What to Do About Everyday Mental Barriers

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Chances are you have experienced a psychological barrier at some time in your life. These are experiences within your mind affected by how you assess yourself and that prevent you from making desired progress.

We often hear about mental blocks as they relate to athletes in their respective sports. This affects both beginners and professionals, but it’s something that can affect us in any aspect of life.

What Could They Be?

Mental barriers are varied but many times are not identified as such. This is because it’s outside the context in which we normally think of them. Remember learning to ride your bike as a child? Maybe you learned quickly, or maybe you spent months or years unable to get on that bike without your dad holding onto it.

They often define the relationship between your belief in capability to achieve a goal, and a goal you believe is out of reach. For writers and authors, Writer’s Block prevents them from writing the perfect phrase or coming up with a new idea.

For an injured person adjusting to the use of prosthetics, their mindset could contribute to the belief that they can’t play their favorite sport anymore. Other common blocks that we tend to overlook include underestimating our marketable skills for a job. Or, self-sabotaging positive opportunities in our work and personal lives.

Mental barriers can manifest in many different ways. One person can experience more than one type, so it’s important to learn about them. Educate yourself on how to recognize the signs of a mental block and how to combat them. They may manifest through being too focused (to the exclusion of all else), being too distracted, or even through an inability to go about daily tasks.

How We Create Them

Ultimately, we create our own mental blocks, though other circumstances might have contributed to them. Self-doubt is a surprisingly common way to bar yourself from success, and this is what we often see in athletes. They want so badly to meet their goal. When they try to execute it physically and fail, they see a disconnect. Then, they begin to lose faith in their abilities. This is because they understood the theory of their goal so well.

A lack of confidence isn’t the only self-trigger. Similar conditions we place ourselves in that can result in a psychological barrier would be:

  • Fear of Failure – You may have all the right skills and qualifications to do something, but your own desire to avoid failing prevents you from at least trying.
  • Fear of the Unknown –  If you experience severe discomfort in new situations or new territory, you could potentially think yourself into a skewed perception of the people and events. Now armed with false assumptions, it’s easier to avoid the situation rather than face it.
  • Acute Stress – Being under constant stress from your home and work life is something most people deal with, but when it becomes severe, it can snowball into unmanageable anxiety. Your bodily response to stress mimics its response to physical danger. This means your mind is overridden by your need to act. In our thought-driven lives, this can prevent you from doing what needs to be done.
  • Traumatic Experiences – Past events have a habit of shaping us, and traumatic ones have the potential of burying themselves within the subconscious and influencing the choices we make. We see this in the way embarrassing experiences as children can affect adults’ social habits and comfort level in similar situations.

All of these can be accompanied by excessive overthinking, which only serves to magnify the block.

How You Can Defeat Them

Your logical mind will tell you that the best way to get through a mental barrier is to keep pushing at it. But rather than getting stronger as you go, you can actually lose ground this way. Instead of subjecting yourself to agonizing hours spent doing nothing, take the time to switch gears.

A mental rest can usually bring you back to your goal more relaxed and accepting of your abilities. When you learn to stop trying to force the results, you’ll find that your mind and body are more willing to excel. This is because of the freedom they feel they have to move and expand.

You can use a hobby or interest that is separate from the area of your mental block. This will put some distance between yourself and that particular activity. If you’re not sure your current interests can distract you, try out a new activity that will require a bit more focus. Give your mind a break from your other challenges.

Addressing a mental barrier can also be as easy as talking through it with a trusted friend or family member. Having someone to act as a sounding board can give you a more objective view of the problem and remind you that you’re not alone.

What are Your Mental Barriers?

Mental barriers aren’t restricted to the emotions and circumstances mentioned here. They can relate to any number of things within each aspect of your life. They can be just as mild as they can be severe. Take some time to mindfully considered your life, and you may discover a barrier that you hadn’t been aware of.

Once you recognize it is there, you can take the steps to overcome it and move forward.

5 Reasons oral care should be a top priority for all

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Everyone’s heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” In reality, it should say, “You are what you put in your mouth.”

