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Change ten habits to make your teeth whiter

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Change ten habits to make your teeth whiter

Maintain frequent visits to the dentist and use dental aesthetic treatments are great options for those who want white and beautiful teeth. But little will advance this effort, day by day, if the habits are the biggest enemies of the perfect smile.

So, Patricia Moreira de Freitas , Department of Dentistry´s Professor, at USP Dental School , listed 10 habits that should be changed from now on, to ensure healthy teeth and a whiter appearance.

1. Take plenty of water, but avoid mineral water
That's it. Everyone knows that drinking water is good for the body and the mouth, as it helps in saliva production, essential for cleaning and dilution of food waste and acids. But according to Health website, mineral waters ( of the bottles ) usually have less fluoride than the amount recommended by health organizations for the maintenance of good oral health.

2. Chew gum
According to Patricia, there are some studies that link the sugar-free chewing gum with xylitol and as great friends of oral health. This is because this substance, which is a natural sweetener, helps prevent bacterial plates, and neutralize the pH levels of the mouth , increasing saliva production .

3. Always keep in stock a cereal bar or a fruit
Fibrous foods such as cereals and some types of fruits - apple or pear - contain less sugar and need to be chewed more times, which stimulates the production of saliva in the mouth. And as we know, the more saliva, the mouth is cleaner.

4. Isotonic : great for the sport , bad for teeth
Although important to replenish the minerals that the body loses during sports, these drinks have an acid pH, associated with reduced salivary flow during physical activity , may promote dental erosion ( loss of minerals in the tooth structure ) . Erosion can expose the dentin (innermost tooth structure ) having a yellowish color , giving a darkened appearance or stained teeth and for making them sensitive .

5. Wine can stain the teeth
Regular consumption of wine, by the acidic pH, can also promote damage to the enamel and dentin. In addition, it can change the tooth surface coloring. And, although not stain such as red wine , white wine also has the potential to dissolve enamel, creating a rough surface that facilitates the adherence of food and beverage pigments. A good tip to avoid or minimize damage is to take the drink in small sips and always consume water together to dilute the acids in the mouth.

6. Avoid excessive consumption of pasta and sweets. They are enemies of balance and smile
According to a survey by the University of Washington in the United States, excess carbohydrates can cause few extra pounds and serious damage to the teeth. Because they are easy fermentation, these foods promote the growth of bacteria related to the formation of caries and gum inflammation.

7. Stop smoking and live better
According to a survey by the Universidade Estadual Paulista ( UNESP ) cigarette smoke can cause yellow spots on teeth , can alter the structure of the enamel and the layer that lies just below him, the dentin . It also modifies the properties of the composite resin material used in dental fillings. All this, without counting the carcinogens present in it.

8. Cold temperatures and tea ? Say no.
When consumed in excess, both tea and coffee can cause stains on teeth. And while some studies show that green tea helps in reducing gum disease because the catechin, a substance found in this drink, has antioxidant effects , its high consumption can also stain your teeth . Therefore, consume it in moderation and take water during the day are measures that minimize these effects.

9. Talk to your dentist to choose your mouthwash
This is because the mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine digluconate (substances which have bactericidal activity) have restrictions of use, because they have adverse effects such as loss of taste , burning sensation and stains on the tooth surface . This type of product should be used only by indicating the dentist and for a specified time.

10. Bruxism : seek treatment
The involuntary act of teeth grinding can cause pain in the jaw and head, can change the aspect of the face and even change the tooth enamel. For this problem, the best thing to do is to look for an expert able to indicate the best treatment.

Source: Saúde Terra – http://saude.terra.com.br/