Friday, May 31, 2013



1.       Use a straw

Use a straw for sugary drinks. This helps protect teeth from acids.

2.       Avoid tea and coffee

Avoid tea and coffee after brushing as your teeth are more porous and prone to staining. Wait at least an hour after brushing for your morning reviver.

3.       Strongly coloured foods

Cut out strongly coloured foods. If you’re using at-home trays, skip the pesto and anything containing saffron for the duration.

4.       Give up smoking

Give up smoking. Nicotine will stain faster than almost anything else.

5.       Mouthwash

Choose the right mouthwash. Some mouthwashes designed to treat gum disease and mouth ulcers (chlorhexidine) may stain when used for a long period.

6.       Electric toothbrush

Use an electric toothbrush, such as the Oral-B TriZone 5000. This has a pointed tip for hard-to-reach back teeth, stationary bristles to sweep stains from the tooth surface – and bristles that move perpendicularly to remove food caught between them.

7.       Whitening toothpaste

Try a whitening toothpaste. If you can’t cut back on the tea and coffee, choose a toothpaste with an exfoliation formula that’ll slough off stains.

Thursday, May 30, 2013



All of us make little health mistakes that cause damage to our bodies in
the long run - simply because we are unaware we are doing something
wrong. Here are some of the most common mistakes made by many of us.

1.         Crossing our legs
Do you cross your legs at your knees when sitting? Although we may
believe that this is the lady-like elegant way to sit, sitting this way
cuts down circulation to your legs. If you don"t want varicose veins to
mar the beauty of your legs and compromise your health, uncross your
legs every time you realise you have one knee on top of the other. The
best way to sit is to simply place both legs together on the floor,
balancing your weight equally. If you feel like changing position,
instead of crossing your legs, simply move both legs together to one
side. As an alternative, you could also consider crossing your legs
loosely at the ankles. This is a classically elegant way to sit, and is
far better for your legs and your health than sitting with your legs
crossed at your knees.

2.         Not changing our toothbrush
How often do you change your toothbrush? Most of us wait until most of
the bristles have either fallen off, or are in such bad shape that we"d
be embarrassed to pull out our brush in public. However, since not many
of us need to pull out our brush in public, we carry on with our frayed
one until we lose it. Replace your toothbrush often. Damaged bristles
can harm the enamel, and don"t massage your gums well. If you find
brushing your teeth a pain like I do, but know you must do it, you might
as well be doing it right. Imagine going through the annoyance of
brushing your teeth twice a day only to find out that you"re damaging
your enamel every time you clean your teeth. Also, use a brush with soft
bristles unless your dentist has advised otherwise.

3.         Eating out often
There are oils that are high in cholesterol, and oils that cause little
harm and are better for your heart. However, no matter how light the oil
is, it is never a good idea to eat too much of it. Avoid fried
foods.Remember that in all probability your favourite Indian food
restaurant throws a huge, HUGE chunk of butter in a tiny bowl of dal.
Rita, who worked in the kitchen of a 5 star hotel, was shocked when she
saw the cook chop a 500gm butter slab in half, and throw half into a
Paneer Makhani dish. No wonder the customers left licking their fingers.
And no wonder they felt so stuffed and heavy afterwards. Limit outdoor
eating unless you know that you"re getting served light and healthy food.