This is because the condition of your mouth and teeth can actually say a lot about the condition of your overall health, which is why it is very important to make oral health a priority.

From the daily upkeep to actual dental care, there are many things you can do to make sure that your mouth is in tip-top shape.

Here are five reasons oral care should be a top priority for all and ensuring there is just one more way to be healthy overall.

Your mouth is the source of both good and bad

There are many parts of your mouth that when kept in good condition do a very good job at keeping the bad stuff at bay and the good stuff going to where it needs to go.

For example, saliva is one of the body’s main sources of defense against disease-causing bacteria and viruses. This is because it contains antibodies and proteins that battle against things such as the common cold and some more serious diseases such as HIV.

The problem is that if the mouth isn’t taken care of and things such as plaque are allowed to grow and get too out of control, those bad things that the mouth was trying to keep out will be let in. The good things such as saliva can become bad and actually help those bacteria and infections to grow worse when you don’t take care of your mouth.

The mouth can let you know when something is wrong

As stated above, your mouth has some very helpful tools that allow it to help the body avoid infection from many different types of serious illnesses and diseases.

In fact, doctors can actually use saliva to test whether or not something is or isn’t right with someone’s health.

When the mouth is kept in healthy condition and is well taken care of, it’s easier to know when something bad is actually going on.  That’s much better than worrying about more minor issues that might even be covering up some more serious health issues.

It’s not complicated

In reality, oral care is actually relatively simple. It starts with establishing good daily habits that can make such a big difference in the long run.

It’s also important to make sure dental care is a priority because even daily brushing and flossing sometimes isn’t enough, but an easy check-up at the dentist can really make sure everything is all good in the mouth and teeth department.

It would surprise a lot of people to find out how many adults haven’t been to the dentist in years.  Not to mention all the potential problems that lie within their mouths because of it.

It could mean less risk of cancer

Cancer is a scary word. We want to do anything possible to reduce our risk of ever having to suffer through any of its forms.

Studies that have shown that making oral health a priority can reduce the chances of cancer in certain body parts.

According to the Harvard School of Public health, there is a link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer. Men who had gum disease had a much higher chance of getting pancreatic cancer versus men who did not have gum disease.

If being cancer-free doesn’t motivate people to take care of their mouths who knows what will.

We have the tools

The good news is that now more than ever many people have good oral health and are taking care of their teeth. A big part of that is because we have many tools easily available to help us out.  

There are many great toothpaste, toothbrush, and floss options that are easily accessible and very affordable.

Most people have relatively easy access to consistent and great quality dental care. This helps to ensure that their mouth is really doing well and or to get the care they need.

Because all these tools are so accessible, there really is no excuse for bad oral health. Pay attention to your mouth and give it the love, care, and attention it needs. Your body will thank you in the end!

4 Essential Oils You Can Use Every Day

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We are always looking for new ways to improve our health. This can include changing up workout routines or replacing activities to promote better joint health and longevity. You should also try new ways to prepare and cook food. You can even test out different products for cleaning your home and protecting your yard from pests.

With so much emphasis on what people can do without relying heavily on manufactured goods, essential oils have become a popular alternative.

A Bit About Essential Oils

Essential oils are derived from plants. This has been a better option for people that like the idea of homeopathic options. These remedies are preferred because they seem less harmful. They are extracted by distillation or pressing the leaves, peels, or resin.

There are several varieties of resins, from the synthetic kind found in everyday clothes to BioLogiQ’s sustainable plastic resins and natural resins that are manufactured to work with the environment. Resins can be powdered or liquefied to use as incense, such as Frankincense.

Essential oils come from many natural items that have been used for centuries to address health and other issues, so it’s no surprise that, when used correctly, there are some quick and easy ways to incorporate essential oils into your everyday life to give you a boost.

Peppermint

Peppermint is something we find in so many products we use every day, including toothpaste, gum, ice cream, and tea, and it’s no coincidence. Besides giving us a fresh, clean, cool feeling, it can help reduce the symptoms of some pretty annoying things.

