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7 Ways To Whiten Your Teeth, Without Professional Help

DIY Whiten TeethYour precious teeth. You know they’ve got the right to be as white as they can.

You’ve looked and looked in the mirror…..then looked some more, willing them to be their whitest.

But, to no avail.

Actually, the answer may be a lot easier than you’d expect.

There are two paths to a whiter, brighter smile

  • slow, steady, continuous–things you can do to improve your smile
  • faster, as-needed (or wanted)–whitening products and whitening options dental professionals can provide.

Your results will be better and last longer if you do both.

Here are the “slow and steady”, but very effective, ways:

1. Use an electric toothbrush

A good quality electric toothbrush will not only clean your teeth and gums more effectively, it will also remove stain better than a manual toothbrush (unless you’ve got sonic hands), especially when combined with a whitening toothpaste.

2. Floss

There just doesn’t seem to be getting away from this one, is there?

If keeping plaque and gum-disease away are not enough motivation, think of it this way: with last night’s dinner still stuck between your teeth, how are your toothpaste and toothbrush bristles going to remove stain?

3. Modify soda and other dark liquid consumption

Dark liquids may excite your taste buds, but in terms of stain (and many, to your general health)–they’re doing you no favors. One solution is to use a straw to drink them, which reduces exposure to stain.

Of course, it’s not exactly a classy way to enjoy a glass of red wine (the waiter at Chez Paree might frown), so try a different solution–sip some water right after, and be sure to brush as soon as possible.

It also helps to drink your sodas and ice teas in a few minutes rather than sipping on them for hours.

4. Curb/quit smoking

If vanity can ever be the final straw, let it be for white teeth. Smoking will take your teeth nowhere but the dark side. Cut back on (or cut out) smoking and the stain will go with it. Pipe stains can be especially tenacious.

5. Eat raw fruits and vegetables

The most delicious tip of the bunch. Crunchy foods like raw apples and celery, and fruits like strawberries have natural stain-removal properties. If you eat these foods anyway, give yourself bonus points!

6. Keep up with your dental visits

Those dental tools may not be much to look at but boy, in the right hands–like your dentist’s or dental hygienist’s–not only do they provide better oral health but get to nooks and crannies you can’t.

Stay on schedule with your teeth cleaning and check up appointments and they’ll get your pearlies spruced up before stain gets out of hand.

7. Start early

Don’t shoot the messenger, but……age definitely contributes to staining of teeth. With the exception of internal stain due to antibiotics or other developmental reasons, external stain is a factor of our oral care and diet, and gets more stubborn over time.

Start good habits (as listed above) early, and maintain them, and you’ll reap the fruits of your labor for years to come.

Ready for a brighter smile? Then get started on these tips today. Combine them with professional whitening, and you’ve not only got a winning combination, but a winning smile too 🙂

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Screw It, Go Ahead and Wine; It’s Good For You

In ancient times, there was once a large kingdom in a land called Persia. One day, the King’s daughter, the Princess, went against her father’s wishes and fell out of his good graces.

Mortified and deeply distressed, she saw no other choice than to take her own life. She decided to poison herself.

On the way to her rooms, she happened to pass by the kitchen and saw some table grapes that had “spoiled” in a jar. She grabbed the jar and ate the offending grapes.

But instead of dying, she became intoxicated and fell asleep. When she woke she found that all her stresses and worries had disappeared. Excited, she shared her discovery with the King, and fell back into his good graces. The King then commanded his court to produce “spoiled grapes” in abundance.

The Princess had thus discovered wine.

Fast forward a few thousand years, and we are still fascinated by it. Wine is consumed all over the world, and considered an essential component of entertainment as well as meals. That much vi no.

Modern studies, however, have found that this ancient discovery does more than tantalize our taste buds and relax us.

Wine (important: in moderation) has been documented to raise good cholesterol, prevent blood clotting and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Other benefits include preventing some types of cancer and links to lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

So how Merlot can you go?

Actually, we’re going to aim a little higher.

Recent research indicates that wine has an antibacterial effect on bacteria in the mouth responsible for dental plaque, a major factor in cavity formation and periodontal disease, as well as sore throats.

Who woulda thunk that Cabernet could be a cabern-yay?

I’ll spare you the techno-jargon (I snoozed over most of it myself), but it’s the non-alcoholic ingredients that are key players.

Organic compounds in wine, such as flavanoids and resveratol, act as antioxidants , and a variety of others limit oral bacteria.

Antioxidants prevent free radicals from causing damage to our cells, whether it be our skin (think anti-aging) or our gums if inflamed (as in gum disease).

Red wine seems to have an edge over white, but just slightly.

Right about now, if you’re fantasizing about ditching your floss permanently for a glass, I hate to burst your bubble.

Close . . . but no Shiraz.

Keeping those pearlies and their supporting cast healthy needs good home care, and for best results, regular maintenance with your dentist.

Aww shucks. I can already hear you wining.

It’s okay, you don’t have to stop 😉

    ” What is the definition of a good wine? It should start and end with a smile.”

           ~ William Sokolin

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