Tip # 1 Avoid consuming food and beverages that cause your teeth to stain.
Some examples of these are: coffee, tea, red wine, berries (blackberries, cherries and raspberries)
If these cannot be avoided, it is best to use a straw to avoid contact with the teeth.
Tip # 2 Regularly brush and floss your teeth
Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day.
It is best to brush your teeth after every after meal and floss at least once a day.
Tip # 3 Rinse with water
Simply rinse your mouth with water immediately after a meal.
This helps to prevent food particles from getting trapped on the surface and in between the teeth.
Tip # 4 Eat a healthy diet
Consider eating celery, carrots and apples.
These are found to be effective natural teeth whiteners.
Tip # 5 Use baking soda with 10 volume hydrogen peroxide
Apply this solution using a wet toothbrush at least 3 times a week.
Tip # 6 Stop Smoking
Cigarettes can seriously stain the teeth.
Tip # 7 Visit your dentist regularly
Make sure to visit your dentist at least every 6 months.
This will help you to keep on top of any necessary treatment.
Statistics relating to the health of the teeth and gums:
- About half of all children and two-thirds of adolescents aged 12–19 years from lower-income families have had tooth decay.
- Among all adolescents aged 12–19 years, 20% currently have untreated decay.
- Advanced gum disease affects 4%–12% of adults.
- Half of the severe gum disease cases are as a result of cigarette smoking.
- The prevalence of gum disease is three times higher among smokers than among people who have never smoked.
- A large percentage of people die from oral and pharyngeal cancers each year.
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