Peppermint oil can be used in any of its forms. You can rub a couple drops into your temples to help relieve a headache, diffuse it to address respiratory problems or allergies, or put a drop or two in a glass of water to freshen your breath and alleviate digestive issues. Topically, it can also be added to water or your normal soaps for things like dandruff or bug repellent.

Lemon

Who doesn’t love a nice slice of lemon in their glass of water? Lemon is something else we find everywhere from sweet lemonade and cakes to tart pies and savory chicken. It always tastes refreshing, but that may be secondary to some of its other benefits.

Using lemon in oil form, it can work as an antimicrobial when added to your all-natural cleaning products, detox and calm your body when added to water. It’s easy to use to boost your immune system and fight illnesses like colds or nausea. Diffuse it or add a few drops of it and you can have an added in your home and body.

Tea Tree

Tea tree or melaleuca originates in Australia and is widely popular because of its disinfecting properties. Its leaves were used to make a tea that had healing properties.  It was used quite a bit until the invention of penicillin.

It’s great to use as part of your skincare regimen against acne and works as an antifungal, fighting infections ranging from MRSA to athlete’s foot as well. With a wide range of conditions to fight from head lice to skin irritations like scabies or dry scalp, this is definitely one essential oil to keep around.

Lavender

If you’ve ever walked past a lavender tree, you already understand the calming effects of this essential oil. Because of this relaxing effect on both body and mind, it’s a good natural sleep aid.

It can also calm topical conditions such as insect bites or bee stings, minor cuts or burns including sunburns, and cold sores. This is one where a few drops diffused or diluted and rubbed into the skin can do wonders.

5 Important Facts About Brushing Your Teeth

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Brushing our teeth is something we’ve been taught to do from a very young age, and we’ve been taught that it’s what we need to do to take care of our teeth.

And all of that is very true, but do most people know why that is?

From preventing gingivitis to making sure you have fresh breath, there is a lot to know when it comes to brushing your teeth and why it’s important to do.

Here are five important things to know about brushing your teeth to help you know why you are doing it and to do it in the most correct way possible.

 

Brushing time matters

 

Although it may seem that as long as you brush your teeth it shouldn’t matter how long you do it for, that is actually not true. There is actually a certain amount of time that is the perfect amount of time to get your teeth and mouth fresh and clean.

According to Grove City Dental, brushing for about two to three minutes twice a day is a good amount of time, although most people fall short of that amount of time without knowing it. But it’s also important to not spend too much time brushing because that’s not good for your teeth and gums either.

 

Brushing technique is important

 

Just like the amount of time you spend brushing your teeth, how you brush your teeth actually matters too.

Brushing too hard or too vigorously can damage your gums which could lead to problems with your teeth.  Also, it’s good to switch around which directions you brush your teeth, like making sure to brush up and down as well as side to side.

 

Brush with the essentials

 

Having a good toothbrush and good toothpaste are what help to keep your teeth and mouth clean and healthy.

A toothbrush with firm but soft bristles is an optimum type of toothbrush to use to brush your teeth. Also, toothpaste that isn’t too strong and with a proper amount of fluoride is also essential.

It’s also good to know when to get a new toothbrush, which should be every two to three months or when your bristles start fraying at the ends.

 

Have an expert show you

 

If you feel that you or your kids’ brushing technique isn’t up to par, it’s a good idea to consult an expert.

When you or your kids go in for their dental checkup ask your dentist how they think you are doing when it comes to brushing and what techniques or areas you can improve on and ask them to show you how.

This will help to ensure that your teeth and gums will be in tip-top shape and you will be brushing your teeth in the correct way.

 

Brushing doesn’t necessarily stop cavities

 

Even when you brush your teeth with the right toothbrush for the correct amount of time using a really good technique you can still find that you or your child’s mouth have unwanted cavities.

So, how is this possible?

Although brushing your teeth is a super important part in keeping your mouth healthy and preventing cavities, what you eat and how often you consume sugar and sugary drinks can determine how susceptible your mouth is to cavities.

It’s important to make sure that along with brushing and flossing twice or more a day watching how much processed sugar you eat and drink will help to prevent those pesky cavities and leave you with a bright, clean, smile.

