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Target these top problem spots to safeguard your smile – and your life
Between your back teeth (top andbottom).
It’s where you do most of your chewing.
Instead of a straight up-and-down flossing motion, wrap the floss around each tooth, slide it just under the gum and then floss like you would shine a shoe, says Dr Craig Valentine, of the Academy of General Dentistry.
The inside of your bottom lip.
Nervous lip biting may trigger canker sores, but the cause is usually viral.
Over-the-counter topical anaesthetic gel or rinse applied before meals
often relieves the pain associated with eating and provides short-term
pain relief. Call your doctor if any mouth sore lasts longer than two
The gum that surrounds both your top left canine tooth and the premolar behind it.
The top canines are your most prominent teeth, so they take extra abuse from brushing. (Righties will do more harm to the left tooth.)
Brush gently – from the gum down to the bottom of the tooth.
Its location makes it more susceptible to toxins such as cigarette
Ban smoking and eat more avocados. Ohio State University researchers found that chemical compounds in avocados may reduce the risk of oral cancer.
The two bottom teeth in the front and centre.
They’re closest to your salivary glands and a protein in saliva has been shown to promote plaque build-up.
Snack on raisins; they contain important phytochemicals that block
plaque from latching onto your teeth, say researchers at the University
of Illinois, Chicago.