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We know that neglecting your gnashers means fillings, but it’s now linked to diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. Here are some (bite-sized) facts…
people has NEVER flossed their teeth.
That’s a quick route to gum disease. Not a floss fan? Try Boots Expert TePe Angle Interdental Brush, £4/400 points (6-pack). It has a handle, so no fiddling about wrapping floss around your fingers. Phew!
of us would lend a toothbrush to a celebrity.
Talk about a brush with fame! But by sharing, you’re not just swapping saliva (a fast-track way to spread germs), you could be sharing blood, too – and that’s far riskier. So next time Clooney stays over, tell him to bring his own brush.
…and the fizz is flowing. But beware – sparkling drinks such as Champagne have high levels of CO2 which can temporarily erode tooth enamel. Dr Uchenna Okoye, Oral B ambassador, advises: ‘Wait a few hours between drinking and brushing to give the enamel time to harden.’
…has tooth decay. So try getting little ones into a brushing routine as soon as milk teeth come through. Got a refusenik on your hands? The New Philips Sonicare For Kids HX6322/04 Electric Toothbrush, £66.99/6,699 points, connects to an app with brushing tips and a star reward scheme. Clever.
Did you know?
Lots of us still don’t clean our teeth thoroughly, with 60% not brushing back molars for long enough – or at all. The good news is the New Oral B Genius 8000 Electric Toothbrush, £270/ 27,000 points, spots the bits we miss and alerts us via an app.
Words Charlotte Grant-West Illustration Getty Images
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Editor Helen Daly Associate editor Julia Martin Acting associate editor Jessica Powell Senior art editor Louisa Edge Designer Mairead Gleeson Picture editor Francisco Ludovico Chief sub-editor Carrie Sizer Acting chief sub-editor Martina Walsh Acting deputy chief sub-editor Danielle Richardson Features director Danielle Hine Features writer Charlotte Grant-West Beauty director Donna Francis Editorial assistant Abbie-Joelle Skliarsky Business director Georgie Eley Account director Sophie Horne Commercial director Ian Anderson Senior advertising manager Michelle Daburn Senior sales executives Naomi Spence Advertising account manager Jalna Maharjan Print project manager Judy Binning Publishing lead Adrian Farr For Boots Katie Barber, Katie Harrison and Fiona Lakin With thanks this issue to: Chris Carus, Keith Drummond, Fay Gristwood, Ana Jervic, Jimm Leaf, Lucy Moore, Chris Morley, Susannah Parker, Emily Plank, Jill Tipping and Iain White