5 Reasons to Replace Regular Milk with Soy Milk

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It seems that nowadays many people are searching for good healthy alternatives to regular milk, whether it’s because of lactose intolerance or just dietary preference.

Luckily there are many different types of milk to choose from, such as soy milk, coconut milk, and almond milk. But which milk is really the best alternative to regular cow’s milk?

Many would consider soy milk as the best alternative to cow’s milk because it’s high in many vitamins and nutrients, and it’s also a lot lower in fat.

Here are five of the many reasons to replace regular milk with soy milk.

It’s really good for your heart

Soy products are some of the few that help to prevent and lower the risk of heart disease as well as help to lower cholesterol levels, according to the USFDA.

The reason that soy milk and soy products help to prevent the risk of heart disease and contribute to a healthy heart is that it is filled with vitamins, fiber, and polyunsaturated fats which are all really good for your heart.

One could say a glass of soy milk a day can help keep the doctor away!

You can make it at home

Technically you could say that you can make cow’s milk at home, but let’s just say for most people making soy milk at home would be a lot easier.

Soy milk can be easily made at home. It requires is soaking soybeans in water and then blending and straining the milk from them. You could buy them in bulk and then make fresh homemade soy milk each week from your own soybean storage.

Helps with skin and hair

Have skin issues like acne or wrinkles? Drinking soy milk can actually help with that.

Soy milk and other soy products have been shown to help with those who suffer from acne. It also helps with other skin issues like hyperpigmentation.

Soy milk and soy in general also have anti-aging benefits, helping to prevent wrinkles and other fine lines in the skin.

Diabetic friendly

If you are diabetic and you are looking for an alternative to milk that tastes good and also will help with your diabetes, then soy milk is the best option for you.

Soy milk is so good for those with diabetes because it helps prevent cardiovascular issues, and lowers cholesterol.

It also helps with weight loss, which can also be beneficial to those with diabetes.

Great source of protein

Some worry that by switching from cow’s milk to other non-dairy kinds of milk they lose one of their main sources of protein. But with soy milk, that is not the case.

Soy and soy milk is really high in protein. This ensures that when you drink soy milk or use it in your food you are getting the amounts your body needs. This maintains a strong and healthy body.

One of the downsides of cow’s milk is that although it is really high in protein, it’s also very high in fat. Soy milk is high in protein but lower in fat, making it a healthier option in the end.

From Pest to Pantry: Weeds You Can Eat

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The heat of summer is taking over, and the weeds in your yard are flourishing along with it. You’re ready to take extreme measures to remove them, leaving your yard lush and beautiful, but there are options other than using pesticides to kill them.

Did you know that many weeds you can eat? You can find them growing right in your yard. So if you’re ready to add some more greens to your diet and give your children some insight into living off the land, here are 8 weeds to take from the yard to the kitchen.

Dandelion

Starting with a classic, dandelions can be eaten both cooked and raw. They tend to be sweeter when younger, and you can steam them or add them to a stir fry to cut down on any bitterness. Their roots can be used as a substitute for coffee grounds, and the blossoms can even be used for jelly.

Clover

Thumper wasn’t kidding when he said the blossoms are the most delicious part. Both clover and red clover can be added to soups and salads or steeped for tea. But don’t overdo it, as this little guy can act like estrogen and affect your hormones if too much is ingested.

Lamb’s Quarter

Lamb’s Quarter is often called “wild spinach” and is just as good for you as the real thing! It can easily be used raw in salads or sauteed, and it just so happens to come on the scene when spinach is leaving it. If you’re willing to put in a little extra work, Lamb’s Quarter seeds can also be harvested and roasted.

Watercress

Watercress is easy to find along the banks of streams or rivers. It is perfect to add to any salad. Rather than going to the supermarket and being overcharged to create that gourmet meal you saw on the Food Network, head down to your nearest running water source.

Kudzu

This vine originates in Japan, but it’s taken over the South. While it’s so abundant that those who aren’t ignoring it are trying to enforce some weed control, it’s also proven to help prevent cancer. Where it’s rather rampant, those on a budget might do well to harvest some and powder its roots to use in soups, sauces, and batters for fried foods.

