IN THE BATH­ROOM

Women's Health (South Africa) - - BEST BODY -

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Vig­or­ous post-meal brush­ing can drive food acids deeper into your teeth. ORAL UP­GRADE: Wait 30 min­utes, then use a soft-bris­tled brush to lightly scrub in tiny cir­cles for two min­utes.

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Teeth whiten­ing could land you in tingly­tooth ter­ri­tory. ORAL UP­GRADE: Limit ses­sions to twice a year. If you’re us­ing a DIY kit, ask your den­tist for a rec­om­men­da­tion.

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Speak­ing of whiten­ing, some bleaches in pastes can ag­gra­vate an achy mouth. Ditto for abra­sive bak­ing­soda va­ri­eties. ORAL UP­GRADE: If you get zingers, pick a “sen­si­tive” for­mula; over time, it’ll help block nerve open­ings.

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Den­tal check-ups are key to oral health. But if your root sur­face has be­come ex­posed and your den­tist is scrap­ing off tar­tar, it can cause sen­si­tiv­ity. ORAL UP­GRADE: When brush­ing, give ex­tra love to the in­side of your lower front teeth – a prime tar­tar­build-up spot.

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