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How to Have Perfectly White Teeth

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

How to Have Perfectly White Teeth

 

When looking at someone’s face, they can have the perfect features all over, but one smile can ruin it all. That is, if they don’t have healthy teeth. Of course we all want to know that our teeth are visually perfect, but that is impossible if our teeth aren’t first and foremost healthy. Bleaching and aligning teeth that are dying from the inside is far from a sustainable solution, and here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Proper diet

We all know that sugar is bad for our teeth, but do we know why? Sugar (and precisely white, processed sugar) sticks to our teeth and quickly reacts with the environment of our mouth to turn into acid that starts eating away at our teeth. This is why it’s crucial to cut down on sugary sweets, and especially those that have a lot of direct contact with our mouth like lollipops. The second villain is sodas. You really shouldn’t drink soda for any reason – since it literally has nothing nutritious for you – but it also contains dangerous chemicals that corrode our teeth. On the other hand, eating plenty of fruit available in the sunny Australia climate and making sure you’re getting enough calcium will get you on the right track towards a healthy smile. Lastly, while we’re on the topic of food, it’s important to address some foods that can seriously stain our teeth. Coffee drinkers, I’m looking at you. Dark drinks like coffee, black tea and red wine can stain our teeth, but so can many berries. So especially right after teeth bleaching, you want to stay as far away from these as possible.

Crooked teeth

There is a plethora of reasons why someone might have crooked teeth: from genetics to injury that induced trauma, our jaws and teeth can misalign, making them lay diagonally when they should be going straight, or laying on top of each other. Sometimes, crooked teeth can be a simple aesthetic problem, but they can also give you an underbite or overbite, as well as cause pain. Many people don’t want to get braces because of the in-progress look of them, but you can get fitted with Invisalign in Maroubra and achieve the effect of braces without it ever being noticed. They are sets of invisible, removable aligners that you can take out whenever you want, but they are so unnoticeable that you won’t have any problems keeping them in for longer periods of time. There are also versions for teens, who are notorious for wanting to avoid braces because of their appearance.

Good dental hygiene

The number one way to get and maintain a healthy smile is to do the work and never be lazy when it comes to taking care of dental hygiene. Make sure you brush your teeth after every meal, and floss to make sure you don’t have any bits of food stuck between your teeth that can cause cavities. You also want to make sure you visit a dentist for regular check-ups, because if you wait for a tooth to start aching before you go – you’re too late. The damage would be far smaller if the problem was found before it started to hurt. Your dentist can also spot some symptoms in your oral health that can be very useful warning signs for other health issues.

 

It’s important to remember that healthy teeth are not only important for aesthetic reasons, but they are a vital part of a good diet, since they help us chew our food, as well as help us communicate properly. So make sure you give them the attention and care they deserve.

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How Oral Health Affects Your Body

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

How Oral Health Affects Your Body

 

It is a well-known fact by now that your oral health affects the overall health of your body. However, many people stop right there and do not delve into the mechanics, causes and effects that hide behind this statement. Since many people tend to have bad habits when it comes to taking care of their mouth area, it is more crucial than ever to push these facts to the forefront, so read on to find out how oral health affects your body.

Your mouth – the endless war zone

Believe it or not, your oral cavity is teeming with bacteria all the time. This is not a fact that should alarm you – it is the natural state of your body and your immune system has adapted to this state of affairs. In fact, if your immunity is forged well and it functions normally, brushing teeth and flossing on a daily basis should be enough to keep the bacteria population in your mouth under control.

If the bacteria in your mouth multiply, they can cause an infection in your teeth and gums. As your body fights this infection, inflammation becomes more pronounced and, along with the released chemicals that corrode your bone structure and destroy your gums, you get periodontitis – the gum disease.

The connection between periodontitis and your heart

It might come as a shock to some that medical research indicates a strong connection between periodontal disease and heart disease. In fact, prolonged periodontitis increases the risk of stroke and heart attack.

Even though consistent scientific results have shown that people with gum problems have a whopping 19 percent increased risk of developing heart problems and cardiovascular disease, another shocking fact is that the reason for this link is not yet absolutely clear.

Overall, it is implied that any serious inflammation that lasts for too long is a risk factor for heart disease, and periodontitis is especially tricky because, once it settles in, it is exceptionally hard to cure it.