Plantain

While definitely not the tropical fruit related to bananas, this weed can be eaten raw or cooked. The younger leaves are more tender and tasty, and the seeds can be used in a similar fashion to grains. They also have medicinal properties when used topically.

Elderflower

There are several varieties of elderberry, so it’s important to know which are creeping into your yard before sticking them in your bowl, as some parts of their bushes can be poisonous. Once thoroughly vetted, an edible elderberry will likely need its seed removed before being cooked and eaten.

Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle will require gloves when harvesting. Once boiled, the stinging hairs are gone and the plant leaves can be used. Try adding them to salads, soups, dips for snacks, or even your morning eggs.

Feeling Old? Advice For Keeping Yourself Youthful

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Somewhere in your twenties, you began to think about your age. Your worry might center on several things. The appearance of wrinkles and the way you look. The lagging abilities of your body and new pain or injuries. You might actually begin to start feeling old. The awareness of so much time having passed and having done so little.

Whatever aspect of aging stresses you out, there are ways to combat it. Within the following four aspects of a person’s health are suggestions for how you can stay feeling young to the very end.

Physical

Let’s get the easy answers out of the way first. If you want to physically stay young and feel young, you need to take your health seriously. Eat more fruits and vegetables and put sugary, processed foods back on the shelf. If you have a unique condition like diabetes, follow the diet guidelines given to you by your primary care physician.

On top of your diet, stay active every day. Stretch your body well, engage in exercise that leaves you feeling invigorated. You should continue to take care of your body by following a skin care regimen, using sunscreen, and keeping yourself groomed.

Don’t forget to be kind to your body by getting plenty of sleep and giving yourself extra rest if recuperating from an illness or injury that requires extended home health care or physical therapy.

Mental

On to the more in-depth steps. Keep your mind spry and keen by engaging with new things every day. You can enroll in a course to learn a new skill that challenges both your mind and body or you can do something as simple as trying a new recipe.

Being spontaneous every so often will help you to change things up and keep life from feeling boring or monotonous. Most importantly, don’t start acting like someone who is getting old. Be your young self; take part in witty conversations and silly games.

Emotional

As we get older, we tend to interact more with our emotions, and if we haven’t learned to manage them in a healthy way, they could get the better of us. So offset your worry and stress with humor, and give yourself permission to be carefree.

You are allowed to be free of things that cannot be controlled, so let go of regretting the past and mourning the future. You can stay present by spending time with your social community, whether that is your family, old friends, or your actual community.

Spiritual

Don’t forget to attend to your spiritual needs. Perhaps you are joined with a religious group where you can meet together to discuss your beliefs or take time to give service to people in need of help. If you’re not a church-goer, devote time to a self-practice of meditation or mindfulness. You may enjoy volunteering in the community or donating to a local charity as well.

By disengaging with the hectic forward momentum of everyone else for a moment, you have time to be still and see yourself for who you are. Likewise, you can use this time to make improvements and learn better how you can make the world a more beautiful place.

Staple Foods Around the World

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Chances are you have some staple foods in your diet. They may be similar to what people eat in your community because of its availability. It may be different because you choose to live a specific lifestyle. Staple foods vary around the world.  While there is a lot of overlapping of foods and definitely a few staples that are universal, there are some interesting staples in other countries you probably haven’t heard of that are worth trying.

 

Millet

This is a cereal-like grain consumed mainly in Asian and African regions. It’s commonly used for feeding their livestock as well. It’s gluten-free and a good source of protein and fiber. It comes with some great health benefits, including improved digestive health and lowering cholesterol.

It’s not so different from cooking rice either and can be substituted for other grains in your already existing recipes.

 

Tubers

You may be thinking this is not a new food, but potatoes are only one variety of tuber that shows up as a staple food. And with companies like Klondike Brands, you can eat more than the regular Russet potatoes, including purple potatoes which are more common in France.

