Friday, October 17, 2008 | 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
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.
In addition to preventing tooth decay and strengthening the bond
between tooth and jawbone, regular calcium intake becomes increasing important as we age and osteoporosis becomes a
The Truth About
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.