The connection between your oral health and diabetes

This relentless inflammation weakens the body’s ability to control blood sugar. In other words, it impairs the body’s ability to utilize insulin, an important hormone that converts sugar from your body into energy. This puts a heavy emphasis on the connection between the “unholy triumvirate” – periodontitis, heart disease and diabetes. In many ways, once the problems in your mouth become overcomplicated, you are sitting on a ticking time-bomb of health issues.

This is why it is crucial to overcome your fear of dentists and do all the necessary operations. An effective therapy for root canal in Sydney can save your teeth, and invasive operative procedures and a program of antibiotics therapy can do a proficient damage control in a timely manner.

The alarming pregnancy connection

Gum disease is especially dangerous during pregnancy. It does not only cause inflammation the body is compelled to fight, it also increases the chance of premature birth. The infection interferes with the development of the fetus and causes the body to push it out too early – which increases the risk of health problems for the baby such as heart conditions, lung conditions and learning disorders.

Plaque in your lungs

Some people think plaque is just tooth dirt, but it is much more dangerous than you’d initially imagine. If you do not clean it out, you will eventually end up breathing in enough plaque to cause bacteria to settle into your alveoli and cause a respiratory disease. The risk factor for this is especially high if you already have a condition that puts a lot of stress on your immune system, like allergies, so stay vigilant about the amassing tooth dirt.

Your mouth is, in many ways, a window to your body. The bacteria and the level of inflammation in your oral cavity indicate or predict numerous health issues that can impact your future in significant ways. This is why you have to pay extra attention to your oral health and make sure to wash, floss, and brush and visit the dentist on a regular basis.

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Holiday Gift Wish List- Dr. Brite Natural Teeth Whitening Kits

Holiday Gift Wish List- Dr. Brite Natural Teeth Whitening Kits

Here we take a look at another hot item on the gift wish list!

What a great stocking-stuffer! Give the gift of a beautiful smile this season. Dr. Brite is the all-natural whitening system to give a bright and healthy smile without any harsh side-effects. I’ve personally used this product and the results are surprising. It’s no doubt that its on the hot list this year.

Proof is in the toothpaste. I got better results on eliminating stains deep down than with other products on the market. The best part, I got better results on healing sensitivity than using a sensitivity toothpaste. And we’ve all been there, after whitening your teeth sensitivity tends to happen, but not with this product.

I wanted to wait until after my latest dentist checkup before I admitted my love for this product, so after my six-month checkup, I was surprised when they told me my gums were in better shape than before!

I’m so impressed with this product, I asked Dr. Brite to build a special Black Friday sale for our readers, so all of you could take advantage of trying this toothpaste.

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Six of the Best Tips For a Happy and Healthy Smile

Six of the Best Tips For a Happy and Healthy Smile

For many of us, visiting the dentist can feel like a bit of a chore. It can be painful and a bit awkward. But having regular appointments is needed to make sure that you stay on top of your oral health. Not only will it mean a better smile in the short term, but will save you a lot of money in the long term. Teeth and dentistry can be expensive to fix if there are problems. So in between visits, it is important to stay on top of your oral health and take care of your teeth. Then when you do visit the dentist, you don’t have to dread it! You can just have a check-up and leave. So here are some of the best ways to keep your teeth looking their best, and making sure that your whole mouth is kept healthy.

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Brush 2-3 Times a Day

Most of us know that we should brush twice a day for healthy teeth and gums. But really, the more you can do it the better. When you do it first thing in the morning and last things at night it will help. But if you can do it in between those times that it will help even more. After lunch could be a good time to do it as it is evenly spread throughout the day. Anything to keep your teeth looking their best.

Brush Down

If you’re a side to side brusher, then that is fine. But if you brush up and down, then you might need to rethink your technique. Brushing up can cause damage to your gums, as they are pretty sensitive. So if they are being pushed out of place at every angle, then it can be detrimental. Always brush down, rather than up.

See Other Specialists

Having regular appointments with your dentist is a must. Every six months is ideal really. If you can, try to see other specialists too. If you have problems with your the alignment of your teeth, then perhaps consult an orthodontist to advise. If you get bleeding gums quite regularly or aren’t too sure about things like flossing, then seeing a hygienist could be the best idea for you. They will all just help you to get a healthy mouth, that looks just as you want it to.

Use a Straw

It can be hard to get all of your drinks through a straw. But if you can, then it will help you avoid staining your teeth. It also helps the sugar and additives in drinks to stay away from your teeth. That being said, if you can avoid drinks that can damage your teeth, then it would be even better.

