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Last Updated: Wednesday March 26 2008 12:01 GMT

Tell us your toothy tales

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Smile! Twelve-year-olds in the UK have the best set of gnashers across Europe according to a report.

So does that mean you're all fans of the dentist, floss daily and NEVER get nagged by your mum to brush before bed? Perhaps you've still got your baby teeth?

Or are you afraid of the dentist, have loads of fillings and run a mile at the sight of mouthwash?

Tell us your toothy tales, your dental disasters and your chopper confessions. We're waiting!

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"I'm the same as Ryan. I hardly ever brush my teeth, so they're pretty yellow. I don't go to the dentist much, but when I do I drink nearly all of his mouthwash! I love the strawberry flavoured one!!"

Justin, 9, Co. Louth, Ireland

"I am scared of the dentist because I am worried that I might have to get a filling!"

Erin, 9, Morayshire, Scotland

"I brush my teeth once a day and sometimes I don't even do them at all, which is BAD!!!! They're quite yellow because I don't always do them. I DO NOT REALLY CARE."

Ryan, 8, West Midlands, England

"My sister was eating cereal and her tooth fell out into the cereal. She took a spoonful of cereal, but thankfully she realised!"

Tatiana, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"I had train-track braces for about a year and on Christmas Day, just before they came out, I was watching Doctor Who, fresh from the bath! I was kind of chewing the end of a towel and the cotton got stuck within the brace. While pulling it out, it also took out a piece of wire. I had to cut the towel from my mouth!"

Emma, 10, Dorset, England

"I have a retainer and find it really hard. But it's going to help my teeth, so I'm not giving up!"

Tamie, 12, Yeovil, England

"I eat lots of sweets, but my teeth are quite healthy and my nan said it looks like I have got false teeth!"

Kyle, 8, Oldham, England

"I brush my teeth almost every day, twice a day, but I hate going to the dentist, I only have about two fillings. My friend went to the dentist recently and a student dentist accidentally drilled into her gum, but she was fine,"

Deniza, 11, Barrow-in-Furness, England

"I have braces and I brush my teeth five times a day - when I wake up, after breakfast, after school, after dinner and before bed! *smile*"

Freya, 12, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I brush my teeth twice a day. I have some baby teeth left. I'm not afraid of the dentist, I have no fillings and I like mouthwash. Last year, when I was in Year 3, we learnt about teeth."

Caz, 8, Manchester

"All of my teeth are perfect. I have lost 16, but my brother chipped one of my permanent teeth one or two years ago. It healed perfectly!"

Alexandra, 10, Berkshire, England

"It's so unfair. My teeth are quite wonky and I really don't like them, but to have braces I would have to pay 1,300 and that's a lot of money for a bit of metal on your teeth."

Lisa, 12, Colchester, England

"I use mouthwash as well as brushing my teeth. I also brush my teeth before I visit the dentist, and when I am bored!!"

Corby, 11, Bury, England

"I like to brush my teeth as they are my permanent teeth and should last me the rest of my life. We have been learning about teeth at school so I know why brushing twice a day is important."

Sadie, 10, Hartlepool, England

"Well I only got my braces off a week go and have had my retainer on and it's really annoying me having to take it in and out."

Ourania, 12, Leeds, England

"When I lost my first tooth I was eating a chewy sweet and it just came out."

Salem, 12, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I have never had a filling in my life! I look after my teeth carefully and visit my dentist a lot! I have a brace and there is nothing to be worried about!"

Rosie, 12, West Sussex, England

"My tooth came out when I was coming home from my gran's and it fell out like magic."

Erin, 11, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I can remember when my first tooth came out. When I found out that it was gonna come out I started to wobble it more and more till it came out!"

Gabrielle, 10, London, England

"When I went to the dentist I had my first filling and it hurt a lot."

Simran, 10, Essex, England

"I make sure I brush my teeth every morning and night. I don't really like going to the dentist."

Yasmin, 8, Merseyside, England

"I brush my teeth in school after lunch with my class so I am never afraid of the dentist because she thinks I have lovely teeth!"

Kathryn, 11, Isle of Benbecula, Scotland

"I try keeping my teeth clean, but I am a massive chocolate fan."

James, 9, Merseyside, England

"I have never had anything wrong with my teeth. I go every six months."

Zack, 10, Lancashire, England

"I need to get braces in the summer ARGH! I'm not really scared of the dentist. When I was little he used to give us stickers!"

Ali, 12, Bristol, England

"I hate going to the dentist and I am going there soon. My friend loves going to the dentist, I should maybe get her to go for me."

Megan, 10, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think brushing is OK but it can get annoying when you get nagged at to get them done. Now that I want to be a dentist I realise that I should brush if I like it or not. Dentists are cool, not scary, so don't be afraid of them!"

Callum, 12, Liverpool, England

"If anyone says they get braces too early at the age of say 12, they're wrong. I've got braces and I'm only 10. Except for my teeth being a bit big, they are perfectly white and I brush three times a day. I've never had any fillings or any other dental treatment except having my train tracks put in!"

