As a nation, we're not very good at it, so to help us get it right, manufacturers have come up with a range of gadgets, the most advanced of which is a toothbrush that uses sonic vibrations (believe it). The latest buzz word in dentistry is interdental cleaning (doing the gaps between teeth) and there are devices specifically for this, which are especially useful for those who hate manual flossing. So, no excuses for not keeping your teeth and dentist happy. Shame about all the white plastic and pastel colours.
Michael Oliveira-Salac and Martin Skegg
Alert Toothbrush (right) Designed to prevent over-zealous brushing which can cause injury to gums and teeth - the light warns you when you are pressing too hard. pounds 9 plus p&p. Available by mail order from Portner, Pittack & Associates on 0181-349 3924.
Janina Oral Cosmetique (top far right)
A paste which helps to whiten teeth safely without being abrasive, by using a combination of enzymes. pounds 8.95 Available by mail order from CTS on 01737 765 400.
Boots Microclean toothpaste (centre far right) Contains micro granules to keep your teeth "hygienist fresh". Available in Fresh Mint, Baking Soda, and Glacial Mint flavours, pounds 2.19, from Boots.Mouth Scraper (bottom far right) Double-sided with bristles and a scraper that removes the gunge from your tongue and so combats bad breath. Use daily, but not when anyone else is watching. pounds 2.50 Available by mail order from CTS on 01737 765 400.