You would think that living in the city of London, there would be enough reminders, in one form or another, why we should maintain a good level of dental hygiene. There is no excuse for missing a simple cleaning regime and yet for some reason we do, and then moan further down the line at the cost of extensive repairs and reconstruction procedures. All it takes to keep you smiling is regular brushing and flossing, and regular check-ups at the dentist to avoid the horrors that could lie ahead. The market is flooded with an array of products designed for oral hygiene and the choice can be confusing, but the first port of call should be dentists for a consultation. They will know the state of your mouth and be able to advise you on the best paste, brushes, mouth washes and flossing products that suit you. Then it’s down to trial and error before making a decision. But good dental hygiene does not rely on products alone; lifestyle has a direct impact too. Diet and indulgences affect the health of our mouths but by at least being aware, we can make informed decisions and keep our teeth healthy. In the end, there are many prices to pay for bad dental hygiene.