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Handy hints for teeth using baking soda

Freshen Dentures

Dissolve 2 teaspoons of baking soda into a glass of warm water. Then just soak your dentures to loosen food, get rid of odours, and freshen any lingering bad taste. It also works for retainers and mouth guards. For a more thorough job, clean them also with some bicarbonate and a toothbrush.

Inexpensive Mouthwash

That garlic chillie prawn feast was delish. But now your breath is keeping even your pet dog away. Swish a teaspoon of baking soda in a half glass of water and rinse your mouth. It doesn’t just mask the smell with a minty scent like most mouthwashes do. Baking soda actually banishes the odour altogether.

Green Teeth Cleaner

Baking soda works well in physically removing plaque, the sticky film of bacteria in your mouth. Over time, a plaque buildup hardens into tartar and can lead to gum disease. Dip a wet toothbrush into the baking powder and brush as usual. It doesn’t have the fluoride you need to protect against tooth decay and cavities. Many public water supplies have added fluoride. Even so, brush with regular toothpaste as well to be safe.

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Quiz: 14 Secrets to a Healthy, Pretty Mouth

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What’s the first thing you should do for peeling or chapped lips?

  • a-Lick them to keep them moist
  • b-Apply lip balm
  • c-Gently peel off flakes
  • Correct! You answered: Apply lip balm

Balms — even if they’re inexpensive or very basic — are key for rehydrating dry lips and locking in moisture. Licking, however, makes it worse. Choose one with sunscreen, SPF 15 or higher, since sun exposure can cause chapped lips or make them worse.

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Which food has the same ingredient as many lip-plumping glosses?

  • a-Balsamic vinaigrette
  • b-Salsa
  • c-Strawberry jam
    Correct! You answered:Salsa

    Capsaicin, the compound that gives heat to hot peppers, is used in many lip-plumping glosses. Capsaicin — or other ingredients like cinnamon, wintergreen, and menthol — irritates the lips, increasing blood flow. The idea is that the extra blood will swell the lips, but most experts say the effect is minimal.

    To get a plumper look with makeup, put a dot of silver or gold lip gloss or shimmery eye shadow in the middle of your upper and lower lips. It’ll create the appearance of a puffier pout.

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    Which of these is the better treatment for cracked or chapped lips?

    • a-A petroleum-jelly-like balm
    • b-A classic, waxy stick
      • Correct! You answered: A petroleum-jelly-like balm

      Balms and sticks with petrolatum and other sealing agents like shea butter maintain moisture inside your skin better than wax does. But what may help heal the lips even faster is treating them with an extremely moisturizing lip or face cream that will soak into the skin and then sealing the moisture in with a balm. Look for creams with antioxidants or hyaluronic acid.

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      Sheer lipsticks are better than matte lipsticks for women with dry lips.

      • a-True
      • b-False
      • Correct! You answered: True

      It used to be that matte lipsticks contained few oils and could cake and flake on drier lips. But these days, the lipsticks of most good makeup lines include either emollients like shea butter or types of silicone that keep lips moist.

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      Women with braces shouldn’t wear lipstick, or at least not bright or shiny colors.

      • a-True
      • b-False
      • Correct! You answered: False

      Going withoutlip color will bring full attention to your mouth, so the only thing you’ll notice is the braces, says LA aesthetician LeAine Dehmer. The trick is to bring attention to the lips themselves. To do that, avoid dark tones. But go ahead and add shine or a gentle sparkle, she says. It may boost your confidence.

      A leading orthodontist notes that bright color also brings the focus to your mouth. But some women with braces like people to notice, says Dr. Gayle Glenn.

      If you have ceramic braces, a lip stain or long-lasting formula lipstick may be less likely to smudge and get color on your brackets, she says.

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      Is it your imagination, or are your mustache hairs getting darker with age?

      • a-Your imagination
      • b-They’re getting darker
      • Correct! You answered: They’re getting darker

      Many women complain as they age that formerly fine or light hairs on their upper lip seem to get darker or coarser as they get older. It’s a real phenomenon that can be due to normal hormonal fluctuations.

      Excessive new hair growth, however, should be checked out by a doctor.

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      Which of these are good for your health, but may be bad for your teeth?

      • a-Citrus fruits
      • b-Red wine
      • c-Both
      • Correct! You answered: Both

      Despite being packed with heart-healthy polyphenols, red wine can stain teeth. It’s also acidic, as are foods like citrus, and highly acidic foods and drinks can erode enamel.

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      What’s the best thing to do right after eating an orange?

      • a-Give your teeth a quick brush
      • b-Chew some gum
      • Correct! You answered: Chew gum

      Acidic foods and drinks like citrus and alcohol temporarily soften enamel — so if you brush right after consuming them, you can actually wipe away some of your enamel. The best thing to do is chew some sugarless gum with xylitol, which helps counteract the acid.

