I started the year with two goals. Acquiring a habit and finishing a challenge in one month. Feeling like it was rather aimless and sensing the quick demise of my new-found will to overcome obstacles. The thought of creating an obstacle just to say I cleared it and the sense of accomplishment was a conflicting thought. It was already creeping out from the back of my mind and a felt the need to step it up. Setting goals is second nature to me, both in sports and school it's kind of like an automatic reflex. In the mean time I tend to disregard developing myself, which would probably in the end help reaching further in work, school, sports and relationships. My first habit was brushing my teeth and flossing every night. Now the people who think "He doesn't brush his teeth every night ?!" or "You don't floss?", are the ones that already have these habits installed. In my case I sometimes skipped brushing before going to bed, blaming that the action would wake me up more. So this only happened when I was already really tired. However the flossing … well that was a bi-annual thing at the very best. Benefits of flossing We all know that flossing is good for you, but getting facts that will make you think twice about skipping the dental string.

  1. While the toothbrush is an important tool, it is inadequate when it comes to remove plaque. The response to the thin bio-film of bacteria is inflammation of the gum tissue, otherwise known as Gingivitis. Research is conflicting whether Gingivitis leads to Periodontitis, but the latter one can get really ugly. In short it affects the tissue and bone around the teeth and can lead to loss of them. When flossing, your gums might
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As your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you, it's important to look after it. Unfortunately, the pleasures of everyday life can take their toll on our teeth and they can become discoloured over time through being subjected to things like tea and coffee every day and the occasional glass of wine – all of which are big culprits when it comes to tooth staining.

It's well known that there are plenty of teeth whitening treatments available, but there are now so many to choose from it can be difficult to know which one works best for what type of problem.

One technique is called Zoom teeth whitening and is a treatment that many people choose to undergo because it is both fast and effective. Zoom teeth whitening is a fairly new treatment that makes way for immediate effects, making it a popular choice with patients hoping to improve their smile.

For example, the Zoom teeth whitening treatment can whiten your teeth by as much as ten shades in a single treatment, which is a significant difference that you will see the moment you look in a mirror. What's more, the treatment lasts just one hour, making it an ideal lunchtime procedure for busy people.

What happens during this procedure is that the lips and gums are prepared so that just the teeth are exposed to the dentist. Your dentist will then apply a whitening gel to the teeth, which uses hydrogen peroxide to bleach your teeth to a more attractive coloring. Following the application of the gel, a Zoom heat lamp will be used to warm the area and activate the gel, which will then begin the whitening process.

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Yellow teeth can give the wrong impression of who you are and the skills you have. Good oral health and teeth coloring can often predict your success in business and life. While we don't want to focus on the vanity of teeth whitening, these are merely the facts and should be considered.

Whiter teeth can also make you feel and act more confident which can also directly affect how you approach life situations. To get rid of yellow teeth there are a number of different treatments, remedies and at-home procedures that can be used. To decide the one that's right for you, it's important to consider the level of yellow your teeth are and the method of application you are most comfortable with.

For a quick at home remedy, try a whole ripe strawberry mashed with a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Apply it to your teeth with a soft bristle brush and leave for five minutes. After the time is over, brush off the mash with your regular toothbrush and toothpaste. This is not for severely yellow teeth and should not be used more than once a week, as excessive exposure to acid can wear away your irreplaceable enamel.

For more permanent results, talk to a cosmetic dentist about professional whitening. This can be a little more expensive than home treatments and may take several treatments to be fully successful, but is guaranteed to work the best of those with yellow staining and discoloration. Yellow teeth are generally caused by tobacco use and excessive coffee drinking. If you use neither of these, consult with your doctor about a medical problem.

For middle of the road solutions, consider one of the many at-home teeth whitening products available. For yellow teeth we are going to skip straight to more severe treatments, … Read the rest

Are Your Teeth Groovy?

We are not asking for the sake of that 70’s something, or to have you act out your best Saturday Night Fever pose, groovy teeth are not cool! When teeth form, they do not all form alike, they come in different shapes, sizes, shades and have surfaces that can be more prone to decay than others.

ALL TEETH ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL!

Some people’s teeth (especially their back teeth, a.k.a. molars) can have grooves, pits, fissures, and crevices on the chewing surfaces. These groove-like crevices on the biting surfaces can collect stain. If stain can get down to the base of the fissure, so can bacteria.

The American Dental Association has a picture of a cross-section of a tooth showing the base of a fissure and the width of it. It shows it under magnification. A single, yes just one, toothbrush fiber is also shown. The single bristle is larger than the groove. It clearly can not reach the bottom of the crevice. The base of the crevice is not cleansable, therefore, it is more likely to decay.

