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How can I look after my teeth and gums?

Each month, leading integrative health expert Dr Andrew Weil gives his definitive answer to a medical question



Problems with teeth and gums can have wide-ranging e ects on the body. For example, low-grade inflammation associated with gum disease (gingivitis or, in its more severe form, periodontitis) may play a role in the development of cardiovascular disease, dementia, diabetes and even some forms of cancer. Good oral hygiene contributes towards good overall health, starting with brushing twice a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, be gentle and don’t forget to clean your tongue, either by brushing it or using a tongue scraper. Bacteria that hide in the tongue’s crevices can contribute to tooth decay and bad breath. Electric toothbrushes may do a better job of removing plaque than manual brushes.

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If you're feeling depleted, out of sorts and ready for a holiday, then this issue is for you. Our 18-page dossier on how to renew your strength shares scientifically proven ways to fill up your tank and keep it full. If you’re hitting the beach but want to revolutionise the way you see yourself, turn to page 46 and learn about the new mindset to adopt to finally find peace with your body. This month, we invite you to train your brain to think differently but we also invite you to sing, dance and play. Why? Because it’s not only good for your soul, it’s good for your health. Learn how the arts can help you live a long, happy life. Here’s to a long, happy summer!