Posts Tagged ‘Teeth’

Grin and Bear It

December 23, 2009

Ok, so we all have heard of sports enhancing drugs, even sports enhancing clothes (like those Speedo racer swimsuits), but now comes the performance enhancing mouth guard.  Yup, you read that right, mouth guard.

But this isn’t the same one your brother uses for hockey or football.  No sir.  These light and flexible pieces of oral plastic fit over your teeth to correctly align and relax your jaw, thereby opening your airways allowing you to breathe more freely and efficiently. (Read as: superior athletic performance.)  Who knew?!

Bet you saw this coming, though…these guards can set you back hundreds, even thousands of dollars.  Derek Jeter won a world championship with them…that means they must be good, right?

For more info go here.  Buy them here and here.

White Wine vs. White Teeth

October 21, 2009

Here’s another reason to reach for a bottle of red instead of white.

Experts say imbibing in a glass of chardonnay or pinot grigio (my fav) on a regular basis can damage your teeth.

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Apparently white wine is more acidic than red and erodes enamel more.

If you know you won’t be able to stay away from the whites, grab some cheese.  These same folks say eating calcium rich cheese at the same time could counter the wine’s eroding effects. (yet another reason to love cheese, yes!)

But before swearing off white for red, remember, red wine can stain teeth.

So as they say…drink responsibly!

Smile! (Or don’t)

September 30, 2009

MouthYou all know how much I love swimming, but something I read recently has me thinking twice about suiting up and diving off the deep end. 

Apparently logging a lot of time in chemically treated pools, aka most pools out there, can cause your front teeth to stain.  And I’m not talking about a slight yellow tinge…I’m talking a cringe-worthy-kiss-me-and-you-die dark brown.  Um, yuck. 

 The condition is called swimmer’s calculus (yet another reason to not like math) and it’s caused when the pool chemicals mix with saliva.  But there is something to smile about (ha): it usually affects those who swim more than six hours a week. 

So unless you’re trying out for the 2012 Olympics, your pearly whites will stay that way.  (Unless, of course, you’re a coffee drinking, chain smoking, lean, mean lap swimming machine!)