Isabel, 10, London, England

"I went to the park, fell off of a zip wire and then got hit in the mouth by it. I chipped half of both my adult front teeth. OUCH!"

Harry, 12, Swindon, England

"I was doing a run and my tooth was loose. At the end of the race I licked my mouth and my tooth was gone! I was really unhappy because I get 15 per tooth I lose!"

Matthew, 11, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

"I have to go to the orthodontist (hospital dentist) because I've got braces, but it was annoying because the braces kept breaking."

Molly, 9, Portsmouth, England

"I brush my teeth three times a day and have no fillings at all, but I am not very keen on the dentist."

Miri, 8, Cambridge, England

"When I did gymnastics I went to take my socks off and I tripped on a mat. I knocked my front tooth out - there was so much blood."

Jackie, 12, Essex, England

"I brush my teeth twice a day and use mouthwash and floss. I like going to the dentist because he always tells me I have a really good set of teeth!"

Harry, 12, Lincoln, England

"I brush my teeth in the morning, after I eat and in the night because I'm a cleanaholic!!!"

Rabiat, 11, Cumbria, England

"I make sure that I brush my teeth every morning. I think that eating all your Easter eggs in one go is pretty mad. I don't think I will be able to eat all mine in one go because I'm not a big fan of chocolate."

Erin, 9, Hertfordshire, England

"I had to get a tooth removed but it had two roots. That meant that it took lots more pulling to come out and I hated the pulling part!"

Amy, 13, Somerset, England

"I'm afraid that if I brush my teeth too hard they will come out."

Hannah, 9, Warwickshire, England

"My first tooth came out when I was chewing on the seatbelt in the car!"

Charlotte, 12, Dundee, Scotland

"I don't get why some people are scared of the dentist. I have good teeth and I brush them twice a day as I should. If you keep your teeth clean then your trips to the dentist will be ok."

Hanna, 9, Dyfed, Wales

"My teeth were fine until I fell off my bike one day. I realised I had chipped half of my adult tooth off. The dentist had to put a false bit on but it's really annoying because the false part won't go white."

Emma, 10, Surrey, England

"I have train tracks on my teeth and I would recommend all people with train tracks to get a special thin brush for in between the teeth. You need to put it under your wires to get out all the food and gunge."

Samantha, 12, Weymouth, England

"I have got loads and loads of gaps in my teeth. Guess what... last night I swallowed my tooth. Ekkkkkk!!!"

Maryam, 10, Birmingham, England

"I normally brush my teeth three times a day because I have braces."

Natasha, 11, East Sussex, England

"I brush my teeth two times a day - I know that you are supposed to brush three times, but I never get the time to do it."

Katy, 12, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland

"The dentist said I have really good teeth and I only have two baby teeth left!"

Katie, 10, Manchester, England

"I brush my teeth twice every day twice and I enjoy going to the dentist. I think the gloves taste disgusting, but I enjoy getting a sticker at the end."

Jessie, 10, Kent, England

"I love the dentist because he always gives me chewing gum."

Georgia, 13, Munich, Germany

"Even though I have had no fillings I sometimes panic 'Oh no we are going to the dentist! HELP!!!!"

Aamina, 12, Batley, Yorkshire

"I have no fillings - whoop! I have 2 brush my teeth 3 times a day because I have 2 retainer bars because when I went 4 a check up my teeth were growing up so I had to get an operation to get them out!!! Don't worry I was asleep. They also took a bit of my jawbone out."

Hayley, 12, Dublin, Ireland

"I hate brushing my teeth but I have too. It makes me gag when I put my toothbrush in my mouth which nearly makes me sick. I hate going to the dentist too! I'm scared of having a filling or pulling my wobbly tooth out!"

Jodie, 11, Redhill, England

"I lost all my baby teeth by year 3 but I did have clean teeth and I got my first tooth when I was very young."

Molly, 12, Broad Oak, England

"I am just dead scared of the dentist."

Harleen, 9, Slough, England

"I have loads of my baby teeth, but I'm not scared of the dentist."

Gemma, 11, London, England

"I am only afraid of the dentist if I have to get a filling. If I'm only going for a check up I'm fine."

Laura, 10, County Durham, England

"When I lost my first tooth I was asleep! When I awoke I was (for some reason I don't know) scared to go back in the bed where I thought the tooth was. It is hilarious when I think about it now!"

Sunaina, 13, London, England

"My tooth just came out last night! There was a lot of blood. I have three huge gaps in my mouth!"

Carissa, 9, London, England

"I brush my teeth daily but am afraid of the dentist."

Chantelle, 11, Glasgow, Scotland

"I don't have any fillings but I still have some baby teeth."

Lorna, 9, Dublin, Ireland

"I am not scared of the dentist, but I am not a fan."

Angharad, 8, Dorchester, England