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Tooth or dare

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…

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    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!

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    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.

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£10,000

is how much more people think you earn if you have a dazzling white smile. Give yourself a pay rise (kind of) with Boots Expert Dissolvable Teeth Whitening Strips, £16/1,600 points (56-pack).

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Corks are popping...

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    …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.’

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    of men don’t brush their teeth twice a day.
    But with the Colgate Zig Zag Medium Toothbrush Triple Pack, £4.20/420 points, he’ll have one for home, work and the gym – all bases covered, then.

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One in four five-year-olds…

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    …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.

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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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