Some New Years Resolutions for your TEETH

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We all make new year's resolutions, but many of us are not likely to follow through. Turning over a new leaf in the New Year can be tricky, but finding a way to stick with it is important when that new leaf benefits your health. If you want to take better care when looking after your teeth and gums this year, these five resolutions can keep you diligent:

Commit to Flossing

Brushing your teeth twice a day isn't enough to keep plaque from building up on your teeth, or to completely remove bits of food from your mouth. To take the best care of your teeth, you need to floss too. If you're not in the habit of flossing, the new year is a great time to start.

Cut Back on Sugar

There is a direct link between the amount of sugar a person eats and the amount of tooth decay he has. Cutting back on sugar can cut your risk for tooth decay considerably. The most convenient way to cut back on sugar is to reduce the number of sugary treats you buy. Simple swaps will help you cut back as well: Drink sugar-free seltzer water instead of soda, or chew a piece of sugar-free gum when you have a craving for something sweet.

Kick the Habit

Smoking doubles your risk for gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is linked to a host of other health issues. Pick a date to give up the habit, get rid of all the tobacco products from your home and solicit the support of your friends and family to help you quit. There will be cravings along the way, so it's important to find a healthy activity to engage in when a craving kicks in. 

Eat More Mouth-Healthy Foods

When you cut back on sugar, resolve to add more orally healthy foods to your diet to solidify your diet's benefit to your teeth. Dairy products, which are high in calcium, are great for your teeth, as are fibrous foods that call up saliva and scrub away plaque and other food bits.

Making your new year's resolutions as easy as possible to stick with will help you keep them. Take things one step at a time, and if you forget to floss one day or eat a big piece of caramel the next, don't give up. Remember that there's always tomorrow!

How to prevent teeth from staining?

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Everyone wants white stain-free teeth. It is sometimes harder to achieve pearly whites if you have habits, such as drinking 5 cups of coffee a day and smoking. Here are some of our favourites that can help you maintain your pearly whites. 

1) Brushing

No surprises here, right? Brushing removes plaque, and use of a whitening toothpaste even goes further to keeping those pearly whites ... well white.

2) Flossing

Goes hand in hand with brushing. Flossing just takes a few minutes daily, morning and night and helps to remove the plaque between teeth. Even that plaque causes staining, and worse (tooth decay).

3) Use a Straw

The less liquid that touches the teeth, the better. Drinking with a straw, say in the case of ice coffee can limit the possibility of staining, by keeping the coffee off your smile.

4) Make a Whitening Paste At Home

Mixing small amount of baking soda with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide, creates a pretty effective home whitening paste. Done right, it shouldn't be runny OR too gritty. It should be just in between those textures.

5) Milk

Milk added to your tea or coffee latches onto the tannins in tea and coffee, according to the article, and eases the staining chances. Sorry dieters, but high-fat milk is best for this purpose.

6) Sip Water Between Cups of Coffee

Here's a good one. Drinking water between sips of coffee or tea can help to wash the staining chances away, and as you know ... you're supposed to be drinking more water anyway.

7) Drink It Quickly

The longer your teeth are exposed to coffee and tea, the more chance you have of creating stains.

We think these tips are pretty good. You might have to add a quick tooth brushing at work, if you drink your coffee on the way to work or at the office.

 

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How to live LONGER?

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Don't we all want to find the fountain of youth and eat cheesy's all day long. Well, its not that easy but it just might be. Here are some ways, we can live a longer and healthier life. 

No matter what your age, you have the power to change many of the variables that influence how long you live, and how active and vital you feel in your later years. Actions you can take to increase your odds of a longer and more satisfying life span are really quite simple:

  1. Don't smoke.
  2. Enjoy physical and mental activities every day.
  3. Eat a healthy diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, and substitute healthier monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats for unhealthy saturated fats and trans fats.
  4. Take a daily multivitamin, and be sure to get enough calcium and vitamin D.
  5. Maintain a healthy weight and body shape.
  6. Challenge your mind. Keep learning and trying new activities.
  7. Build a strong social network.
  8. Follow preventive care and screening guidelines.
  9. Floss, brush, and see a dentist regularly.
  10. Ask your doctor if medication can help you control the potential long-term side effects of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, osteoporosis, or high cholesterol.