You might think you’ve got teeth-cleaning nailed, but having a healthy mouth requires more than just brushing twice a day and avoiding sugary snacks. Did you know? During your lifetime, you’ll spend around 38.5 days brushing your teeth and produce around 20,000 litres of saliva – enough to fill two swimming pools. And chewing sugar-free gum between meals and snacks will increase saliva, which helps neutralise the acids that break down tooth enamel. Here, tooth expert Dr Mark Hughes gives us the dental dos and don’ts… Q. Do I need to spend a lot of money on a toothbrush? The type of brush you use is important, but it’s not always about how much it costs. No one should use a hard-bristled toothbrush, because they can have a damaging effect on the gums. There are new, natural-fibre brushes on the market, as well as some made of silicone. "Silicone is far less abrasive than standard nylon bristles and less destructive to the enamel because it … [Read more...] about Gross reason why you should always brush your teeth before bed
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ONE of the first things we notice about someone is their smile, and a third of Brits wouldn’t date someone with bad teeth. But how well do we look after our own gnashers? It’s just as important to care for them as for our skin and hair – after all, we need them to last us a lifetime – but many of us are failing on that front. Turns out 36% of us avoid going to the dental hygienist due to cost, even though we’re willing to spend more than £200 a year on beauty and grooming treatments, including spray tans, manicures and waxing. And while half of all Brits have some form of gum disease, one in four don’t brush for the recommended two minutes twice a day, according to the Oral Health Foundation. At its worst, poor oral hygiene can even lead to life-threatening conditions like heart disease. Here’s what you need to know… 1 — Electric toothbrushes aren’t necessarily better According to experts, it’s more about good … [Read more...] about From dull to dazzle, brush up on oral hygiene with 10 vital tips for pearly whites
This week, the ‘sugar tax’ on fizzy drinks came into force in the UK. Might it signal the end of our love affair with all things sweet? The Telegraph travels to Mexico, where cola consumption per capita – and obesity rates – are among the highest in the world. Photographs by Jordi Ruiz Cirera.By Henry Bodkin 6 APRIL 2018 • 7:18PM oises Sanchez has intelligent, humorous eyes, but as he takes out his phone and brings up a picture of Merari, his eight-year-old daughter, they are pinched with sadness. ‘As you can tell, she’s not thin,’ he says. ‘We’re taking her to dance classes and have given her an eating schedule to control her diet. The other kids have started to bully her – I tell her to try not to get sad.’ Moises, a lawyer specialising in corporate fraud, is a doting father but an uncertain role model. He himself weighs 26 stone and is addicted to sugary food and drink. In a sombre apartment above a … [Read more...] about Can sugar taxes solve the obesity and diabetes epidemics?