I’m A Celebrity contestant Helen Flanagan has admitted that she brushes her teeth more often than necessary and was surprised to find that this is actually doing more harm than good. Due to her smoking, the former Coronation Street actress is said to be ‘obsessed’ with keeping her teeth clean so that they don’t become yellow from the nicotine – apparently she brushes up to ten times a day, according to The Sun newspaper.
The 22-year-old always carries a toothbrush and toothpaste with her wherever she goes but does not attend regular dental appointments due to fear of the dentist; she tweeted last week ‘Just been to the dentist I dragged myself there been avoiding it for ages as I get too scared can’t bear it. And because im obsessed with brushing my teeth its made them too sensitive as I’ve attacked my enamel and I’ve still got two baby teeth. (sic)’
A source confirmed the news, telling The Sun; ‘Helen is paranoid. She is always scrubbing away – sometimes up to ten times a day. She was stunned to be told she’s causing more harm than good.’
The enamel on our teeth can be damaged by tooth paste that contains harsh abrasives – as many whitening products do – and Helen could be causing irreversible problems if she brushes too soon after eating as well – this is when the enamel is most vulnerable and can easily be worn down with over-brushing. To improve the shade of teeth, professional teeth whitening or dental veneers could be carried out which are far more effective than over-brushing.