Q. Why are my teeth so yellow and what can I do to address this?
TEETH YELLOWING with Dr Simone RickettsThere are many causes that can be behind yellowing teeth, but for most people, the likely cause is one of two things. First, yellowing often happens as we age, as the outer white protective tooth layer thins due to everyday wear and tear, exposing the underlying tooth layer. Alternatively, certain foods and drinks you consume on a regular basis could be causing yellowing on the surface. Drinks with high acid and tannin content are the worst culprits, along with coffee, tea, sports drinks, red wine, brightly coloured foods and some spices. Aside from these, there are a number of other potential contributors.
Yellowing often happens as we age, as the outer white protective tooth layer thins due to everyday wear and tear.”Sometimes, yellow teeth just run in the family. Smoking might be behind the problem, or your oral hygiene might just need improvement. Yellowing could be a side effect of medication, or it could be a symptom of an illness. Even being a mouth breather rather than a nose breather can play a role, as breathing through your mouth dries the teeth. So what should you do about teeth yellowing? Aside from simply learning to accept them as they are, here are some actions you can take to prevent or counteract yellowing:
- Avoid or limit intake of obvious food and drink culprits
- Rinse your teeth with a glass of water after consuming teeth-staining foods and drinks
- Have a general medical check-up and medication review
- Have a professional teeth clean and polish at the dentist
- Ask your dentist or hygienist for tips to improve your flossing and brushing routine
- Have your teeth professionally whitened
Q. What can I do to prevent premature ageing in my skin?
SKIN CARE with Francesca WebsterWhile living in England most of my life, I loved the sun and you could be in it all day without getting burnt! When I moved to Australia in 2002, I was confronted with the harsh reality of the strong and damaging sun. Sun exposure and sun damage here is a very real thing that we should be aware of and take precautions with. Always apply sunscreen when you leave the house, even if it’s an overcast day. The damaging UV rays in Australia are harsh and unforgiving on our skin and whether you burn or not, there will be underlying damage and accelerated premature ageing. People ask me all the time what I use on my skin and why my skin health is the way it is at my age, and it is because:
- I have been vigilant with protecting my skin from damaging UV rays, wearing a minimum 30+ SPF every day
- I have always taken care of my skin – in particular, I have used a cosmeceutical range like ASI on my skin every day religiously
- Professional skin treatments like LED every now and then go a long way
- I use mineral make-up, which keeps my pores clear and accommodates my skincare regime