20 tips for sparkling white teeth

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20 tips for sparkling white teeth
« on: August 29, 2013, 02:48:19 PM »
Your teeth not only help you to talk and chew, they also change the way you look. The dental market today is flooded with teeth whiteningprocedures and expensive teeth treatments that promise you perfect pearly whites but we give you 20 tips to help your smile to sparkle naturally.

Stay away from mouthwash, coffee and sodas
Coffee, sodas and sometimes even mouthwash causes yellow stains to your teeth. Hence we must stay away from the same.

Brush at least twice a day

Brushing is very essential at least twice in a day as it removes the plaque and bacteria that sticks to your teeth and gaps and ends up staining your teeth. Thus to avoid staining, brushing is a must.

Eat fruits
Sometimes when you tend to be in a hurry and miss out on brushing your teeth, it's recommended to eat fibrous fruits that act as a natural brush for your teeth. Citrus fruit act as natural stain remover as they cause the mouth to produce more saliva, which help clean the teeth and whiten them. Also fruits rich in vitamin C like strawberries, kiwis strengthen your gums. Apple and pears are also very useful as they have a high content of water in it that stimulates saliva.

Many people are apprehensive towards the concept of flossing as they fear it might lead to bleeding gums. But if done carefully and patiently it can help you maintain your dental health and in return helps avoid staining your teeth.

Dairy products, cheese and yogurt
Dairy products decreases gum disease and helps to develop and maintain the whiteness of our teeth. Along with protecting and strengthening the enamel, hard cheeses like cheddar, is more effective at cleaning and whitening the teeth than softer cheeses.

Sesame seeds
Sesame seeds destroy plaque and help in building tooth enamel. They're also rich in calcium, which helps preserve the bone around your teeth and gums. Sunflower seeds are a good source of fibre, protein and vitamin E. They also provide important minerals such as magnesium. Chewing sunflower seeds also prevent bad breath and eventually protect your teeth from staining.

Use a straw
Using a straw can prevent you from getting stains on the teeth. While drinking any coloured drink it will help prevent teeth from stains. This is because the application of straw causes the drink to reach behind the mouth, without coming in contact with your teeth.

Vegetables rich in vitamin A like broccoli, carrots, pumpkin, etc. helps in formation of the teeth enamel. It's best to eat these vegetables raw as they naturally massages gums and clean between the teeth and maintain the whiteness of the teeth.

Use lemon and salt mixture
Lemon and salt mixture will get you sparkling teeth as lemon naturally contains citric acid and while adding with salt it works better. To get white teeth, regularly brush your teeth with this paste.

Use new brush every two months
It is very important to change your tooth brush at regular intervals to get the best results. After a period of time, the bristles become too harsh and spoil the enamel of your teeth which lead to stains to your teeth.

Maintain your calcium intake
Calcium intake helps in strengthening your teeth and maintaining the texture of the teeth.

Keep your brush at least 6 feet away from the toilet
It is strongly recommended that a tooth brush should be kept at least 6 feet away from the toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush. It helps in maintaining dental hygiene and avoids in causing any harm to your teeth.

Visit the dentist regularly
It is mandatory to visit your dentist to have best results for your teeth. People, who have missed cleanings throughout the year, actually end up with damaged or worse teeth then those who go on a regular basis.

Teeth whitening treatments
Teeth whitening treatments are undertaken in case you stain your teeth badly and are not curable by using home remedies. It whitens your teeth to a great extent.

Use strong minty toothpaste
Toothpaste with a lot of mint in it has proven to be helpful in whitening your teeth. It does not show immediate results but over a period of time it has shown positive results.

Hereditary reasons
Many times people tend to stain their teeth due to hereditary reasons which they are completely unaware of. Hence it is important to visit the dentist and know the right reason for stains on your teeth.

Avoid high dosage of antibiotics
High dosage of antibiotics has lead to discolouring of teeth. So it is important to avoid unnecessary intake of antibiotics.

Use sonic toothbrush
A sonic toothbrush will end up doing most of the work for you. With the manual toothbrush, people usually brush harder and end up hurting their teeth more. This actually leads to erosion in the gum area and can increase tooth wear. However, using a sonic toothbrush will help you avoid these problems and prove to be useful in keeping your teeth white.

Teeth whitening kits
Teeth whitening kits prove helpful in maintaining the whiteness of your teeth. Consult your dentist to know which brand is the safest and has no side effects.

Improve improper metabolism
Improper metabolism also leads to discolouring of your teeth. It must be taken care of by correcting your eating habits, exercising regularly and avoiding extreme stress.
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Offline Kanij Nahar Deepa

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Re: 20 tips for sparkling white teeth
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2013, 02:50:56 PM »
Keep your brush at least 6 feet away from the toilet...:/
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