Friday, September 6, 2013

5 Teeth Whitening Advice You Must Not Ignore

Everyone longs for those pearly white teeth but unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with them throughout their lifetime. For some, yellow teeth comes naturally so it's not as easy 1-2-3 for them to get their teeth whitened. You would be surprised to know that the natural color of teeth is not actually white but yellow. So it's not only your habits that cause your teeth to stain. Regardless of what kind of situation you are in, here are five of the best teeth whitening advice you should heed to when you start your dental routines every day.

1. Floss and scrape
Many people don't realize how important it is to floss their teeth. Don't think your dental routine is over after you brush your teeth. There will still be stuff left in your teeth that won't pluck off until you floss. There are two ways to floss: water flossing and dental flossing. Most of you would probably have heard of the dental floss. It's a piece of string you move back and forth between each tooth. However, I find water picks to be a more effective way of flossing. Basically, a water pick device shoots out a stream of water from a pointed tip and that water shoots out any food particles lodged in your mouth. Water picks are also highly effective for people affected by dental conditions such as impacted wisdom teeth so it's well worth the investment.

2. Avoiding certain food and beverages
There are certain types of foods and beverages that are likely to encourage to staining on your teeth. Such food and beverages include every day favorites such as coffee, chocolate, and red wine. This doesn't mean you should avoid these food and drinks altogether. It just means you will either have to limit the consumption of these things. The general rule of thumb is, if it stains your white t-shirt, it will stain your teeth as well. If possible, brush or rinse your teeth soon after you finish with these staining food and drinks so there is less of a chance for those staining substances to settle on your teeth surface. On top of these staining food and drinks, you should also avoid types that encourage the growth of cavities and plaque. For example, artificial candy is a good example of what you should avoid eating. Plaque produces bacteria which slowly eat away at your teeth. Eventually, your teeth will be in such a bad state because its protective layer is all worn out. Change your eating habits when you still have a chance!

3. Avoid other bad habits like smoking
Your eating habits aren't the only things you have to be concerned about. Smoking is a prime culprit of yellow teeth. Yes, I sympathize with those who have already tried but failed to stop their smoking addiction but you got to put more effort into it. It doesn't come as a huge surprise that chain smokers generally have the worst teeth in the community.

4. Brush effectively for at least two minutes
Don't just pick up your toothbrush for a few seconds. You need to brush your teeth effectively for at least two minutes! Those sediments aren't going to become unstuck if you only spend less than a minute brushing your teeth. Some toothpaste also require a bit more time for its whitening efforts to take place. You know how a lot of teeth whitening products like whitening strips require you to spend at least 30 minutes + applying the product? Well, teeth whitening toothpaste generally use the same ingredients as those products but at a lesser concentration so you can imagine how little of an effect it would have on your teeth if you don't spend at least two minutes.

5. Dental check ups
I can't stress this enough. Go for a dental checkup at least once a year. I ended up having to spend thousands the last time I went to see my dentist because I neglected to have my teeth professionally cleaned for a few years. Those with healthy teeth usually only require a minor treatment called scaling (basically scraping off any stains or plaque on your teeth).

Follow these five points and you will be sure to maintain healthy teeth for the rest of your life! Remember, the condition of your teeth reaches out to your overall health so don't just ignore it as if it counts for nothing. For example, the condition of your teeth has an effect on how well you sleep!

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