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Tooth discoloration – tips to prevent it

To prevent yellow teeth you have to keep a proper dental hygiene. There are some tips how take care for our teeth:

a/ You should be brushing at least two or three times a day. Brushing your teeth is one of the most effective ways for removing plaque from the exposed surfaces of your teeth. Contrary to what you might think, a gentle brushing with a soft-bristle toothbrush is just more effective than a vigorous scrubbing with a stiff-bristle toothbrush.

b/ You have to brush your teeth within an hour of eating or drinking anything that may stain them.

c/ You also need to remember to have dental cleanings at least once a year.

d/ Brush your teeth for 3 minutes. Brushing must be a 2-3 minutes activity with special care to clean on the inside surfaces of the teeth. Using a fluoridated tooth paste is recommended.

e/ When you brush, position the head of the toothbrush toward your gums at a 45 degree angle. Move the brush back and forth gently in short strokes. In the same gentle back and forth motions, brush the outside areas of your upper and lower front teeth. Then brush the biting (chewing) surfaces and the inside (the side facing your tongue) of your upper and lower back teeth. The next step is to brush the inside areas (the side facing your tongue) of your upper and lower front teeth with the tip of the brush using gentle up and down strokes. In the end brush your tongue. This will fresh your breath and remove bacteria.

f/ Floss daily. Brushing alone isn’t enough to clean all of the plaque from the surface of your teeth. Interproximal areas (those places in between your teeth) are spots where the toothbrush can’t reach and plaque can build up. These are areas that are more susceptible to cavities.

g/ Use your teeth only for chewing food (cracking nut shells, chewing pen caps and tearing off clothing tags can crack enamel, dislodge fillings or loosen teeth).

h/ Another simple tip to make your teeth a topic of envy among others, is to eat sugarcane daily.

i/ Change your toothbrush every three months.

Some remedies for yellow teeth:

- Rub the white part of an orange peel along your teeth.

- Brush your teeth with baking soda.

- Using a Q-Tip, dab hydrogen peroxide onto the surface of your teeth, being careful to avoid your gums or you might have irritation.

- Strawberry pulp is supposed to have a natural bleaching effect, and it tastes better than baking soda.

- Salt can be used to brush your teeth. You can also try mixing salt, baking soda and water together. But be careful, because the salt is very abrasive and could cause mouth pain and weakened enamel.

- Rinse your mouth with a vinegar/water solution. Use white vinegar instead of the red vinegar.

- For yellowish teeth treatment, you can also rub together a mixture of turmeric powder, powdered salt and lime juice on it. Repeating this process for about 15-16 days will bring back the natural glow.

- Drink white wine and light spirits as vodka, instead of red wine, rum or whisky.

- Eat white meat instead of red meat.

- Prepare white sauces instead of dark sauces.

- Drink white grape fruit instead of purple grapefruit.

- Have vanilla ice cream instead of chocolate ice cream.

Here, some cleansing foods for teeth:

Vegetables and fresh fruits like orange, melon, pineapple, pear, tangerine, grapefruit, canned fruits, natural fruit and vegetable juices, carrots, cucumber, broccoli, celery and tomatoes can help you naturally clean your teeth. Grains and some bakery like sugar free cereals, butter free popcorn, bread and cookies are other solution which makes our teeth look healthier and brighter. Milk and milk products (skimmed milk, skimmed yogurt and fat free cheese) as well. Meat, seeds and pizza also do not harm the color of our teeth. Chicken, turkey, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and nuts are good cleansing foods. Follow these nutritional tips for white teeth and will not suffer yellow teeth.

Dental myths about teeth

- White teeth are healthier teeth

We might think they look pretty, but many specialists say that teeth aren’t meant to be pure white. You can help to keep your teeth as white as possible by brushing regularly with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing. Avoiding food and drinks which can stain teeth, such as tea, coffee and red wine, will also help to keep them white.

- I have to see a dentist every six months

It depends on your oral health. Usually the dentist recommends how often you should come in for check-ups.

- Bad breath is only caused by not brushing your teeth properly.

In fact, 85-90% of bad breath also called halitosis is caused by bad oral hygiene. But smoking, certain foods and, rarely, an underlying disease can also make our breath smell bad. Regular brushing, flossing, eating and drinking healthily and taking plenty of exercise are the best route to sweet-smelling breath.

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  1. on March 15th, 2008 at 10:06 am

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