Friday, July 10, 2009 | Tips & How-Tos, Uncategorized
So, you’ve got your favorite lipstick, liner and gloss all picked out—what’s not to smile about? Well, if those pearly whites aren’t as bright as you would like them to be, you might be less inclined to open up. Don’t let a spotty smile drag down your look. Read on for tips and tricks on how to get that sparkle back and keep stains at bay.
Cut Back on Dark, Sugary and Acidic Drinks
If a beverage can stain carpet there’s a good chance it can do the same to your teeth. Coffee, black tea, soft drinks and red wine can easily leave there mark if regularly consumed. Worse still, if highly acidic or loaded with sugar, such drinks can wreak havoc on tooth enamel. However, for those who enjoy green or white tea, there is a silver lining. These teas contain potent antioxidants called polyphenols which actually help prevent plaque build-up. Polyphenols also provide exceptional free radical protection to the skin.
Get More Vitamin C and Calcium
Vitamin C is as important to oral health as it is to skin health. While most of us think of collagen in terms of skin support, this essential protein is also the main component in bones and teeth. Vitamin C plays a critical role in the production of collagen, making it a necessity for both a sparkling smile and a radiant complexion.
Calcium is an essential mineral for bone growth and strength. In addition to preventing tooth decay and strengthening the bond between tooth and jawbone, regular calcium intake (the National Institute of Health recommends 1,000 mg a day for women 19 to 50 years old and 1,200 mg for those 51 and older) becomes increasing important as we age and osteoporosis becomes a bigger risk.
The Truth About Whitening Products
We’ve all seen them at the supermarket—gels, strips, mouthwashes promising snow-blinding white teeth—but do they work? It depends on how bright you want to be. Whitening toothpastes may be able to polish a smile a shade brighter, but don’t expect much more than that. Peroxide-based whitening strips and gels are a bit more intensive and can generally restore brilliance to superficially stained teeth. For a more deeply stained set, go with professional bleaching.
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