’s National Smile Month which runs until the 15 June.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, says: ‘Many people now choose to have their teeth whitened to improve their smiles. But it is not the only way to keep your Smile Factor.

‘As Karen reveals, there is no substitute for getting the basics right to ensure good oral health.  Tests have proved that electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque – in some cases up to 20%. Those with heads that rotate in both directions – oscillating heads – and pulsate are the most effective.

He adds: ‘The British Dental Health Foundation’s accreditation scheme offers consumers independent advice on over 150 current dental products, including market leading electric toothbrushes such as the Oral-B Triumph range.’