Don’t Use Teeth as a Tool

How many of us have used our teeth to open things like packages, or even worse, bottle tops? It might work, but it doesn’t mean that you should be doing it. It can be quite detrimental to your teeth when you do this and can make them weaker. Even worse is that they could get chipped too.

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The Best Things In Life Are Free (Kinda)

The Best Things In Life Are Free (Kinda)

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Sometimes, the best things in life are the things that the earth gives us. We don’t have to expand or develop on the things that it grows or produces in order for it to be something that we can use or adapt to our lifestyle. While this sounds a bit cryptic, we are probably missing out on quite a lot in our lives simply by skimming over the basics and leaning towards more complicated products – and it simply doesn’t have to be this way.

Products: Toothpaste and toothbrush

Swap for: Miswak or Charcoal

Swapping your toothpaste and toothbrush for miswak is like taking a step in the right direction. Miswak https://miswakclub.com/ comes from the Peeru tree and is harvested with your teeth’s health in mind. It naturally releases antiseptics, oils and sodium bicarbonate to help you achieve a whiter smile and fresher breath without having to use toothpaste or even water. There have been many reports to the benefits of charcoal powder used to whiten teeth too, and while it may seem counterproductive putting something black on your teeth in order to get them to a lighter and brighter colour, it’s one of those strange things in life that actually works … just don’t question it.

Products: Shampoo and conditioner

Swap for: Kitchen ingredients

You don’t have to be going to the store and investing in the latest shampoos and conditioners. Chances are that you already have the ingredients readily available in your kitchen to make your own. Generally speaking, the fewer ingredients you use, the better; you don’t want to overcomplicate matters by adding in stuff that isn’t necessary. A lot of people have cited coconut oil as the thing that works wonders for their hair, and olive oil and honey are constant contenders in the best ranked products that you can slather on your scalp. Although it may sound quite sticky, be assured that you can wash it out quite simply – you can find out more about different homemade shampoo and conditioner recipes at http://hair.allwomenstalk.com/fantastic-natural-homemade-shampoos/.

Products: Facemasks

Swap for: Fruit, Vegetables and Water

There is no way that you’ll ever be buying another facemask again after finding out how simple it is to make your own. It’s probably cheaper in the long run, too – especially if you make in bulk for a pamper party. As with the shampoo and conditioner, you probably have the ingredients lying around your house just waiting to be used up. Drinking a lot more water will help with the hydration of your skin and the receptiveness to the natural products that you are putting on it. Blend up your selected fruits and vegetables with natural oils and oats to make a thick mask which will do nothing but benefit your skin. Things like bananas and vinegar may seem like a messy (and rather stinky) combination, but your face will thank you for it. Utilise what you have got around you and see if it works – if you see any signs of a reaction, stop the use immediately and try something else.

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Help, My Tooth Has Broken! What To Do In An Emergency

Help, My Tooth Has Broken! What To Do In An Emergency

We are all fairly open to the idea of breaking a bone, or suffering a fracture of sorts. It’s something most of us do at some point in our lives, and although it can be inconvenient it isn’t something that bothers us too much. One thing most people don’t expect to break, however, is a tooth. When do break or chip one, it can have quite a big impact on your life. First off, it can cause you to have difficulty eating, especially if the nerve was damaged in the process of breaking off. It can also hugely affect your self confidence. If the broken tooth is at the front of your mouth, you may become self-conscious when smiling, and may even avoid going out in public until it is fixed. So if you do suffer a broken tooth, how can you cope with it and fix it?

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Prevention

Obviously, prevention is better than a cure. Most broken or chipped teeth happen as a result of a freak accident – perhaps a blow to the face or biting down on something exceptionally hard. But sometimes they can also be the result of poor dental hygiene too. For example. if you have cavities (tooth decay), your teeth may be weakened, meaning that even a light blow could cause them to crack or break. The most important thing to do to prevent this occurring is to keep on top of your dental hygiene. You should brush frequently, at least twice a day, and use floss as well. It is also advisable to use an electric toothbrush, as this will get into places that a manual brush misses. See your dentist for check ups regularly, just so they can check whether anything is amiss or not.

Treatment

There isn’t really any way you can treat a broken tooth at home. Handling it yourself could only make it worse, and you could put yourself at risk of an infection by doing so. Instead, see your dentist as soon as possible. Explain to them what has happened and you may be in with a chance of getting a fast appointment. Your dentist will check whether there is anything medically wrong with your mouth before sorting out the appearance of the tooth. The remains of the broken tooth may be covered with a pfm crown and dental bridge. These are made out of either porcelain or ceramic and can be color matched to blend in with the natural color of your teeth.

