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How to whiten your teeth the natural way?

Shining white teeth add a charm to every smile and yellow teeth spoil an otherwise beautiful smile. Don’t make your yellow teeth prevent you from smiling and have your day wasted. There are several ways to get that shining white smile and here we bring you natural ways to practice and make you smile bright.

  1. Brush thrice a day: According to dentists, one should brush after every meal. Thus, it is recommended to brush your teeth after breakfast, lunch and dinner. This reduces the formation of bacteria and in turn, bad breath.
  2. Coconut oil massage: Coconut oil massage helps whiten your teeth and strengthen your gums; so, you get a combo.
  3. Food items with roughage: Food items which are fiber-rich or with roughage such as oranges, bananas, pears, peaches, strawberries, grapes and cranberries work as a scrubber and keep your teeth clean.
  4. Baking soda: Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate (NAHCO3) helps in whitening and cleaning teeth. It is an age-old bleaching agent, which has been used to keep up the oral health of our body. One can use it exactly like toothpaste, by mixing it with some water and massaging the teeth with it. Its alkaline nature helps neutralize the acidic pH of the mouth.
  5. Hydrogen Peroxide: H2O2 is a bleaching, oxidizing, disinfecting and antiseptic agent. ‘Swish it in your mouth and spit it out’, this is how you use it.
  6. Chewing gum (with Xylitol): Chewing gum, especially sugar-free gum clears all the debris between your teeth and Xylitol keeps the teeth white.
  7. Lemon Juice: The citric acid present in lemon helps keep your teeth white.
  8. Apples: Being crunchy in nature, it acts as a scrubber to your teeth and cleans them. Cucumber, carrot and broccoli too could be used as scrubbers.

Practice any of the above natural teeth whitening solutions regularly for a white and bright confident smile. Write to us about your experience in the comment section below.


8 Tips To Reduce Dental Cavities

That searing pain which runs through the jaw up to the head. We all have experienced it. The pain which doesn’t let us sleep, eat or pretty much do anything. The culprit behind those pain attacks is cavities. In fact, according to WHO, almost all the adults in the world have cavities. Cavities, if ignored for extended periods of time, could lead to lasting damage to the nerve cells and jaw finally resulting in tooth fall. Cavities cannot be easily prevented since all the food we eat contains sugar, but we can reduce the impact of cavities by following certain measures. Here are some tips to reduce the occurrence of dental cavities.

  • Brush, Floss, Rinse

    The basic protection from cavities starts with the most basic step; brushing. Brushing of teeth at least twice a day would help prevent cavities. Once before breakfast and another one just before going to sleep. Brushing helps cover the teeth with a fine layer of Fluoride. This acts as a shield from the bacteria which causes cavities. Flossing after every meal would help remove the particles stuck in between the teeth, preventing the decay of enamel.

  • Say ‘NO’ to refined sugar

Sugar, when mixed with saliva produce bacteria. The mixture then forms a substance known as ‘plaque’. If the plaque is not brushed away, it would lead to cavities. Sugar accelerate the decay process and hence, it needs to be taken in moderation.

  • Eat fiber-rich and fresh foods

Nuts, apples, cheese, wheat products, fresh vegetables are known to break the plaque and prevent cavity formation.

  • Drink water, water and more water

Drinking water helps in reducing the risk of cavities. Drinking lots of water would cause an increase in the production of saliva which act a natural shield against cavities.

  • Sugar-free gum

All those chewing gum ads hold relevance after all. Chewing a sugar-free gum constantly produces saliva. The chewy action also helps remove morsels of food hiding in the crevices of the teeth, reducing the risk of cavities.

  • Eat healthy

Many people associate cavities with oral health alone, but diet plays an important role as well. Not having all the vitamins would lead to teeth not receiving the required nutrition from the circulatory system and causing cavities inside the teeth. Eating foods that are rich in Vitamins A, C, E and K as well as phosphorous, calcium, and magnesium are recommended to keep your teeth healthy.

  • Go easy on the soft drinks

Soft drinks are available everywhere. In movies, in school canteens, in restaurants, in fast food outlets & even airports. And they are the best companions of any meal too. But they should be avoided as they are acidic in nature and could damage the enamel (the protective layer covering the teeth) thereby accelerating tooth decay.

  •  TEA can help your TEETH

Drinking black and green tea helps in reducing plaque buildup. It also prevents the bacterial activity in your mouth and brings the risk of cavities to a minimum.

Following these procedures would help the teeth remain healthy and in turn make you look good. And since most of them are home-made remedies, they would be convenient as well.

Oral Care During Festive Season

Festivals are synonymous with feasting. The Festival season is always marked by good food, sweets, and a sense of euphoria along with exchanging gifts. There is a feel of festivity in the atmosphere with people sharing their joy, merry songs in the spirit of the festival and decorating their homes and surroundings with colorful lights. Food plays a big part in these celebrations, and often caught up in the festive spirit people forget to observe caution and binge on food and sweets. People look forward to big treats such as homemade sweets, laddoos, Mysore pak, jalebi, chocolates, etc. This splurge in the festive season is often responsible for the resulting tooth decay, toothache, and other such dental problems.

The festive season is an excuse to stuff them with food. While they worry about their bulging waistlines, they completely disregard the effect that sweets or snacks can have on their teeth. Dental hygiene is one area that one should be wary of during the festive season. Sweets, cakes and snacks contain a generous amount of sugar which is the main cause of tooth decay. The aerated drinks that are included along with the feast in the festive meals are acidic and cause severe tooth erosion. These two things work in sync and affect the health of your teeth. The sugary foods deteriorate and decay the teeth while acidic drinks cause erosion of the protective covering – thus making the teeth soft targets for attack by bacteria. It is advised that you do not eat/binge between meals. It is better to eat sweets with the meals rather than eating them between meals. This step helps by allowing your teeth to re-mineralize and recover after a meal has been consumed. Make sure you use a dentist recommended mouthwash after every meal. This helps protect the teeth against plaque and foul smell/halitosis.

People with the history of tooth decay can follow a few tips to prevent further damage which are:-

  • Sugar-free gum or mints can help keep your mouth busy when faced with sugary temptations.
  • Chocolate – especially dark varieties – in moderation, can offer health benefits and is less likely to stick to teeth when frozen.

Since systemic diseases like diabetes and hypertension/high Blood Pressure go hand in hand, people with the history of these diseases need to make sure that they keep their blood sugar level under control, failing which they will be at a very high risk of dental caries, early gum disease [gingivitis], and advanced gum disease [periodontitis]

It is also important that you brush your teeth at least twice on a daily basis and use the right brushing technique such as the bass/modified bass brushing technique, followed by flossing and usage of prescribed mouthwashes. Kindly visit us at any one of our Dental Centres in case of any kind of dental problem or for a thorough dental assessment.

Courtesy Dr. Vignesh N, Apollo WHITE Dental, Puducherry.