Personal Dental Care:How To Achieve Dazzling Pearly Whites

Most people nowadays are getting attracted to tooth whitening products because they want to have a million dollar smile just like the celebrities seen on television.

If you want your teeth to become whiter and more dazzling, you can add whitening toothpastes into your personal dental care kit. If you want to use whitening toothpastes, don’t forget to check if it still contains fluoride and other ingredients that fight and prevent plaque and tartar.

However, a lot of whitening toothpaste users claim that these whitening products didn’t really do much in changing the color of their teeth. The yellowing of the teeth is actually a natural phenomenon. As a person gets older, his or her teeth becomes yellowish.

If you are not satisfied with the color of your teeth, the best way is to visit your dentist first and consult him or her about your dilemma. Your dentist will tell you about the effectiveness of over-counter-products or they may even offer to give you professional treatment.

Most celebrities actually prefer to undergo professional teeth whitening treatment because that way, their unique needs can be met. Be very careful in purchasing over-the-counter teeth whitening products because some of these may contain bleaching agents that can actually damage your mouth and gums.

In addition to that, do follow the instructions strictly to avoid experiencing adverse side effects.

The Teeth’s Nemesis: Sugar

Perhaps everybody has gone through a stage in their childhood when they would constantly hear their elders warning them about the evils of eating too much sugary sweets and candies. And those warnings are true indeed; eating sugary sweets and candies is a major cause of tooth decay.

However, it might helpful for you to know that its not just about the amount of sugar that you eat – it also involves when and how you eat sugary stuffs that determine the health of your teeth.

When you drink sodas or eat sugary foods throughout the day, the enamel of your teeth becomes constantly exposed to acids. Cough drops, hard candies, and breath mints are just some examples of the harmful sugary sweets that dissolve in your mouth slowly.

Dental professionals and experts suggest a 3-hour break in between taking food and drinks that contain sugar. Starchy or sugary foods eaten with a full meal is said to be less harmful to the teeth compared to being eaten alone because the increased production of saliva helps wash away the bacteria and sugar.

Eating sweet and sugary foods before sleeping is perhaps the most damaging thing one can do to his or her teeth because one does not produce a lot of saliva when he or she is asleep.

If you want to have a health set of teeth yet you can’t seem to cut out sweets from your diet, you can try some of these tips to help you achieve your goal: eat carbohydrates with a meal, brush your teeth directly after eating, rinse your mouth thoroughly with mouthwash or water, chew sugarless gum, don’t eat sugary foods and sweets between meals, eat non-sugary foods (cheese, popcorn, yogurt, raw veggies) as snacks.

In a nutshell, achieving and maintaining a healthy set of teeth may not be as easy as 1-2-3 but with enough determination and commitment to your personal dental care routine, you will surely have the smile that you’ve been wanting ever since.

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