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Everyone wants a white, healthy smile. You can spend money on chemical-based at-home whitening treatments or just look in your cupboards.  Chances are, you have several natural whitening remedies in your kitchen right now. Here are eight things you can do to whiten your teeth at home, without all of the chemicals.

Brush with baking soda

Baking soda is a natural abrasive that acts as a great all-purpose cleaner. You can use it around your home to clean a variety of surfaces, draw out odors, polish metal surfaces, clean countertops, exfoliate your face and, yes, whiten your teeth. You can either mix a small amount of baking soda with your regular toothpaste or just use it straight with a little water. The baking soda scrubs away surface stains, leaving your teeth whiter.

Take caution when using baking soda to whiten your teeth. The abrasive nature that removes stains can also damage the enamel. This is especially true if you consume a lot of acidic foods and drinks, like lemons, soda and coffee.

Rinse with hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an antiseptic. Rinsing with hydrogen peroxide once a week helps prevent new bacteria from growing in your mouth. Mix a 50/50 solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide with water. The rinse also helps prevent canker sores.

You can also use hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria on your toothbrush; just soak the end of your toothbrush in a cup filled with it for 10 minutes before use. A bacteria-free toothbrush is a great way to start your oral hygiene routine.

Eat chocolate

Chocolate has natural antibacterial properties. Eating chocolate neutralizes bacteria in your mouth, helping prevent tooth decay. For the best results, choose a dark chocolate with a low sugar content.

Eat strawberries

Strawberries contain malic acid, a substance shown to remove stains from teeth. Eating strawberries may help remove stains or at least prevent new stains from forming. To boost the stain removing power of strawberries, crush them up and mix them with baking soda to use as a whitening toothpaste. The previous warning about baking soda still applies. Don’t use this remedy too often or if you have weakened enamel. Strawberries also contain natural sugar, so rinse your mouth thoroughly afterwards to prevent tooth decay.

Eat an apple

Apples stimulate saliva production to help wash away harmful bacteria that can damage or discolor your teeth. They also have a natural abrasive effect to help remove food particles from your teeth. Chewing an apple has a similar effect as brushing your teeth. Like strawberries, apples also contain malic acid, which can naturally remove stains.

Eat dairy products

The lactic acid in dairy products prevents tooth decay and strengthens enamel. Cheese also stimulates saliva production and the fat keeps bacteria from sticking to the teeth. Eating hard cheese after every meal has been shown to promote a healthy smile. Cheese is also high in calcium, which can strengthen teeth and prevent bone loss.

Eat raisins

According to Dr. Oz, raisins stimulate saliva production. As has been mentioned, saliva washes away bacteria and helps neutralize acid.

Have a tooth whitening salad for lunch

Take advantage of all of these delicious foods that whiten and strengthen teeth by combining them into a healthy salad. Mix apple cubes, strawberry quarters and raisins together and top it with a little parmesan cheese. It is sure to be the tastiest thing you have ever done for your teeth.

 

Even though these things can go a long way to giving you a gleaming white smile, it may not be enough if you have significant discoloration. Considering getting your teeth professionally whitened and then use these techniques to maintain it.

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chewing sugar-gum can help reduce the chances of decay starting

For those chewing-gum lovers out there, here’s an interesting piece of good news. Chewing sugar-free gum can actually play an important role in improving your oral health. Surprisingly, sugar-free gum can contribute toward reduction in plaque formation in addition to having a positive impact on a person’s oral hygiene as well as dental care.  Did you know that chewing sugar-free gum can play an important role in remineralizing the tooth surface while preventing dental caries?

Typically, saliva is secreted at a constant rate at around 500ml per day. However, this saliva can be stimulated. If you chew a sugar free gum, the salivary flow rate can be increased by a factor of ten. Apart from clearing your mouth from plaque-forming carbohydrates, this saliva has increased amounts of remineralizing ions as well as bicarbonate for buffering the harmful acids developed from plaque. Using sugar free gum after eating foods can be very helpful in promoting enamel lesions’ remineralization along with reducing the development of caries by around forty percent. Furthermore, this stimulated saliva actually has an increased remineralizing effect on the demineralised enamel.

 

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Bulimia is a health problem that can make you have an uncontrollable binge on food. People who suffer from this eating disorder usually go through a phase of regretting on the foods they’ve overeaten which involves ways like vomiting or overusing laxatives to keep from putting on additional weight. The sufferers may even start over-exercising to get rid of the extra pounds while eating more and more at the same time.
Statistics shows that the percentage of women suffering from bulimia is more than that for men. Parents are mostly concerned about teens that normally develop this condition as a result of emotional stresses or other triggers.
Not only is the condition highly dangerous for your well-being, it is equally devastating for your oral health. So, is it really possible for the dentist to detect if you’ve bulimia? The answer is yes.
Signs a dentist typically looks for…

• Inflammation in the jawline or cheeks
• Front teeth having a clear appearance at their edges or teeth appearing worn from stomach acid
• Dryness or soreness in the tongue
• Bruised mouth’s roof
• Sore throat
• Unusual or impacted tooth enamel

 

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Diet And Oral Health

by on May 3, 2012 | Posted in diet, General dentistry

sugar is bad for teethA number of lifestyle factors as well as an unhealthy diet can be damaging for your oral health. Here are some of the factors that can lead to a poor oral health:

Smoking:

We all know that smoking is a bad habit that is responsible for causing various health conditions. Smoking pipes, cigarettes and cigars can cause gum infections, tooth decay, as well as oral cancer. 

