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Oral health overview

From bad breath to oral cancer, mouth problems can range from embarrassing to life threatening. However, simple measures, like brushing teeth after eating, flossing and a regular check-up at the dentist can help prevent cavities, gum disease and other oral problems.

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Fluoride 'safe and effective' says health body

Children who live in local authority areas where fluoride is added to tap water have less tooth decay than those in non-fluoridated areas, says Public Health England.

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Teeth and gum care

With proper care, your teeth and gums can stay healthy throughout your life. The healthier your teeth and gums are, the less risk you have of tooth decay and gum disease.

How should I care for my teeth and gums?

There are four basic steps to caring for teeth and gums:

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