You’ll recognize yams (found in Indochina and Africa) and sweet potatoes (also found in South America), but you’ll also find cassava in this group, which originates in South America with the potato. Cassava can be converted into flour, is gluten and nut-free, and comes with a bit of an edgy reputation. The root contains some naturally occurring cyanide compounds, but don’t worry, commercially sold cassava isn’t harmful.

 

Rice

Rice is another staple you should be familiar with. It is used in the Chinese-Japanese, and Indonesian regions. White rice is the most commonly consumed, but you can also find the Basmati variety in India and Pakistan or jasmine rice in Thailand.

Though rice isn’t native to the Americas, it has become a staple crop for Latin America and the Caribbean and is eaten almost always alongside brown or black beans.

 

Maize 

Maize is corn. The type of maize you eat may depend on the region you live in. Maize originates in the Americas but is now gaining status as a staple in Africa as well.

There are six different types of corn, and the one most people think of is sweet corn, but there are specific varieties for flour and even popcorn. If you’re looking for another alternative to wheat flour, corn flour or corn meal is good option to look into.

 

Wheat

Wheat is the most widely grown staple crop of them all and is grown on nearly every continent. Asia grows the most wheat of any country, providing more than half of what we use.

We commonly make bread with wheat; however, it is also used for cereal, pasta, crackers, tortillas, and couscous. Though many people have started to avoid wheat or stick to gluten-free varieties, it’s still the most widely used and versatile.

 

What to Look for When Choosing a Therapist

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If you need help with your life, turning to a therapist is a good solution. Sometimes, you can’t solve your problems by yourself, and someone who is qualified and knows how you tick can be the one to help. However, picking a therapist can be difficult. There may be so many options, and you wonder what the best therapist for the job will be.

There is no right answer. Different problems may require different therapists. However, you can be able to find the therapist that is right for you by searching around. Here are a few tips to help you out.

 

Ask About Therapists!

The best way to find a therapist is through recommendation. Asking your friends or family members about what therapists you use can help you make a choice. If your peers have not gone to a therapist, ask around local forums. If a certain name keeps popping up, investigate them and see if they’re right for you.

 

Talk to Them

A good therapist will be one who lets you talk to them before the session begins. This can break the ice before your first session, and help you determine if the therapist is right for you. Schedule a call or a visit. If the therapist makes you feel uncomfortable, don’t go with them. If you feel like there is some potential, schedule a session with them.

 

Know the Therapist’s Specialties

 You wouldn’t go to a therapist who specializes in couples counseling in order for you to learn how you can get a promotion at your job. When researching and talking to these therapists, do not be afraid to ask what they can help you with.

 

How Tough Do You Want it?

 Some people want a therapist who is going to be honest to them and tell them what they need to do to change their life. Other people will want a therapist who is gentler and helps ease them to solutions. Know your limits, and pick a therapist who can conform to said limits.

 

What is This Therapist’s Experience?

When choosing a therapist, one common sense rule you should follow is choosing one with a portfolio. A therapist who has had plenty of satisfied clients in the past should be able to help you with any of your problems. But there is more to it than just that. Sometimes, you should choose a therapist that is also educated. Therapists can be ordinary people, and that can be good at times. Sometimes, your therapist needs to be a person you can share a drink with. However, your therapist sometimes needs to be someone with qualifications. What is their educational background? How good is the school they wen to? Consider that when choosing a therapist.

 

Search Online for Therapists

 Sometimes, doing some online browsing can help you. You can see pictures of therapists and get a good first impression. The Internet has also made you able to pick a therapist from anywhere. You don’t need to necessarily seek someone local. You can do online therapy through chat, Skype, or any other option that allows for communication. To get started, click here.

Choosing a therapist can be difficult, and sometimes, it’s trial and error. A therapist may seem fine at first, but after a few sessions, you may realize they aren’t for you. On the other hand, the therapist may grow on you and you may have the best therapy session possible.

The point is that you shouldn’t settle for a therapist or rush the choosing process. Only go with a therapist who makes you comfortable and who can help you.

Does Teeth Whitening Have Side Effects?

