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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

If you are a senior considering dental implants, you may have to worry about issues other dental patients don't have to think about. For example, you may need more time to recover after receiving your implants. My name is Jodi, and I've been working with seniors for years. I decided to create this blog to help the seniors I can't meet in person. In this space, I'm going to post entries on everything related to dental implants and seniors. From tips on flossing implants after arthritis has claimed some of your dexterity, to guiding you through the implants-vs-dentures debate, this blog is designed for you. Thanks for reading. I hope you find what you need!



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3 Ways to Achieve Whiter Teeth and Greater Self-Esteem

by Jimmy Carter

Do you shy away from having your picture taken because you hate the colour of your teeth? Maybe you have a tendency to cover your mouth when you speak, or avoid smiling as you feel people will judge you for having a smile that isn't as white as it could be. Unfortunately, confidence can often be knocked by having teeth that are less than perfect; after all, teeth are one of the first things people see when they first meet you. However, a white smile is not impossible to achieve. Read on for some tips on getting pearly whites that will make your smile the envy of others.

Change your lipstick

If you wear lipstick, it may be time to change the colour you wear to something more blue-based, such as a cool red or pink. This is because blue is opposite yellow and orange on the colour wheel, so wearing blue will cancel any yellow tinge on your teeth! Avoid anything that is brown-based, such as warm reds or oranges, as this will only exacerbate the problem and make your teeth look even more discoloured.

You are what you eat

Surprisingly, there are some foods that can help naturally whiten your teeth. Nuts and seeds are great as they are so abrasive; when you chew on them they scrub away yellow stains on your teeth. Other good choices are strawberries, which contain malic acid; malic acid has been shown to break down surface stains on the teeth, and is particularly effective if you mash up a couple of strawberries, add a pinch of baking soda to it and use it as a toothpaste! 

Another great teeth-whitener is broccoli, due to the fact it is packed with iron. Iron creates a coating on the surface of the teeth that is acid-resistant; this, in turn, helps protect the enamel.

Have your teeth whitened

A study by the UK's Manchester School of Dentistry showed that people with a full set of white teeth tend to have increased self-esteem, so consider getting your teeth whitened for a real boost in confidence. While at-home whitening kits may have a mild lightening effect, for a real change in your smile, consider booking a professional teeth-whitening treatment with a dentist that specialises in cosmetic dentistry. This tends to have a more noticeable and longer-lasting effect on the teeth.

Once you have nice, pearly whites, you should notice a drastic improvement in your self-esteem and be able to smile at the world once more!