Essential tips for keeping your family’s teeth in great shape

There are a number of steps you can take to help prevent tooth loss, decay and the need for treatment.

It’s not just your mouth that will benefit. New findings support the idea that infections in the mouth can cause problems elsewhere in the body, including heart disease, strokes, diabetes, premature and low-birth-weight babies, and respiratory (lung) disease.

Here are our mini-guides to looking after your teeth and gums:

The best ways to prevent dental problems

From brushing to eating right, some of the best ways to prevent problems with your teeth and gums:

Looking after your children’s teeth

Some useful tips on getting your children started on a lifetime of proper dental care.

Dealing with bad breath

Our guide to getting back the self-confidence that worries about bad breath can ruin.

Want to know more about how to look after your teeth? Visit the new BDA Smile web site, the 3D Educational web site or the British Dental Health Foundation's web site where they have over 40 online leaflets covering everything from treatment to care.