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If you desire to whiten your teeth, there are many safe options available. But just like any other chemical treatment, the perfect white smile that most people desire does not come easily without potential side effects. As much as people want whiter teeth, some have been influenced by what they have been watching on celebrity fads. Even though fans try to match the perfect smile they see in the movies, they should be aware of the facts that are available concerning the results of teeth whitening.

The most unfortunate thing is that normal teeth are not usually perfectly white as most of us are led to believe. As we grow older, and we continue engaging in habits such as smoking tobacco or drinking excessive amounts of coffee, it is easy for the teeth to eventually become discolored.

To add to teeth discoloration, a lack of proper oral hygiene can make your teeth to stain from the plaque buildup that leads to the formation of tartar. Once tartar is formed on the tooth’s surface, the brown sticky substance cannot be easily brushed off in the morning; you will have to go for a dental checkup.

Potential side effects and results of teeth whitening

Most of the people who have used teeth whitening products have not encountered any side effects. However, some number of individuals encounter some side effects as described below:

Irritation of the soft tissue

Soft tissue irritation is also be known as a chemical burn. The chemical burn can happen if the whitening product gets to interact with the gum tissue in the process of teeth whitening. Once your gums come into contact with the whitening product, the gums will immediately become white. But not to worry, the gums will get back to the normal color in a short while. It can be scary when you look at the white gums when you are undergoing the tooth whitening procedure. The dangerous part only comes when you expose your gums to a high concentration of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide because it may result in tissue inflammation and redness of the gums. In extreme cases, the soft gums will start to bleed and become painful.

Undesirable results

It is not practical to always achieve the desirable results after the teeth whitening process. If you previously had internal tooth discoloration, you may still see the same discolored parts after the procedure. Now, if you go ahead and start whitening your teeth continuously, you may begin to notice your teeth becoming translucent or gray. The creamy white color you expected becomes a dream that you were having and it may even stress you out. If you have fillings, veneers, crowns, and caps, it is hard to use whitening products.

Over the counter teeth whitening products

Even though most of us have good white teeth, the desire to extend the whiteness to the perfect white shade can tempt you to go to a drug store and purchase teeth whitening products. However, you should be careful when purchasing these products. If you decide to go for the cheap whitening products, it might cost you more, and even leave you with dental issues you never had, like sensitivity issues and brittleness.

It is not possible to have white teeth for all whitening products because some products are substandard and they may cause dental issues instead of sorting out the dental problems you were trying to solve. In other cases, some products may backfire and cause dental problems if you use them more often than the recommended usage as indicated by the manufacturer. In case you are doubtful of a product, contact your dentist for advice.

Carbamide peroxide should be examined. It is the active ingredient in most of the highly sought after teeth whitening solutions. When you dissolve this product in water, it breaks down into a bleaching agent which is known as hydrogen peroxide.

When you consistently use the bleach, it can easily strip away the enamel coat on your teeth. This will expose your teeth to more side effects. These consist of painful teeth sensations, and blotchy appearance because the dark dentin is exposed.

Additionally, enamel that is stripped away makes the teeth brittle, which makes them become more prone to chipping and cracking. In extreme cases, the teeth can become malleable. Your teeth will be more receptive to the sensitivity of cold and hot food items and beverages because it does not have the enamel coating. It will be tough to eat ice cone cream or even go for a hot chocolate.

Professional teeth whitening

Consulting your doctor before a teeth whitening procedure is really important. Teeth whitening will become a challenge when you have braces or veneers. This is because it will be easy to notice the discoloration between areas where braces cover the tooth.

Professional guidance from your dentist will help you to make the best decision for your oral appearance. If you need teeth whitening, have your dentist walk you through some of the best solutions for your situation. This can save you from damaging your teeth and having inconsistent results.

Do you have to whiten your teeth?

Having white teeth is not all there is about having good oral health. Brushing two times a day, flossing, rinsing your mouth using mouthwash, and frequent checkups. These traits will help you to maintain an excellent oral routine that results in the perfect smile. If you plan to whiten your teeth, consult your dentist for the best, honest and informed advice that will help you. For more information regarding teeth whitening procedures, visit Dr. Marc Lazare’s website.