Se­crets to a sparkling smile!

These easy oral- care tweaks help pre­serve enamel for brighter, health­ier teeth

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Chew be­fore you brush! Brush­ing your teeth af­ter you eat can push enamel-erod­ing acids deeper into the tooth. In­stead? Chew sugar-free gum for 20 min­utes. The ex­tra saliva pro­duced by chew­ing gum is proven to neu­tral­ize the acids that weaken enamel. Clean your tongue! Us­ing a tongue scraper twice a day for seven days has been study-proven to de­crease the oral bac­te­ria that con­trib­ute to enamel ero­sion. Bonus? It helps

pre­vent bad breath! Try: GUM Dual-ac­tion Tongue Cleaner (Wal­greens.com). Switch to this tooth­paste! Brush­ing with an arginine­in­fused tooth­paste helps “fill” tiny holes on the enamel so teeth are stronger and brighter af­ter just one use, ac­cord­ing to re­cent re­search. Try: Tom’s of Maine Rapid Re­lief Sen­si­tive Tooth­paste ( Wal­mart.com).

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