Help! If your teeth are yellow
Neighbourhood News Desk: As we age, our teeth lose their whiteness. Apparently, the light can’t pass through our teeth the way it once could, and as a result, “yellow-looking” teeth. Sad but true.
But there had to be something that could be done, and with a little help from books, and the Net in general, we found a few tricks that can help you keep your teeth the whitest they can be. Unless you want to visit the dentist for a bleaching treatment, there are a few tricks you can do at home.
- Choose lipsticks that contain blue tones instead of yellow (for obvious reasons).
- Watch the foods and beverages that you eat and drink. They will stain your teeth. Apparently, if you can drink your beverages with a straw, less staining can take place. So you know what to do with that next glass of drink.
- Visit your dentist for regular cleaning and polishing. Your teeth do look nicer after a visit, so don’t put it off.
- Get into the habit of using floss every day. It’s more important than you might realize. As a matter of fact, it might be a good idea to have floss packs in different rooms so that they are handy where ever you are.
- Hate the floss that you are using? Good news… there is the perfect floss out there for you. Try a few brands to find yours.
- Are you as choosy about your toothbrush as you are the kind of brush you use for your hair? You should look for one with soft, nylon bristles.
- Toss your toothbrush the minute it looks frayed.
- If you have difficulty brushing for the amount of time recommended, an electric toothbrush might be just what you need. Several now come with a signal that alerts you to the fact that you have brushed long enough.
- Ideally, you should brush for two to three minutes using a massaging motion on your gums and teeth. And, don’t forget your tongue either.
- And how about your toothpaste? Do you take more time picking out your shampoo?
- If you are unsure about the right toothpaste for you, ask your dentist for a recommendation. He will be very happy to suggest something.
- Home whitening… don’t use baking soda for stain removal more than once a week. Using more often could remove the enamel from your teeth.
So, there you have it. Having healthy white teeth is something that you can enjoy. You simply have to work at it a little harder than you once did. But in the end, we’re sure you will agree, it’s all worth it. You might even find that you can leave the dentist’s office with a grin on your face and then go home and yell… “Look kids, no cavities!”