People keen to prevent emergency dentistry have been given some top tips on how to look after their teeth by one expert.
Speaking to the Western Mail, hygienist Alison Lowe said one of the easiest ways to do so is to use a fluoride toothpaste, which could reduce decay by up to 50 per cent.
However, she advised people to check the packaging, as different formulas are required for different age groups. For instance, children younger than two will need fluoride levels of 600 parts per million (ppm), whereas 1,450ppm is fine for the over-fours.
Meanwhile, Ms Lowe also recommended brushing teeth before and not after breakfast, as this will prevent acids from stripping away the tooth enamel.
She said it is best to leave an hour between eating and brushing and recommended eating sugary foods at mealtimes rather than grazing in them throughout the day.
Last month, Dr Sarah Hulland told the Vancouver Sun that parents should teach their children about the benefits of good oral hygiene as early as possible to reduce the likelihood of them needing emergency dentistry in the future.