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6 Surprising Toothpaste Uses

Typically, toothpaste is used to clean teeth. However, toothpaste provides a wide array of uses ranging from healing to cosmetic purposes. You should try out these surprising uses and benefit from the wide range of functions that your basic toothpaste has to offer.

 

Alleviate irritation

 

One unusual toothpaste use is the alleviation of skin irritation originating from bites and skin rashes. Place some toothpaste over a wasp, bee, or other insect bite to aid with the irritation and reduce swelling. You could also apply toothpaste to blisters or sores. Toothpaste helps in drying them up and enables your wounds to heal faster. It is advisable to apply the toothpaste overnight for effective results. Toothpaste provides rapid relief, particularly a mint-flavored one.

 

Clean jewelry

 

You should use a soft toothbrush with a small quantity of toothpaste to brush jewelry that appears dull. You should then rinse and polish your jewelry and bring out its shiny appearance using a soft cloth.  You should also soak metal that is extremely dirty in a cup of water that contains dissolved toothpaste. However, you should not use toothpaste to achieve a white finish on your pearls. This is because toothpaste causes damage to the surface.

 

Clean fingernails

 

The next time you wish to pamper your nails, use a nailbrush with a dab of toothpaste. You will attain stronger, shinier and cleaner nails. Toothpaste has a similar effect on your nails as it does your teeth.

 

Eliminate smells

 

After chopping some food items such as onions and garlic, the smell of these items tend to linger on your hands. This can at times be frustrating or even cause embarrassment. Nevertheless, toothpaste could eliminate the pungent smell that permeates your skin. You simply need to scrub your fingertips and hands briefly using toothpaste. Toothpaste will help to remove every trace of smelly odors, leaving your hands smelling fresh. You could also use toothpaste to clean smelly bottles. In instances where you have forgotten to clean out your baby's bottles immediately, you could mix some water and toothpaste in the water and scrub until you remove the stains and smell. You should then remember to rinse thoroughly.

 

Reduce blemishes and bruises

 

For this function, it is advisable to use some type of menthol toothpaste. In this case, you should apply toothpaste to a blemish or bruise before going to bed and remove the toothpaste the following morning. You should repeat this process for a couple of days. Your blemishes will disappear and so will your bruises.

 

Stain removal

 

Toothpaste is effective on tough stains. For clothes, dab some toothpaste on the stain directly and rub vigorously until the spot disappears and then wash normally.

Posted by: Admin Admin on 8/8/2014
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3 Signs You Might Have a Cavity

Anyone who has ever had to deal with a cavity knows how excruciating it can be. The best way to deal with a cavity is to have it treated before it becomes a problem. Regular visits to the dentist can help you spot it just as it is forming therefore deal with it then. Before your next appointment though, anything can happen. By knowing what to look out for can help you know when a cavity is forming and therefore go to the dentist early enough for treatment.

 

  • Pain

Pain is perhaps the best indication that something is wrong. When a cavity is forming, you will most likely feel pain when you eat or when an object comes into contact with the tooth. You should have your dentist check it out. Using pain killers may alleviate the pain but without treating the root cause of it, the situation may get worse.

 

  • Bad breath

If you follow a regular dental routine but are suffering from bad breath, it may be a sign of cavity. Bad breath is an indication of bacteria which is the cause of the plaque that causes the cavity. Where there is a high buildup of bacteria there is a presence of an infection which is what causes the cavity to appear.

 

  • Sensitivity

If when eating or drinking, your tooth is sensitive to heat or cold, then you should check for cavity. A sensitive tooth will react to any sensation. When your tooth has a cavity it means that the nerves underneath are exposed to the elements. This is why you will react to heat or cold. With a cavity even cold air rushing into your mouth will be felt by the sensitive tooth.

 

These three are the major signs that you have a cavity. You can also have your teeth examined if you notice any kind of discoloration on the enamel.  When your tooth starts chipping or breaking, then the cavity may have progressed to a critical level. Get in touch with your dentist to have the situation remedied as soon as possible.

 

A cavity may occur even with the most stringent efforts to have proper oral hygiene. Having the cavity treated at the beginning will save you money and also the excruciating pain that will have you seeking the services of the dentist whether you want to or not. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 8/7/2014
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Caring for Braces

Healthy teeth and gums can be achieved by maintaining a consistent daily dental cleaning routine. When you have braces you should be keen and patient when cleaning your teeth this is because braces have countless of tiny spaces that trap food which if not cleaned well will result to plaque, and may lead to other dental problems such as cavities, swollen gums, permanent stain and bad breath. To prevent this you should:

 

  • Always brush your teeth after every meal and at bedtime.
  • Rinse with a fluoride mouthwash at least once a day.
  • Clean in between your teeth once or twice a day.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities.
  • Always clean your toothbrush and any other dental cleaning appliance after use.
  • Eat healthy foods and avoid hard foods, sticky foods and sugary foods.
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When brushing your teeth employ the usual brushing technique but exercise caution and patience to ensure you do not damage your arch wire and braces or injure your gums. When brushing your teeth you should;

 

  • Use Orthodontic toothbrushes, Inter-dental toothbrushes or power toothbrushes which can remove plaque more effectively than manual toothbrushes
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or as soon as the bristle start to wear down.
  • Change your rubber bands after your eat.
  • Use the same brushing motion on the entire tooth surfaces.
  • Clean your braces brushing gently from the top then to the bottom.
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At the end of your oral cleaning routine your braces should look clean and the edges of the brackets should be seen clearly.

 

Flossing is essential for cleaning in between the teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach to remove food particles and plaque. When flossing:

 

  • Choose a thread with a stiffen end that threads it through the gap between each teeth.
  • Curve the floss around each tooth gently moving up and down the side of each tooth
  • Do not floss too forcefully or put too much pressure you could damage your braces or injure your gums.
  • Floss at night to ensure your teeth are absolutely clean at bedtime.
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Wearing braces requires patience and discipline. Proper oral care at home helps contribute to the long-term health of your teeth and gums. It is far easy to take care of your braces than to have them replaced often. Be sure to ask your dentist for information on how to best take care of the braces. Clean braces will mean a clean and healthy mouth coupled with fresh breath.

Posted by: Admin Admin on 6/5/2011
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