      Eating some cheese or drinking milk will do the same thing. (FYI, brushing an hour or two later is fine.)

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      Aside from smoking, what’s the top cause of fine lines above the lip?

      • a-Drinking from bottles/straws
      • b-Sleeping on your stomach/face
      • Correct! You answered: Drinking from bottles/straws

      Experts have long noticed that women who smoke tend to get very pronounced fine lines around the mouth, partially from constant contraction of the muscles in that area. But pursing your lips to sip from a straw, sports bottle, or reusable coffee cup requires the same kind of muscle contraction.

      To reduce this effect, sip straws from the sides of your mouth, and pay attention to pursing less while sipping from other cups.

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      Botox shots are the best way to treat lines around the lips.

      • a-True
      • b-False
      • Correct! You answered: False

      Botulinum toxin injections such as Botox and Dysport do work, but they’re not the only fix. Botulinum toxin relaxes muscles around the mouth, smoothing the appearance of lines by reducing the ability to pout the lips temporarily.

      Fillers can be used to plump out the area, smoothing lines, and laser resurfacing may smooth things by strengthening collagen under skin.

      As for over-the-counter cures, anti-aging creams with peptides or retinoids specifically formulated for the areas around the mouth may help.

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      What can help keep lipstick from bleeding into lip lines?

      • a-Eyebrow pencil
      • b-Face powder
      • c-Cream blush
      • Correct! You answered: Face powder

      The latest lipsticks don’t feather as much as those from years ago — but if yours still does, try this makeup artist strategy for filling in lines:

      Apply a moisturizing cream around the mouth and let it soak in; lightly dust the upper lip area with a fine face powder, then press into lip line with finger tip. Line lips with lip pencil, then apply your favorite lipstick.

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        Which of these toiletries can help keep lipstick from flaking?

        • a-Toothbrush
        • b-Dental floss
        • c-Mouthwash

        Correct! You answered: Toothbrush

        Exfoliating lips — sloughing away dead skin — creates a smooth surface for lipsticks and glosses. You don’t need a fancy product to do it; just run your toothbrush over your lips to quickly swipe away flakes.

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      You’re most likely to get a good result from at-home whitening if your teeth are

      • a-Yellowish
      • b-Grayish
      • Correct! You answered: Yellowish

      People with yellow tones to their teeth are likely to respond best to in-office or at-home tooth-whitening gels and strips. But grayish teeth might not bleach out at all, especially if the teeth have a bit of a translucent look. That’s likely caused by age or by thin enamel. In those cases, a cosmetic dentist may recommend veneers, bonding, or crowns.

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      Which of these at-home tooth-whitening products may take the longest to work?

      • a-Whitening rinses
      • b-Whitening strips
      • c-Whitening trays + gel
      • Correct! You answered: Whitening rinses

      Whitening mouthwashes that include the bleaching agent hydrogen peroxide are on teeth for a short time, rather than 30 minutes or more like strips and trays. So any effect they have may take longer.

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      Henry Sapiecha


20 Bad Habits That Wreck Your Teeth

If we are aware of more things that are exposing our teeth to danger of dame & decay we should take notice & watch if we do them so a correction in out teeth maintenance can be made if necessary

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1…Chewing on Ice

It’s natural and sugar free, so you might think ice is harmless. But munching on hard, frozen cubes can chip or even crack your teeth. And if your mindless chomping irritates the soft tissue inside a tooth, regular toothaches may follow. Hot foods and cold foods may trigger quick, sharp jabs of pain or a lingering toothache. Next time you get the urge for ice, chew some sugarless gum instead.

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2…Playing Sports With No Mouth Guard

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Whether you play football, hockey, or any other contact sport, don’t get in the game without a mouth guard. This is a piece of molded plastic that protects the upper row of teeth. Without it, your teeth could get chipped or even knocked out when the action gets rough. Self-fitting mouth guards may be purchased at a store, or you can have one custom made by your dentist.

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3…Bedtime Bottles

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It’s never too early to protect teeth. Giving a baby a bedtime bottle of juice, milk, or formula, can put new teeth on a path to decay. The baby may become used to falling asleep with the bottle in his or her mouth, bathing the teeth in sugars overnight. It’s best to keep bottles out of the crib.

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4…Tongue Piercings

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Tongue piercings may be trendy, but biting down on the metal stud can crack a tooth. Lip piercings pose a similar risk. And when metal rubs against the gums, it can cause gum damage that may lead to tooth loss. The mouth is also a haven for bacteria, so piercings raise the risk of infections and sores. Bottom line, discuss the health risks with your dentist first.

