TREAT YOUR TEETH LIKE ROYALTY
Queen Elizabeth II has three birthdays. She was born on 21 April 1926. Her official birthday in the United Kingdom is 12 June, a date chosen to coincide with the Trooping the Colour parade in summer. If you’re going to have another birthday, you may as well throw a parade, right? In New Zealand, her birthday is also celebrated on the first Monday in June, which this year was the 7th. That’s a lot of partying, wining, dining, and cake. All of which are very bad for your teeth. Luckily, the Queen has excellent teeth. Apparently all her own. Something all of us should be aiming for!
ARE GOOD TEETH HEREDITARY?
Your bone structure, size and shape of your mouth, are all inherited, which is why crooked teeth are usually passed down the generations. That doesn’t mean you have to settle for crooked teeth. There are many ways to correct them. Queen Elizabeth II wore braces as a child and look how great her teeth are!
Crooked teeth are not ‘bad’ teeth. Incorrect or poor oral care habits create bad teeth. What kind of teeth you have will be determined by your oral hygiene habits, not those of your parents, as well as your choice of possible corrective measures you may need.
Queen Elizabeth’s mother, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, is famous not only for living to 101, but also for her exceptionally bad teeth. There are a number of reasons why her teeth were so discoloured. The Queen Mother was, by many accounts, a party girl! Wining, dining, and cake played a large part, as did gin and cigarettes in her lifestyle.
TWO OF THE WORST THINGS YOU CAN INDULGE IN, AS FAR AS YOUR TEETH ARE CONCERNED.
Alcohol and cigarettes will have a disastrous effect on the colour of your teeth and the health of your gums.
ALCOHOL IS AWASH WITH DYES
All alcohol is bad for your teeth thanks to the high sugar content it contains. Red wine will change their colour, turning them a soft lilac colour at first, and over time, more brown, blue, dingy grey, or even purple. Red wine contains acids, tannin, and natural dyes, all of which etch and stain your teeth. White wine may not stain your pearly whites directly but, thanks to its high acidity, will eat away at the enamel making staining from other causes a lot easier.
Smoking can make your teeth, and your fingers, yellow. If you are a chain-smoker, like the Queen Mother, your teeth will most likely turn darker yellow or even brown. But it doesn’t end with just stained teeth. Your gums will suffer as well, doubling the risk of gum disease, and your gums may have difficulty healing.
Limiting your alcohol intake, giving up smoking, and having regular dental check-ups and professional cleans will keep your teeth, white, gleaming, strong and healthy. Now that’s a good reason for a parade!
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