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Beauty goes way beyond mascara and lipstick. There are supplements to improve skin health, gym sessions that give you a glow makeup can only hope to achieve and if you look after your teeth properly, your smile will shine brightest. You could opt for a bit of teeth whitening, but to do that properly you generally have to shell out a pretty penny. An easier and cheaper way to keep teeth healthy naturally is to look after your enamel (the outermost protective layer). Enamel erosion is one of the main causes of cavities, yellowing, transparency, weakness and sensitivity. The break down of enamel happens to everyone, but by following our step-by-step plan, you can stop it in its tracks.
Step 1: Brush teeth for two minutes twice a day
We should hope you do this one already! If not, hang your head in shame. We recommend using Regenerate Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste. This is one part of the seriously clever dental care system that helps reverse the early signs of enamel erosion. Make sure you’re actually brushing for the full time. Either use the stopwatch on your phone or download the NHS Brush DJ app, which plays music for exactly two minutes so that you know when to spit.
Step 2: Floss once a day
Don’t lie; we know you aren’t doing this every day (as does your dentist). However, it’s such an important step, because brushing alone only gets to the fronts backs and tops of the teeth. Flossing gets into the nooks and crannies to remove sticky bacteria and plaque. Plaque actually produces acid, which destroys enamel. Take between 30 and 45cm of floss and do eight to ten strokes either side of each tooth.
Step 3: Use an enamel rebuilding serum
This should be done on three consecutive evenings each month. The only one that’s been clinically proven to work is the Regenerate Enamel Science Advance Enamel Serum. Pop a layer of NR5 Serum (the smart stuff that helps to rebuild your enamel) into each of the rather sexy mouth guards and then a layer of the activator gel. Mix the concoction up, then put both mouth pieces in for three minutes (we suggest using this time to moisturise your entire body before bed). Doing this three times a month dramatically increases protection against the effects of early enamel erosion.
Step 4: Avoid acidic foods
Be wary of what you eating and drinking as well in the fight against enamel loss. Do you like wine, sparkling water, grapefruit and coffee? Well then it’s time to start thinking outside of the acidic-box and skip anything with a low PH. If you feel like you can’t forgo your 4pm fizzy drink pick me up, then sip it through a straw – meaning the acidic liquid spends as little time in your mouth as possible. If you eat a particularly acidic meal (for example, anything with tomatoes, like pasta sauces) rinse your mouth with water after meals to neutralize the effect.
Step 5: Visit your dentist regularly
You’d be surprised by what is considered ‘regular’. It’s actually only really once a year if your teeth are in good condition. If there’s anything your dentist wants to keep an eye on, then they normally ask to see you once every four months.