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WHITE BRIGHT SMILE TIPS

Here are some tips you can use to brighten your smile when your pearly whites have lose their natural luster:
bulletTry wearing sparkly white rhinestones and gleaming silver jewelry to make your teeth appear whiter.  Avoid gold, which exaggerates any yellowish tones in teeth.
bulletThe simplest way to become pretty is by smiling, it affects your whole body in a way that simulates  a feeling of happiness.
bulletWear red lipstick. Wear red on your lips for a whiter smile Avoid coral and orange lipsticks which can make your teeth look yellow.  Also choose dark lipstick colors with blue undertones to make your teeth appear whiter*. 
bulletTry to  avoid wearing white clothing, your smile will appear dull in contrast to your clothing.
bulletCommit to the basics of brushing teeth twice a day for five minutes, yes five and floss once a day at least.  See your dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams.
bulletKnow that by trying to whiten your teeth at home with toothpastes containing calcium peroxide, an abrasive scrubber that helps dissolve superficial stains, so teeth appear brighter but won't actually change the tooth color permanently.
bulletHave your teeth professionally whitened, it only takes a few hours and can cost between $200 to $1,200 and the results will last between 3-8 years.
bulletIf you smoke you need to see your dentist 4 times a year for dental cleaning.
bulletBleaching hair may make your smile appear dull.
bulletBleaching is like bleaching hair, if you are not committed to the upkeep there is no point in ever starting.*
bulletTry a Sonicare electric toothbrush because people can be so untalented at brushing their teeth and it does all the work for you.
bulletDon't push too hard in order to avoid wearing off the enamel and exposing the dentin which may give teeth a yellowish color.

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bulletDark foods stains your teeth try a stain proof eating plan:
bulletGo easy on coffee, tea, cola, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, blueberries, red wine, cranberry juice, grape juice and tomato sauce. Tea is the worse for staining, brush...brush...brush.   If you do brush teeth right away and use a straw.
bulletInstead try.... water, grapefruit juice, ginger ale, chamomile tea, white wine vinegar, olive oil and white meat.*
bulletAt home whiting:
bulletWhitening toothpaste
bulletWhitening strips
bulletWhitening trays
bulletDon't drink red wine after bleaching!
bulletStop smoking because tobacco is one of the biggest offenders in ruining white smiles due to staining.
bulletPass on oral piercing, it can lead to serious dental harm.
bulletBe careful of hot and cold foods that can change the temperature of your teeth which may cause your teeth to expand and contract allowing stains to penetrate your teeth.
bulletAvoid foods that are acidic.  They open up the pores of the tooth enamel, allowing stains to more easily move into your teeth.
bulletDon't forget that bad breath can keep others from enjoying your smile.  85% of bad breath comes from bacteria on your tongue.  The best tool for cleaning is a tongue scarper, which will get rid of the odor causing bacteria that your toothbrush missed.
bulletOnce have your gorgeous smile, you want to keep it that way so, a smart move is to get a dental checkup and cleaning every 4-6 months.

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Whitening News Updates

Sensitive Stuff

Are you thinking of brightening your smile at home with a tooth-whitening product? Make sure your teeth are healthy first.

Studies show that some at-home whitening systems may cause a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity, especially in people with receding gums due to gingivitis. Stay up-to-date on your dental checkups and make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy before you expose them to the active ingredients used in whitening kits.
Realage.com

Ladies Home Journal, 03/02
Allure, pg 124 March 2002
YM, Cindy Fedida pg 80 July 2002.

September 28, 2008

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