3 Things You’re Not Doing That Are Wrecking Your Teeth

Sun’s out, gums out.


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

Follow the one-for-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

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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

Try Back 2 Nature Activated Charcoal Toothpaste. Think: Coconut oil to banish bacteria, baking soda to brush away stains and bentonite to remineralise. Activated charcoal is a natural teeth whitener. Available at Faithful-To-Nature.co.za

We’re also loving Olgani Mighty Cocoa Toothpaste – cocoa’s theobromine helps sensitive teeth without the use of fluoride. It also helps to speed up the remineralisation of teeth. Plus: The activated charcoal helps keep your teeth stain-free! Available at Fathful-To-Nature.co.za

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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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