Cavity causing bacteria can reach the base of the fissure.

Plaque loves to get it’s groove on!

This is the #1 place children get cavities.

This is where Sealants are the best thing to happen to dentistry since the discovery of novacaine and dental sealants require NO NOVACAINE!

Now, that is a good reason to dance on over to your local Dentist’s office.

Dental sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces, filling the pits and fissures of the teeth. A sealant acts as a barrier. It protects the teeth from plaque and it’s acid by-products.

It is applied in a dental office to a clean, dry tooth. It flows into the crevice and is cured (hardened) with a … Read the rest

How they work,

The dentists takes an impression of existing teeth, x rays, photos and measurements in order to create a customized resin prosthetics model which clips, or snaps back on to teeth. No damage or treatment is required to your teeth.

Who can benefit

1 Anyone! A celebrity smile in minutes for that special occasion.
If you have yellow, stained or discolored teeth. Missing teeth or gaps in your teeth not a problem.

2 It is the perfect way to test drive NEW veneers before you get the the permanent ones, if only Hillary Duff had thought of snap on teeth before her large veneers mix up, she would have saved herself a few bad pictures.

3 Snap on teeth are a fraction of the cost of veneers or caps.

4 Dental phobia's can often deter people from getting a perfect smile. This procedure for creating the perfect smile is entirely pain less.

5 The teeth snap on instantly, there fore you will never have to be too embarrassed to smile again.

6 Snap on teeth are less bulkier than dentures, people can transform their entire smile and still maintain their existing teeth. Dentures only replace missing teeth but snap on teeth change the appearance of all your teeth.

Snap on teeth have many benefits but there are also a few short comings.

1 Although a temporary solution for a perfect smile they can still be quite expensive. Often ranging in price from $ 500 to $ 1200.

2 They can be damaged easily by eating hard or crunchy foods.

3 Like retainers it can take some time to become accustomed to speaking with them in place.

4 You must remove the teeth to clean both them and your own, food can get lodged causing decay.

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Millions of people want to know how to get white teeth in these image-conscious times.

Little wonder – we're bombarded with images of beautiful people with impossibly perfect teeth on TV, in the movies and on the front pages of popular magazines.

We're not all going to be movie stars, but everyone wants to look their best whether it's for a job interview, a hot date, giving a presentation to a school class or making a speech at a friend's birthday or wedding.

Now it's never been easier to get a great-looking smile, but if you don't do it right you could be setting yourself up for a big disappointment – not to mention causing yourself some real injury and pain.

So, here are three things you must know about getting the dazzling smile of your dreams:

1) Don't try this at home. Yes, those do-it-yourself tooth whitening kits do look tempting, but unless you are really careful and follow the instructions to the letter you could wind up with irritated, sore gums and painfully sensitive teeth. In some cases people over-bleach their teeth, causing discoloration – the last thing you want. Also, if you have crowns on any of your front teeth be warned: A whitening procedure only works on your natural teeth, not on porcelain crowns. Those crowns will stick right out if they appear duller alongside your newly whitened natural teeth.

2) See a dentist for the best results. OK, it might cost more, but those extra dollars will buy you a professional teeth whitening procedure with minimal risk of problems. Also, a dentist will carefully examine your teeth to make sure you don't have cracks or leaky fillings that need fixing before a tooth whitening. This is very important because some tooth whitening ingredients can erode … Read the rest

Teeth whitening has become a common activity for many who seek to improve their appearance, just a gentle effort might be all that's needed or for the heavy smoker, some more radical approaches. The chemistry behind teeth whitening has come a long way in recent years and there are now over 100 teeth whitening products to choose from. Reviewing them all is not possible here but let's have a look at the most popular and cost-effective methods and some of the products available:

Toothpastes
These tend to provide the least amount of whitening activity as they are intended for long-term daily use and would suit those who just need a general "whitening upkeep" to maintain that winning smile. Abrasive toothpastes that profess to whiten teeth are not recommended by dentists at all as they damage enamel and increase the likelihood of staining in the future. Chemical based toothpaste whiteners do not have this effect but are not very effective short-term. The problem is that the chemicals are only in contact with the teeth for at most 2 minutes and this is not long enough to have an effect on the very dense enamel of the tooth. This means that only surface staining is addressed by toothpastes. The most popular brands are Colgate and Crest Whitening Toothpastes but a widely acclaimed outsider said to be effective at stain removal is toothpaste called SuperSmile.

