SUN’S OUT, GUMS OUT

Not quite the say­ing, but it’s true: sunny weather seems to cre­ate more In­sta mo­ments than usual, so we prod­ded den­tal ex­perts for sum­mer-smile tips

Women's Health (South Africa) - - DISCUSS -

FOL­LOW THE ONE­FOR-ONE RULE

“Sug­ary, acidic bev­er­ages, like rosé, strip your teeth of key min­er­als, weak­en­ing enamel and putting you at risk for ero­sion. To help pre­vent sugar from cling­ing to your teeth and acid from sit­ting in your mouth, drink a glass of wa­ter for each glass of wine you sip.” – Dr Chrys­tle Cu

LIGHTEN TO BRIGHTEN

“We all want white teeth, es­pe­cially for sum­mer. The best at-home prod­ucts have per­ox­ide, as it tack­les be­low-sur­face stains. But nat­u­ral op­tions are ev­ery­where. Char­coal can help re­move tem­po­rary sur­face stains, such as those from red wine, tea and cof­fee.” – Dr Geri Robin

CHOMP FOR YOUR CHOM­PERS

“The more you sweat, the less saliva you may pro­duce – blame de­hy­dra­tion. The prob­lem with that? Saliva has pro­teins and min­er­als that re­build enamel, plus an­timi­cro­bial prop­er­ties to kill bac­te­ria. Eat crunchy veg­gies, like cel­ery, to keep spit go­ing.” – Dr Joshua Turn­bull

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