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Life's Useful Tips

Master how to gain control of situations to improve your life. Know yourself a little better and understand why you react and behave the way you do. Hope that you would find these tips useful and handy.

 

ORAL HYGIENE

AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DENTIST AWAY
You thought you had heard them all. But here's a variation to the oft-quoted maxim. "An apple a day keeps the dentist away." Yup! It's great tooth decay preventer! The apple is said to have a mouth cleansing property and, if chewed well, has the same effect of a toothbrush. Besides, it is also great of relieving headaches and blood pressure.

Prevent Bad Breath
A dry mouth smells awful. To overcome the smelly outbreaks, you have to reduce bacteria population in the mouth, especially on the back of the tongue, where at least 80% of breath odour is thought to originate. Here’s how:

• Keep drinking water regularly.
• Saliva is the best breath freshener and bacteria flusher and it costs nothing. So keep eating the right kind of food after small intervals to produce saliva.
• Munch on crispy vegetables like celery, carrots or citrus fruits as these foods stimulate saliva.
• Stress may constrict the salivary glands, leaving you with the same dry mouth. You may use a clove, cardamom or non-sugary chewing gum to keep saliva flowing.

Mouth Friendly Foods
If snacking is an important part of your meal plan, opt for raw vegetables like carrots, celery and skimmed milk.

• These toothsome alternatives do not boost acid production the way sticky, sugary or starchy choices do.
• Unlike many foods, these don't leave a mess when you are through chewing. Cheddar cheese has some cavity-fighting prowess.
• Just a small amount of cheese may inhibit the acid flare-ups of cavity causing snacks.

Even Peanuts Help: peanuts contain a protective factor that helps fight the acid that peeks after a cavity-causing snack. Chewing peanuts will also boost the flow of saliva.

Age proof your teeth
Tooth enamel may look as delicate as porcelain but it is as tough as a bulletproof vest. Despite the fact that it's the hardest substance in our body, enamel still falls prey to cavities. Treat enamel kindly.

• Use an extra soft toothbrush if you have sensitive teeth.
• After eating sugary or starchy foods, brush your teeth or rinse your mouth.
• Fruit juices and soft drinks have sugars. To limit the time your teeth are exposed to the natural acids and sugars, sip these drinks through straws.
• To keep the enamel strong, we need calcium and phosphorus, which we get from food but saliva supplies them in plenty.

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