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BDHF hails importance of Christmas oral health regime

Posted by Joanne Mellor

The British Dental Health Federation has hailed the importance of a good oral health routine over the Christmas period.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the body, explained it is necessary people accept they are likely to eat and drink more than usual at this time of year.

As a result of this, individuals need to consider the damage they may be doing to their teeth and gums, he warned.

Dr Carter said: “Brush twice a day, night and morning with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes at a time.”

He explained evidence suggests some people only brush once a day and only for 45 seconds at a time.

The specialist also recommended chewing sugar-free gum, as this is a good way to increase the flow of saliva in the mouth, which helps to protect the teeth from decay.

Research by Wrigley has found 70 per cent of people would be put off from kissing a colleague at a Christmas party if they had bad breath or teeth. 

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