Spit, don’t rinse, and stand on one leg, too!

Ever tried brushing your teeth on one leg?

The Daily Mail yesterday listed some expert top tips to staying healthy – including the one above – after consulting a handful of medical professionals and practitioners.

Some of them were:

Try brushing your teeth on one leg – this one was from Leicester chiropractor Tim Hutchful, who said: ‘When I’m brushing my teeth I stand on one leg, as this works the core stability muscles which protect our back and which don’t get used enough – particularly if you have a sedentary lifestyle.

‘This exercise also helps restore balance and improve posture, since we often have a tendency to lean to one side. Stand on your left leg first until you start to feel too wobbly and then do the same with the right."

Brushing your teeth before breakfast – Dr Lance Knight, a dental surgeon based in Manchester, suggested: ‘As we sleep, bacteria and plaque form on our teeth. If we have breakfast without brushing this away, the bacteria multiplies thanks to any sugar and acid in the food which, in turn, increases the risk of tooth decay.

‘Brushing not only removes the bacteria but also allows the fluoride in the toothpaste to coat the teeth, protecting them against acid and sugar.’

Spit, don’t rinse, when brushing teeth – Dr Henry Clover, senior dental adviser with dental payment provider Denplan, said: ‘I always spit out rather than rinse away what is left in my mouth after I’ve finished brushing my teeth.

‘Rinsing after brushing reduces the effectiveness of your fluoride because you wash it away.

‘For this reason, don’t use mouthwash straight after either.’

Sleep on your back – Angelica Kavouni, a Harley Street cosmetic surgeon, said:

‘I always try to sleep on my back. Sleeping on your side or front squashes the face into the pillow and increases the chances of lines and wrinkles.

‘This is particularly true of the nasal-labial fold, which is the line that runs from the nose to the mouth.

‘Whenever you wake up during the night and find yourself on your side or front, switch to your back again.’

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