Sugar consumption:

Eating foods or drinking beverages that have a high sugar content can cause infections in the gums, cavities and might even lead to tooth decay. Due to sugar consumption, bacteria easily attack the gums and teeth, leading to formation of plaque on your teeth. If this plaque isn’t removed, it will harden to form tartar that can only be scraped off your teeth by an experienced dentist. 

Alcohol Consumption:

Drinking alcohol adds to dental health issues as it can lead to a dry mouth, which allows germs to attack your gums and teeth. This causes various dental health conditions. 

Medication:

There are some medications, like certain antibiotics that can cause teeth staining. 

Gain or Loss in Weight:

Gain or loss in your weight can negatively affect the way your dentures fit in your mouth. To maintain a proper dental health, it is extremely important to keep your weight in check. A diet rich in high-fibre fruits and veggies can combat tooth decay as well as maintain a healthy weight.

 

 

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The inferences derived from various clinical trials and studies suggest that the people with diabetes have an increased incidence of periodontal disease. The reasons why people with diabetes are more likely to suffer from periodontal disease are not known. However, there are certain factors which are considered as contributing causes:

 1.    People with diabetes have an impaired immune system thereby increasing the risk of periodontal disease.

2.    Diabetic persons are usually obese and the excess body fat may cause production of chemicals which make the gums more prone to develop periodontal disease.

3.     In diabetes the blood vessels are thickened and damaged which impairs the flow of blood to the gums and teeth, making them more likely to experience gum disease.

4.      As the process of healing in diabetic people is also impaired, the gums are also affected and the disease worsens.

5.    Research has proven that smoking increases the risk of periodontal disease many times in diabetic persons. Therefore, the management of diabetic people must include strong recommendations to quit smoking.

6.     It has been noted that due to poor diabetic control the mouth tends to secrete high glucose levels which encourages bacterial growth and thus there are more chances of the development of periodontal disease.

7.    Recent investigations have suggested that periodontal disease influences the control of diabetes.

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diabetes and oral care

People suffering from diabetes have greater chances of developing certain oral health conditions. These usually include the following:

Dry Mouth

Yes, diabetics have more chances of developing an oral condition known as dry mouth, which causes the saliva flow to decrease. This oral health problem often leads to additional issues like soreness, infections, ulcers as well as tooth decay.

Gum health

Diabetics are at higher risk of developing gum inflammation. In addition to affecting white blood cells, diabetes also thickens the blood vessels, affecting the nutrient-flow within the body, as well as the mouth. As a result, the potential of the body of fighting infections is negatively impacted. As periodontitis is categorized as a bacterial infection, diabetics having uncontrolled disease have to suffer from frequent gum problems.

Health of oral tissues

Usually, people with diabetes have another problem that affects the healing potential of oral tissues- especially following dental procedures. This happens because of the impairment of the blood flow in diabetics.

Thrush: Another Complication

Patients of diabetes who heavily rely on antibiotics for fighting a variety of infections are particularly at risk of experiencing fungal infections of oral cavity. This fungus tends to live on the sugar present in the saliva of diabetics.

 

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According to dentists, proper oral care always starts from your home. If you’re engaged in the right oral hygiene practices, which includes daily tooth brushing and regular dental visits, you can prevent great trouble ahead.

So, is there a particular way to eliminate or reduce your chances of developing cavities? Well, when it comes to the prevention of cavities, there’s a lot you can do in terms of plaque removal.  This bacteria layer covering your teeth is the root cause of most dental problems and the most ideal way of combating these bacteria is regular tooth brushing, which should be done at least 2 times throughout the day. Apart from removing plaque, this habit will also take care of your gums by stimulating the gums and preventing oral problems.

Did you know that there are certain toothpastes containing abrasives, foaming agents and even detergents? But, it’s fluoride that plays an active role in cavity prevention. So, make a note of that- especially when it comes to buying your toothpaste.

If plaque isn’t removed on time, it takes the form of tartar that has even more harmful effects on your teeth and gum health. So, a great idea would be to look for anti-tartar toothpastes in the market. Also, make sure that you focus near your salivary glands while brushing your teeth as it tends to slowdown the buildup of new tartar.

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Tooth Health: Fizzy Drinks & Teeth

by on April 3, 2012 | Posted in diet

Have you ever counted the number of pop or soda glasses you consume every day? While fizzy drinks are simply irresistible for most people, they are one of the major contributors to most dental and health problems.

A majority of fizzy drinks have sugar in surplus amounts that participates in tooth decay and other dental problems. But, how could a single glass of pop harm you? You may not know this but just one glass actually has sugar in an amount equal to around three to four chocolate bars. Now, you can easily imagine the harmful effects the continuous supply of excessive sugar will have on your teeth.

Apart from excessive levels of sugar, most fizzy drinks contain phosphoric acid along with citric acid that actually offers a sour flavor to the drinks you consume. These acids are actively involved in tooth enamel erosion, which can have severe dental health consequences. Once your enamel has softened, the erosion from these acids starts at a much faster rate, which keeps on weakening your teeth as time goes on.

At the end of the day, limiting your intake of sugary beverages is the most ideal solution for preventing severe consequences. Remember, good oral hygiene practices combined with regular dental checkups will always keep you away from getting into dental trouble.

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