Tuesday, April 8, 2008

No. 1 Reason Your Teeth Are Not White

If your teeth aren't pearly white, you only have yourself to blame. An unhealthy adult lifestyle, especially smoking, is largely responsible for bad teeth, HealthDayNews reports of research from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England that was published in the Journal of Dental Research.

The study of 337 people found out the following:

  • Smokers and those from deprived social circumstances are the most likely to lose their teeth.
  • The more cigarettes you smoke, the more teeth you are likely to lose. Why? Smoking restricts blood flow to the gums. That leads to gum disease, and that leads to tooth loss.
  • Poor dental hygiene, that is not brushing and flossing regularly and seeing a dentist twice a year, leads to tooth loss. More people from deprived social circumstances suffer from poor dental hygiene than any other group.
  • Poor dental habits in childhood have almost no impact on adult teeth and gums.

If you're in your 20s, beware!

The young adult years are the worst period of life for dental care, especially among men ages 20 to 30. "Even people who look after their teeth when they are children may slip into bad habits when they leave home and indulge in an unhealthy lifestyle as young adults," co-author Jimmy Steel said. "It's common for chocolate bars to be substituted for meals or for regular teeth-brushing to stop. In fact, studies show that men aged 20-30 are the worst at looking after their oral health."

Want a celebrity smile? The Journal of the American Dental Association offer these tips advice to keep your teeth white:

  • Avoid drinking too much coffee or red wine.
  • Use toothpaste that has hydrogen peroxide or baking soda.
  • Floss, and if you don't floss, use a mouthwash (such as Listerine) to reduce plaque and gingivitis in areas between the teeth.
  • What you eat, matters. Sodas, including diet sodas, are high in acidity and aren't good for your teeth. Eat sugary snacks only if you can brush your teeth immediately.
  • Don't ignore changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite and pay attention to gums that bleed.
source: Netscape.com

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