Irish Independent - Health & Living - - MIND YOURSELF -

and end and you will be­come ac­cus­tomed to the cor­rect time to spend brush­ing. Al­ter­na­tively, turn on the near­est ra­dio and brush along with a song from start to fin­ish as most of them are be­tween two and three min­utes long. main of­fender as it contains sugar which feeds the bac­te­ria around our teeth, and acidic vine­gar which dam­ages the enamel. Skip the shop-bought sauces and make your own. Stir freshly chopped gar­lic, basil and rose­mary into a lit­tle olive oil and smear on lamb or steak, or mix lemon juice, olive oil and chopped dill with a lit­tle honey and driz­zle over fish or chicken. By mak­ing your own, you can con­trol the amount of sug­ary or acidic in­gre­di­ents you use.


Brush­ing im­me­di­ately af­ter meals is a no-no when it comes to healthy teeth and gums. Acidic foods like citrus fruits — lemons, or­anges, grape­fruits — can weaken tooth enamel and brush­ing too soon af­ter eat­ing can dam­age it in this weak­ened state. Have a glass of wa­ter or rinse your mouth af­ter eat­ing these foods, leaving about 30 min­utes be­fore brush­ing.

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