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29 August 2013 Read more

Never eat just before bed.

At night our saliva flow dramatically drops. Any acid in our mouth will not be washed away and will linger around our teeth, causing more damage.

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21 August 2013 Read more

Do not rinse your mouth out after brushing.

Rinsing, including with a mouthwash, washes the fluoride off the teeth so it does not have much time to act. Dentists recommend brushing teeth then just spitting the excess toothpaste out, leaving the rest around the teeth so it can keep working.

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9 August 2013 Read more

Fluoride in toothpaste used twice daily helps prevent or halt decay.

Fluoride changes the structure of enamel into a harder form, making it more resistant to acid attack. Early cavities can be halted and not need filling if fluoride is used regularly and your sugar intake is reduced.

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1 August 2013 Read more

Bleeding gums when brushing is not normal.

Bleeding gums means they are inflamed. This could be a sign of gum disease. Be sure to visit your dentist if your gums bleed when you brush them.

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26 July 2013 Read more

The only tooth safe drinks are milk and water.

Milk and water are the only non-sugar/ non-acidic drinks. Diet fizzy drinks are acidic, dissolving enamel. Squash, fruit juices and other fizzy drinks are both sugary and acidic, causing both decay and enamel erosion. Tea and coffee without added sugar are safe.

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