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Dental regimes for children

Parents should stress the importance of good dental hygiene to their children.

This is the opinion of Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, who said that a good oral routine should be developed from an early age.

He explained that those children who looked after their teeth while they were young were less likely to have dental issues in later life.

According to Dr Carter, everyone should brush their teeth for a duration of two minutes twice a day, while children should be given toothpaste with added fluoride.

"All children from 0-3 should use toothpaste with a fluoride level of 1000ppm, while for age three years and up that level should be 1350-1500ppm," he stated.

This comes after a report published in the Journal of Natural Products found that two substances in liquorice could help to kill bacteria that are responsible for tooth decay and gum disease.

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