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Baking soda is one of the best ingredients that you can use to get rid of yellow teeth. It will help remove plaque and make your pearly whites shine.

Mix a quarter teaspoon of baking soda with a little toothpaste. Brush your teeth with this gritty mixture and rinse with warm water. Use it once or twice a week.

Alternatively, you can combine baking soda with lemon juice, white vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide.

You can make a whitening mouthwash by mixing one tablespoon of baking soda and one and a half teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide with one cup of cold water. Rinse with the mouthwash two or three times a day.

You can also scrub your teeth gently for at least two minutes with diluted baking soda. Do this twice in the first week, and then every 15 days. It is essential to note that excess use of baking soda can strip your teeth of its natural enamel.

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Per the latest research:

Brush gently with a simple horizontal scrubbing motion, with the brush at a 45-degree angle to get to the dental plaque.

To avoid brushing too hard, hold the brush with a pencil grip rather than a fist.

This simple method is perfectly effective at keeping your gums healthy.

SOURCE: University College London, news release, Aug. 8, 2014

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Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny, professor of restorative dentistry at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia in the journal General Dentistry:

Woman in her 30s who drank 2 liters of diet soda daily for three to five years experienced tooth rot and decay remarkably similar to that suffered by a 29-year-old methamphetamine addict and a 51-year-old habitual crack cocaine user.

Methamphetamine and crack are known to ravage the mouths of users, and the drug abusers need all of their teeth extracted. The acid in soda is in the form of citric acid and phosphoric acid and does more or less the same.


"You look at it side-to-side with ‘meth mouth’ or ‘coke mouth,’ it is startling to see the intensity and extent of damage more or less the same,"

How does the industry react?

A group representing soft drink manufacturers said this case study should not be seen as an indictment of diet sodas generally.


Sugar-free soda is no better than regular soda when it comes to dental decay. Avoid them. Especially for kids.

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You may be able to prevent two of the most common diseases such as tooth decay (cavities) and periodontal (gum) disease, simply by improving your diet and through some common sense steps.

Decay results when the teeth and other hard tissues of the mouth are destroyed by acid products from oral bacteria. Certain foods and food combinations are linked to higher levels of cavity-causing bacteria. Although poor nutrition does not directly cause periodontal disease, many researchers believe that the disease progresses faster and is more severe in patients whose diet does not supply the necessary nutrients.

1. Eat a well-balanced diet characterized by moderation and variety. Choose foods from the five major food groups: fruits, vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products and meat, chicken, fish or beans. Avoid fad diets that limit or eliminate entire food groups, which usually result in vitamin or mineral deficiencies.

2. Keep your mouth moist by drinking lots of water. Saliva protects both hard and soft oral tissues.

3. Foods that cling to your teeth promote tooth decay. So when you snack, avoid soft, sweet, sticky foods such as cakes, candy and dried fruits. Instead, choose dentally healthy foods such as nuts, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, and cheese.

4. Foods that are high in carbohydrates, as well as some fruits, juices and sodas, peanut butter, crackers and potato chips are culprits. When you eat fermentable carbohydrates, such as crackers, cookies and chips, eat them as part of your meal, instead of by themselves. Combinations of foods neutralize acids in the mouth and inhibit tooth decay.

5. Eat less. dental disease is just as related to overeating as heart disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

6. Parents should take their child to the dentist just after the first tooth appears. Children should also be supervised as they brush. A good rule of thumb is that when children can dress themselves and tie their own shoes, then they are ready to brush unsupervised. Children should be supervised in proper flossing techniques until the age of 10.

7. Any prolonged exposure to soda can cause damage. Avoid sodas

8. Children at school should rinse their mouth with water after meals, leaving their teeth free of sugar and acid. Children should also brush three times a day for two minutes and rinse with a fluoridated mouth rinse.

9. Avoid Chewy/sticky sweets, sour candies or sugary snack. Try hard candies or better yet dark chocolate.

10. Introduce oral health care habits early. Wipe baby’s gums with a damp cloth after every feeding. Introduce brushing with a soft-bristle brush and water when the first tooth appears. Parents can add a pea-sized dab of fluoridated toothpaste to the toothbrush by age 2.