Brushing our teeth has been drummed into since we could remember and so should be automatic in our normal London W1 day. But as our understanding of how our teeth work has evolved, other techniques to clean our teeth have been added into our everyday routine. This is because it was discovered that just brushing alone, didn’t quite cut the mustard. It’s difficult to get the bristles of a regular tooth brush between the teeth to remove food from within. So we’ve arrived at even better methods to solve the problem. Flossing is a wonderful invention that does the job, as are small inter-dental brushes and lets not under-estimate the usefulness of mouth-washes either. However, it’s probably a safe bet that most of us carry out these operations first thing in the morning and last thing at night. But what of the rest of the day like brunch, lunch and the odd afternoon snack? The whole concept of flossing is to remove food and which is why we should carry with us some floss, a small brush and maybe even a small bottle of mouth-wash, wherever we go. Is this drastic or just common sense? Think about it: oral hygiene twice a day means that food is breeding bacteria and acids on our teeth for at least 8 hours and in dental terms, that’s a recipe for disaster.