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Letters Otalgia article rides again

Teeth are rarely to blame

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 28 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:464

Oral Hygiene

Our mouth is teeming with bacteria that live on food which remains in our mouth after eating. Like all living organisms, these bacteria create waste products. As these waste products accumulate, they cause tooth decay and gum disease. The purpose of oral hygiene is to reduce the food, bacteria, and bacterial waste products in our mouth. This is why I recommend using an oral irrigator after every meal. I also recommend using an oscillating electric toothbrush at bedtime, having your teeth cleaned twice a year, and finding a dentist who recognizes the dangers of amalgams and metal dental work. Regular oral hygiene will save you from the nightmare of dental disease and painful dental treatments. Regular oral hygiene will enable you to chew your food, improve your appearance, and enjoy your life.

Competing interests: None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

06 March 2008
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA