Dear Lifehacker, I am thinking of purchasing some whitening toothpaste to try and get my teeth a few shades whiter. Does it actually work? Any recommendations?
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When my daughter was a toddler, she loathed brushing her teeth, but once we found a toothpaste flavour she enjoyed (pink bubble gum, of course), her perspective immediately shifted to “OOOH CANDY!”
Every time I squeezed some onto her toothbrush, she complained, “That’s so little!” She wanted a whole mouthful of the stuff, and though I knew I could not let her have it, I only vaguely knew why.
Dear Lifehacker, I recently went on a week-log camping trip where I had mistakenly forgotten to pack my toothbrush and toothpaste. It has been a couple days since I returned to civilisation, but I can't help noticing that despite the numerous amount of teeth brushing and mouth washing, the taste of bad breath is still lingering in my mouth. Is this normal? Thanks, Lingering Halitosis
Two minutes is a weird amount of time to stand at the sink with a brush in your mouth. And if you don't use an electric brush with an automatic timer, what are you supposed to do, look at a stopwatch? I've reported before on the lack of good tooth brushing apps; there's one ok one for kids, and that's it. But Gimlet has come to the rescue with a two-minute, twice-daily show called Chompers.
When it comes to packing, I've gotten my routine down to such a perfect science that can I can pack for a two-week international trip in 15 minutes or less and not forget anything I need. That is except my toothbrush. That I accidentally leave behind pretty much every single time I travel -- until this week when I brought three with me thanks to a little planning from past me.
There are many brands of kids' “vitamin gummies” on the market. They are promoted as deliciously flavoured and a great way for growing bodies (and fussy eaters) to get the nutrients they need. In our opinion, these products are unhealthy, poorly regulated and exploitative. Their high sugar content may appeal to young children, but they’re not a good introduction to a healthy diet.
Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed is a treatment that promises to permanently whiten your teeth. It's not cheap and before you decide to fork out several hundred bucks for the treatment, you'd obviously want to know it works. Lifehacker's Spandas Lui and Gizmodo's Rae Johnston tested it out in the wild and lived to tell the tale. Here are the results.
The majority of drinking water in Australia already has fluoride added in, which has significantly improved the dental health of the populace. Fluoride is particularly important for teeth development in children since it helps fend off cavities and tooth decay. That's why fluoride treatments are often offered to kids with a number of cavities or are at high risk of developing cavities. But adults can benefit from fluoride treatments as well.
Teeth grinding is a problem that affects nearly one in ten individuals, yet many of us don't even realise we're doing it. And that's a problem given just how harmful it can be to our health. Here's how to find out if you grind your teeth when you sleep -- and why it's something you shouldn't ignore.
Fever is one of the oft-cited symptoms of teething -- not always by doctors, more often by parents sharing advice. But a new analysis of the actual symptoms of teething shows that fever probably isn't one of them. In other words: If your kid is teething and has a fever, chances are they're also sick.