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Coping

It can be very easy to panic when you have just suffered a broken tooth, but try and stay calm. Unless you feel any pain in the tooth itself, it is unlikely that the damage is anything more than superficial. If you have a phobia of the dentist, take a friend or family member along for moral support. Your dentist will have dealt with thousands of these kinds of cases in their lifetime, so don’t be embarrassed – they will have seen it all before. A cracked or broken tooth can be unsightly at first, but it is easily fixed and remember that it could always be worse.

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Eight Problems With Your Teeth (And How You Can Fix Them)

Eight Problems With Your Teeth (And How You Can Fix Them)

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One of the worst pains that you can experience is toothache. It feels utterly unrelenting and seems to take over every part of your body with its throbbing pain – and to add insult to injury, you can’t even eat anything that might make you feel better because that just makes the pain worse. Dental pain is one of the biggest causes of chronic pain and it can really blight your quality of life. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help solve some common problems that you might have with your teeth…

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Tooth Sensitivity

A huge number of people suffer from sensitivity in their teeth – known as dentin sensitivity – which means that they have a level of discomfort when consuming certain foods and drinks. It’s such a common problems that it’s estimated that half the population suffers from it, although the pain can thankfully come and go, so you might not have a sensitive tooth at all times. Many people find that they have sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures – meaning that your morning coffee or that ice cream you enjoy as a treat a couple of times a week might be an issue. You might also have problems with sugary, sticky foods. If you think you may be suffering from tooth sensitivity, it might be caused by receding gums or periodontal disease. You could always ask your dentist about the reasons behind your particular tooth sensitivity, and in the meantime start using a toothpaste that’s designed for sensitive teeth.

Bad Breath

Is there anything more embarrassing than bad breath? Of all the dental problems out there, bad breath is the one least likely to elicit sympathetic responses. Bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, is caused by dental problems up to 85% of the time, so if you’re embarrassed about your breath, don’t stay quiet – chances are, there are things you can do to fix it. Gum disease, cavities, dry mouth and oral cancer can all cause bad breath, so if you think that using mouthwash to cover up the smell is a long term solution, it’s probably better to talk to your dentist instead. Have your teeth thoroughly cleaned by the hygienist, and make sure that you brush twice a day and regularly floss. You could also try using a tongue scraper.

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Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is otherwise known as cavities, and is an incredibly common problem – yet it’s also very painful and sometimes expensive to resolve, so should be avoided at all costs. It’s caused by the build up of plaque on our teeth – this is a sticky substance that builds up over the course of the day in between brushing. Acid is created when plaque reacts to the starches and sugars in our food, and this leads to the erosion of the enamel on our teeth, and from there, tooth decay. The best way to stop yourself getting tooth decay is through making sure that you brush your teeth twice a day and that you regularly floss. Make sure you leave brushing until half an hour after you eat, because this can make your tooth enamel a little more fragile. You should also do your best to cut down on sugary and acidic food and drink.

Tooth Infection

Anyone who’s had a tooth infection will know that there are very few pains as bad as them. Tooth infections are caused by abscesses at the root of the tooth, or between the tooth and the gum, and can be caused by tooth decay, cracked teeth, or gingivitis – all of which can allow bacteria to enter the root of the tooth through openings in the tooth enamel. If you have a tooth infection, you’ll be able to tell from a throbbing, gnawing or sharp pain, along with possible symptoms like a fever, tooth sensitivity, and a bitter taste in your mouth. If you have these symptoms, go to your dentist immediately. If you can’t get an appointment quickly, try a service like http://dentist.24hourly.com or try to combat the pain using clove oil and keep rinsing your mouth out with salt water. You can also use over the counter painkillers to help out. To heal a tooth infection, your dentist may need to drain the abscess through the root or gum, or even to remove the tooth and place a crown in there instead. You will also be given antibiotics to help heal the infection.

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Dry Mouth

Although everyone has a dry mouth from time to time, it may be a sign that there’s a problem with your saliva producing glands if you often have a dry tongue, cracked lips, trouble chewing and mouth sores. Causes of dry mouth can include nervousness, stress, aging, some medications like antidepressants, or cancer treatment like radiation or chemotherapy. Although it doesn’t sound like a particularly big deal, dry mouth can be extremely uncomfortable and can also lead to tooth decay and other dental problems so it’s important to get it treated. The best way to do that is to find out what exactly is causing it, and treat that – and in the meantime, make sure you keep drinking plenty of fluids and maintaining your oral hygiene.

