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Health - Smile Bright A bright white smile is associated with youth and vitality because as we age, our teeth start to discolour naturally. Whilst good dental health is an essential basis for your youthful smile, many external factors can make otherwise good teeth look unhealthy. So how can you address this ? The first step is to avoid the things that cause your teeth to yellow in the first place. Smoking, coffee (particularly black coffee), tea, red wine, cola drinks and curry will all cause discolouring. If you do indulge, brush your teeth as soon as possible as practical afterwards. For red wine or cola, using a straw will minimise the effects as this delivers the liquid into your mouth without touching your teeth. Crunchy, raw foods such as carrots, celery

and apples are natural cleaners. They encourage your mouth to salivate and can help to rub off the plaque that sticks to your teeth. There are many whitening toothpastes available, although some can be pricey. Often the main ingredient in these toothpastes is baking soda. You can make your own paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda although it won’t taste great and you shouldn’t use it every day as it can be abrasive. If toothpaste and vegetables are not enough to make a noticeable difference, the next option is to go for a teeth whitening treatment. It is possible to buy kits to do this at home and this is certainly a cost effective way of getting a bright white smile. However, treatment from a dentist will both achieve better results and be much quicker.

Welcoming new NHS patients We are currently taking on new NHS patients and offer both general den ntistry to keep your teeth healthy and cossmetic dentistry to improve your smile and d confidence.

Jiggins Lane Dental Jiggins Lane Dental within the e Medical Centre 17 Jiggins Lane, Bartley Green, Birmingham B32 3LE

0121 476 5360 | jigginslan nedental@gmail.com

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