Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Worst Drinks for Your Teeth

Are you worried that the beverages you're drinking are harming your teeth?  Well, you could be right!  BrightNow.com breaks down the harmful effects of the worst drinks for your teeth:

Unless you only drink water, it is inevitable to keep your teeth completely safe from sugary, acidic and potentially stain-threatening beverages. Although, practicing good oral health care and being aware of what foods and drinks are most dangerous for your teeth will help protect your mouth from daily bacteria buildup and yellowing.

The following drinks and beverage categories are the notorious for being rough on teeth:

•    Coffee – This dark drink is a staple in many people’s daily diets, but can be a culprit when it comes to yellowing teeth. To decrease these effects, try drinking with a straw to avoid direct contact or follow each cup with continuous water consumption. If you feel that your teeth need a whitening boost, consult your dentist to determine if professional services or over the counter products are the right fit for you.
•    Tea – Similar to coffee, this beverage group also has potential staining power, especially black and other dark tea blends. Again, drinking through a straw and being mindful of the level of consumption will help keep teeth shiny and white.
•    Energy and Sports Drinks - This category is probably the worst in terms of sugar levels and acidity, all nightmare ingredients for your teeth. These soda-alternatives can be the most damaging because they attack tooth enamel, which cannot be fixed or replaced. When tooth enamel is worn down, the risk of decay becomes much more serious.
•    Sodas – Carbonated soft drinks also possess higher levels of sugar and acidity, which hurt tooth enamel and can lead to decay and cavities. Though sugar free options are better, the acidity is still a major player in dental issues.

Your teeth will not be ruined with any one of these drinks, but more the long-term exposure is what can lead to serious damage. Using a straw, drinking more water, brushing at least twice a day and flossing regularly will help to protect your teeth from sugar buildup and decay. 

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Travel Must Haves

When you're packing for a trip, a few things probably top your packing list: phone & charger, passport, voltage converters, emergency cash, and a bottle of hand sanitizer.  But, what about keeping your teeth looking sparkly and healthy while you're on your dream vacation?  Here are a few must-haves for your packing list:

1. Toothpaste
2. Tooth brush
3. Dental Floss
4. Sugar Free Gum
5. Camera!!

Enjoy your summer travels!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Celebrities Who Have Had Dental Surgery

We all know our favorite celebrities didn’t always look that way. Before they were famous, most went through their own awkward phases and then transformed into the glamorous people we know today.

One of the most common types of changes celebrities make is to undergo cosmetic dental surgery. Did you know the following people have had their teeth fixed?

•    Tom Cruise
•    George Clooney
•    Catherine Zeta-Jones

Glamour has gathered some of the most extreme cases here!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Why Flossing Is So Important

Did you know that many people floss don't floss every day, or even AT ALL?  Thankfully, Sandy Johnson of BrightNow.com has collected the most important factors when it comes to flossing:

Flossing is hugely important. Why? It’s simple, really: Flossing gets at the smallest, hardest-to-reach crevices in your mouth—the places where cavities are most likely to develop.
It’s key to preventing gum disease and tooth loss, not to mention it could save you a ton of money on dental surgery. Think about that for a second: A little $2 container of floss and 3-5 minutes per day could save you a bill for tens of thousands of dollars a few years down the road (and a lot of discomfort).
Here are a few quick tips to make sure you get the most out of your flossing routine:
• Use whatever works. Old-school ribbon floss, one of those Y-shaped holders—there are a lot of ways to get into those hard-to-reach areas. Ask your dentist and hygienist if there’s a particular one that’s right for you.
• Work the floss between your teeth gently, in a sort of sawing motion. You don’t want to just jab it in there and risk damaging your gums.
• Once you’re in, pull the floss sideways and scrape off the insides of your teeth in an up-and-down motion.
• Don’t forget the very back of your last tooth! A lot of gunk can build up there, and a lot of people forget it since it’s in the back.
Don’t get us wrong—flossing is a chore. But it’s one of the most important ones you’ll engage in all day.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

7 Quotes That Will Make You Smile!

1. “If you see a friend without a smile, give him one of yours.” –Proverb
2. “The shortest distance between two people is a smile.” –Unknown
3. “You are not fully dressed until you wear a smile.” –Evan Esar
4. “If you smile at someone, they might smile back.” –Unknown
5. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” –Dr. Seuss
6. “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” –Mark Twain
7. “A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re at home.” –Unknown