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5 Foods that improve your smile

Who doesn’t want a knock’em dead smile? Well we have all heard of foods and activities which aren’t so great for your pearly whites (like coffee, smoking). But here are 5 foods that will help give a brighter, whiter smile.

  • Cranberries: Cranberries, along with lots of other fruit, contain some whacky doodads called polyphenols. These chemical compounds my help to prevent plaque forming on your teeth, leading to a nicer, whiter smile.
  • Apples: High in fiber, biting into an apple literally has a scrubbing effect on your teeth. They also contain natural acids, which help to dissolve buildup. This scrubbing helps to remove stains from the enamel of your teeth
  • Dairy products: Cheese, mils, yogurt all contain calcium and phosphorous, which help to strengthen your teeth.
  • Strawberries: Strawberries contain malic acid that removes surface discolouration. They are so good at removing discolouration, they can even be used in home tooth whitening remedy. (we wont tell you how, but go look it up)
  • Water and sugar-free gum: not only does drinking water stop you from drinking other drinks (like cola), it helps provide your mouth with enough saliva. Saliva is one of the best cleaners of the mouth, and chewing sugar-free gum helps to stimulate saliva production, ensuring your mouth doesn’t dry out. Water and saliva also help wash away an surface plaque or sugar residue.

So when you’re preparing for your next big social event, try eating some of these foods to give your teeth a chance to shine!

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State of decay – Australia’s teeth

You’re doing it wrong Australia! In regards to oral health at least. Thats what the latest studies show, and the numbers make for pretty grim reading. I’ll spare you the long boring essay and deliver some jaw dropping facts straight to your face:

The bad

  1. The average number of affected teeth is on the rise in children, both in permanent and baby teeth.
  2. In 2010, nearly half of children aged 12 had experienced decay in their permanent teeth.
  3. 3 in 10 adults aged 25-44 had untreated tooth decay.

The good

  1. Australians were more likely to have visited the dentist in the past 12 months than New Zealand residents (hahaha take that kiwi’s)
  2. Since 1987, the number of people with decayed, missing or filled teeth is declining.
  3. Young people have lover risk of gum disease than older people.

If you’re into graphs, numbers and facts, check out the full document from the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing here:

Are you one of the 40% of people aged 15+ who didn’t visit a dentist in the last year? Maybe you know someone? Name and shame people, Name and shame!

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Where can you go for information?

We here at Don’t Brush It Off are very conscious of the fact that we do not know everything there is to know about dental health. Your first source of information should be your dentist,  as they are qualified to answer any and all of your questions. But we understand you like to do your own research, and understand more about your personal health and wellbeing. So we’ve compiled a list of places you can check out to get accurate and insightful information about your oral health.

The Australia Dental Association (ADA) – The organisation that represents 90% of Australia’s dentists. They represent one of the most reputable places to get information, and their information is really top notch.

Their website is here: http://www.ada.org.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/healthyteethaustralia

Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing (AIHW) – While the information they publish here isn’t overly engaging, the government publishes useful resources to help you not only keep your mouth healthy, but your entire body.

Website: http://www.aihw.gov.au/dental-and-oral-health/

Brands – If you ignore all the shameless self promotion, oral care brands often represent great places to find information. For instance, Oral B and Colgate both have well moderated facebook pages, which direct to their respective websites. Here you can find articles and information around various dental diseases, as well as suitable products.

Colgate: https://www.facebook.com/ColgateAustralia

Oral B: https://www.facebook.com/oralbau

Media

Newspapers, and other media sites often have health and wellbeing sections, and here you can find useful resources, interviews and opinions that you might not otherwise have access to.

The best of the bunch is the Huffington Post’s Health section, which you can find here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/healthy-living/

Do you have any places where you get information from? let us know!

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