Brush-on Whiteners
These contain one of two chemical whiteners and are "brush-on" solutions to teeth whitening. The basis is that a paste is brushed onto the teeth, the paste then dries and remains overnight after which it is brushed off in the morning. During the night, chemicals in the paste whiten the teeth – quite a lot too!

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Keeping your teeth white can be quite a hard feat. Why? This is because every day people eat foods that cause decay to the teeth and people can lose the sparkly whiteness that once existed. Most foods are really bad for teeth but there are some especially bad. Haribo for example is made up of gelatine and sugar and are some of the worst substances you can eat. However, when foods are bad they tend to be nice so one bag no and then is allowed!

It is not just food that is bad for the teeth. Drinks can also be very bad too. Coffee can cause discoloring and quickly and make them yellow. People in the UK tend to drink a lot of coffee as it is very important to stay active and alert so you are always on the ball for work. Alcohol too can damage teeth and people in the UK also tend to drink a lot of alcohol.

To counter the harmful substances people consume, people can brush their teeth regularly. People are suppose to brush twice a day, but in reality this doesn't always happen. Furthermore, people are also suppose to brush their teeth for three minutes but again this rarely happens. This is mainly because people do not know how long three minutes actually is. Instead they think two minutes may be three, or possibly even less. Realistically, the only way to brush your teeth for three minutes is to use a stopwatch or a clock with a second hand. This would ensure brushing for 3 whole minutes.

Brushing your teeth will keep your them looking fresh but they will not get the white back. The only way to do this is to use a teeth whitening service or laser teeth whitening. This is … Read the rest

Since most people cannot afford to pay for the "rich and famous" smile, many choose the alternative which is over-the-counter products. Where there is a need, there are products. You see them multiplying on the store shelves each week, but if you are not in a position to buy a do-it-yourself product right now to whiten your own teeth there is something else you can try. That something else is trying a variety of natural remedies to whiten your teeth.

There are some people, movie stars included, who say they whiten their teeth the natural way and swear their teeth are just as white or get even whiter than the products that are bought in stores and much less expensive.

Remember the saying, "What goes around, comes around?" Well, many natural remedies for whitening teeth come from the "good ole days" when your grandparents and parents were growing up. The following are a few of those whitening remedies, but with a few modern twists to make them more effective. Try one at a time and determine whether it works for you before going on to the next suggested remedy. Also, pay attention if there are warnings associated with a remedy.

Salt is a good starting point – it's handy and cheap!

The common table salt is sodium chloride and bicarbonate of soda is also called baking soda. Check out the toothpaste section of your local discount store and you will notice many brands now contain baking soda as an ingredient for whitening teeth. Although baking soda is a natural ingredient, it is very abrasive. Sometimes individuals mistakenly believe that anything "natural" is safe and that simply is not true. If used incorrectly, even natural products can harm you, like baking soda. Since baking soda is abrasive and can help whiten … Read the rest

Caring for Children's Teeth

Eruption of baby teeth

  • Central incisor – 6 months
  • Lateral incisor – 9 months
  • Canine – 18 months
  • First molar – 12 months
  • Second molar – 24 months

Eruption of adult teeth

  • Central incisor – 6-7 years
  • Lateral incisor – 7-8 years
  • Canine – 9-10 years
  • First premolar – 10-12 years
  • Second premolar – 11-12 years
  • First molar – 6-7 years
  • Second molar – 12-13 years
  • Third molar / wisdom tooth – 18-21 years

When to start brushing?

A daily brushing routine is essential as soon as your baby's teeth emerge.

Babies without teeth: wipe gums with gauze or damp washcloth once a day to remove any plaque or debris.

When teeth start to appear: brush teeth gently with a children's soft toothbrush with water or low fluoride toothpaste.

When to start using toothpaste?

Your child needs to be of an age where sucking or swallowing the toothpaste has ceased.

When too much fluoridated toothpaste is ingested it may cause brown spots on the your child's adult teeth.

It is best to start your child off on a low fluoride toothpaste

When to start flossing?

At approximately 18 months to 2 years of age, your child's baby teeth will come into contact. Flossing is required to clean in between the teeth where the toothbrush can no longer reach.

Supervision

Supervise your children's oral health habits up to the age 8 or 9 or until you see that they're brushing adequately on a day-to-day basis.

Before the age of 2, children do not have the dexterity or coordination to brush their teeth properly.

Visits to the dentist

Children should start the habit of seeing the dentist at a young age to promote a positive and familiar environment for future visits.

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