Gum Disease

Up to 75% of people are thought to suffer from some sort of periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease. It’s caused mainly by bacteria from plaque build up in your mouth and can be exacerbated by smoking, grinding your teeth and some medications. If you have gingivitis, the beginning stage of gum disease, it’s reversible and can be treated with medications and plaque removal by your dental hygienist. If you have more advanced gum disease, surgery may be required. You can halt gum disease in its steps by making sure that you keep brushing twice a day and flossing on a regular basis – there’s nothing more important than the upkeep of your oral hygiene.

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Dental Occlusion

If you have a problem with your dental occlusion, that means you have a problem with the way your teeth meet when your jaws bite together. That might mean you have a problem with your teeth, your jaw or your gums and you may have problems with fillings fracturing, broken teeth, or tender teeth; you might find the symptoms are more severe in times of stress. You might also suffer from headaches or jaw ache. The best way to deal with issues like this is to go and see your dentist to see if you have TMJ (temporo-mandible joint) problems. Counselling and relaxation techniques like mindfulness might just help, along with diet and exercise like physiotherapy. Dental guards which you wear at night can help with jaw clenching or tooth grinding, and your dentist can also help by adjusting your bite if they think that might be what your issue is.

Oral Cancer

Of course, of all the dental problems you might have, oral cancer is probably the most feared and serious. Regular trips to the dentist for check ups can often pick up on any changes in your mouth but you should always be aware of any white marks, small swellings or sore spots. There may also be areas of numbness or small patches of rough raised skin, or you might notice that there’s a difference in the way that your jaws fit together when you close your mouth. No matter what the exact issue is, whether it’s pain or swellings or discomfort when you move your tongue or jaw, make sure that you talk to your dentist – remember that no problem is too small or insignificant when it comes to your health.

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Brushing Dos And Don’ts: Are You Getting It Right?

Brushing Dos And Don’ts: Are You Getting It Right?

We all know it’s important to look after our teeth so that we can enjoy healthy, attractive smiles for years to come. But have you thought about your dental health impacts the rest of your body? Studies show that caring for your teeth and gums has incredible benefits for general health. Research suggests that poor oral health increases your risk of a host of health problems, from heart disease and dementia to strokes and diabetes. It’s never been more important to pay attention to your pearly whites, so are you getting it right? Here are some simple tips to ensure that you’re doing everything you can to keep your dental health on track.

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Have you got your brushing technique down?

Brushing your teeth is essential because it eliminates harmful bacteria and food debris from the mouth. If you don’t brush, there’s a good chance that plaque will form. Plaque is a sticky, colorless substance, which you may be able to feel on your teeth when you first wake up. It clings to the surfaces of the teeth and the gums, and it’s made from bacteria, food particles, and saliva. Plaque is the main cause of dental decay and gum disease.

Brushing dos

Do brush for 2 minutes

It’s not enough to whizz a brush around your mouth and hope for the best. You need to pay due care and attention when you brush. Set a timer to make sure that you brush for at least two minutes. It may not sound like a long time, but you may be shocked if you timed how long you brush for at the moment. Take care to clean every tooth, and angle the head of the brush so that you can clean along the gum line.

Do swap your toothbrush every 3-4 months

Be honest. When was the last time you swapped your toothbrush head or bought a new toothbrush? It’s essential to replace brushes every 3-4 months, as work bristles don’t work properly. Some brushes are fitted with colored bristles, which show you when you need to buy a new brush. If you’re not sure which brush to buy, your family dentist will be able to give you tips and recommendations.

Brushing don’ts

Brush too hard

You may think that the harder you brush, the better the results, but sadly, you’d be wrong. Brushing vigorously can actually do more harm than good, as it can wear away the enamel. When you’re brushing, use small, circular motions, and be gentle. Once your enamel is worn, it’s not possible to repair it.

Rinse after brushing

Many people assume that they need to rinse their mouth out after brushing. However, it’s actually better to avoid doing this. If you use fluoride toothpaste, rinsing the mouth removes the fluoride, and prevents it from benefiting your teeth. Fluoride is a mineral, which helps to strengthen the enamel and reduce the risk of decay.

Most of us have been brushing our teeth twice a day for as long as we can remember, but have you been getting it right? Hopefully, these simple dos and don’ts will enable you to hone your brushing skills and reduce your risk of developing troublesome dental diseases.

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