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5…Grinding Teeth

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Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can wear teeth down over time. It is most often caused by stress and sleeping habits. This makes it hard to control. Avoiding hard foods during the day can reduce pain and damage from this habit. Wearing a mouth guard at night can prevent the damage caused by grinding while sleeping.

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6…Cough Drops

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Just because cough drops are sold in the medicine aisle doesn’t mean they’re healthy. Most are loaded with sugar. So after soothing your throat with a lozenge, be sure to brush well. Whether the sugar comes from a cough drop or a hard candy, it reacts with the sticky plaque that coats your teeth. Then bacteria in the plaque convert the sugar into an acid that eats away at tooth enamel. Hello, cavities.

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7…Gummy Candy

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All sugary treats promote tooth decay, but some candies are harder to bear. Gummies stick in the teeth, keeping the sugar and resulting acids in contact with your enamel for hours. If your day just isn’t the same without a gummy critter, pop a couple during a meal instead of as a separate snack. More saliva is produced during meals, which helps rinse away candy bits and acids.

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7…Sweet Soda

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Candy isn’t the only culprit when it comes to added sugar. Sodas can have up to 11 teaspoons of sugar per serving. To add insult to injury, sodas also contain phosphoric and citric acids, which eat away at tooth enamel. Diet soft drinks let you skip the sugar, but they may have even more acid in the form of the artificial sweeteners.

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8…Opening Stuff With Your Teeth

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Opening bottle caps or plastic packaging with your teeth may be convenient, but this is one habit that makes dentists cringe. Using your teeth as tools can cause them to crack or chip. Instead, keep scissors and bottle openers handy. Bottom line, your teeth should only be used for eating.

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9…Sports Drinks

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There’s no doubt a cold sports drink is refreshing after a good workout. But these drinks are usually high in sugar. Like soda or candy, sugary sports drinks create an acid attack on the enamel of your teeth. Drinking them frequently can lead to decay. A better way to stay hydrated at the gym is to chug sugar-free, calorie-free water.

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10…Fruit Juice

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Fruit juice is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, but unfortunately most juices are also loaded with sugar. Some juices can have as much sugar per serving as soda. For example, there are only 10 more grams of sugar in orange soda than in orange juice. Fruits are naturally sweet, so look for juice that has no added sugar. You can also reduce the sugar content by diluting juice with some water.

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11…Potato Chips

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The bacteria in plaque will also break down starchy foods into acid. This acid can attack the teeth for the next 20 minutes — even longer if the food is stuck between the teeth or you snack often. You might want to floss after eating potato chips or other starchy foods that tend to get stuck in the teeth.

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12…Constant Snacking

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Snacking produces less saliva than a meal, leaving food bits in your teeth for hours longer. Avoid snacking too frequently, and stick to snacks that are low in sugar and starch — for example, carrot sticks.

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13…Chewing on Pencils

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Do you ever chew on your pencil when concentrating on work or studies? Like crunching on ice, this habit can cause teeth to chip or crack. Sugarless gum is a better option when you feel the need to chew. It will trigger the flow of saliva, which can make teeth stronger and protect against enamel-eating acids.

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14…Drinking Coffee

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Coffee’s dark color and acidity can cause yellowing of the teeth over time. Fortunately, it’s one of the easiest stains to treat with various whitening methods. Talk to your dentist if you’re concerned about discoloration of your teeth.

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Cigarettes, as well as other tobacco products, can stain teeth and cause them to fall out as a result of gum disease. Tobacco can also cause cancer of the mouth, lips, and tongue. If you were looking for one more reason to quit, think of your smile.

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16…Drinking Red Wine

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The acids in wine eat away at tooth enamel, creating rough spots that make teeth more vulnerable to staining. Red wine also contains a deep pigment called chromogen and tannins, which help the color stick to the teeth. This combination makes it easy for the wine’s red color to stay with you long after your glass is empty.

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17…Drinking White Wine

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You might think sticking to white wine would spare your teeth. But the acids still weaken the enamel, leaving the teeth porous and vulnerable to staining from other beverages, such as coffee. Swishing with water after drinking or using toothpaste with a mild whitening agent can fight the staining effects of red and white wines.

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19…Binge Eating

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Binge eating often involves excessive amounts of sweets, which can lead to tooth decay. Binging and purging (bulimia nervosa) can do even more damage to dental health. The strong acids found in vomit can erode teeth, making them brittle and weak. These acids also cause bad breath. Bulimia can lead to a variety of serious health problems, so be sure to talk to your doctor if you have been purging.

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20…Do not eat concrete,bicycles,glass,metal,bricks or elephants as they will effect not just your teeth but your general well being

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Henry Sapiecha