Teeth, in my opinion, are probably the most important physical feature. A good set of fangs go a long way for your appearance and you only get one (real) set so it’s important to look after them. Unless you are hell bent on getting a permanent grill or reppin’ a pair of falsies in the near future, dental hygiene should be at the forefront of importance in terms of your appearance and own personal health.
One question I am asked quite regularly is how my teeth are so white. Trying not to sound like a moron and float my own boat here, but the answer is pretty straightforward. I look after them. Really well. I floss every night and brush my teeth with an electric toothbrush at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time. I’ve never had a filling, braces, or worn a plate either. I have been very lucky with my teeth and I thank my dear mother for that. My sister and I were NEVER, under any circumstance, allowed to go to bed or to school without brushing our teeth. She would rather us not shower for a week than not brush our teeth. I thank her dearly for that now.
BUT, my real knight in shining armour that works hard to make my pearly whites sparkle is a vegan, not tested on animals, Australian brand of whitening toothpaste that I have been using for years. What is it you ask? Well, it’s White Glo. You know that cheap-as-chips one you can purchase from the supermarket for $3.99? The one you get in the box with the free toothbrush? That one. It uses 100% plant derived ingredients for its flavouring and it does not contain any harsh chemicals like bleaches or peroxides. The finished White Glo product is never tested on animals and never has been. Further, none of their suppliers test any of the ingredients on animals. They have sponsored vegan events in the past and they are an Australian-owned company. It’s a win-win situation really. Pearly white fangs and support for a cruelty-free company.
Diet has also played a big part in my dental health. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink coffee, I rarely drink red wine (i’m talking one glass every couple of months – if that) or black tea and I definitely don’t eat an acidic diet based around animal proteins. I also avoid soft drinks, lollies, sports drinks and alcohol. If you really want white teeth then I advise doing the same.
And to top it all off, I get an adequate amount of calcium. Calcium helps form and maintain bone and dental health, however many years of clever marketing by the dairy industry and certain scientific bodies funded by the dairy industry has led us to believe that the only calcium out there comes from milk products. This is not the case. Science has proven that acquiring calcium from plant-based foods is far better for your health than acquiring it from dairy products. The widely advertised claim that we need dairy for calcium is a load of baloney. You can get more than enough calcium from leafy green vegetables and food items such as tofu and soy milk. In fact, many of them are also great sources of plant-based protein. Spinach, swiss chard, kale, lettuces, rhubarb, watercress and broccoli are some great sources of calcium. It is also in sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, tahini, dried figs and soy-based cheeses just to name a few. These sources are all readily absorbed with adequate amounts of Vitamin D (sunshine).
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We are the only mammal on planet earth that continues to drink milk beyond infancy. And not just any milk, the milk of another species. If you think the idea of sucking on the tit of a pregnant dog sounds gross, what’s the difference with a cow? At the same time, cow’s milk naturally contains a huge amount of hormones and protein that can turn a 50 kilogram calf into a 500 kilogram cow in one year. And you’re consuming that. Get your calcium elsewhere ya’ll! Anyway, more on that another time.
Please look after your teeth people. Seriously. It’s so important. If you look after them properly, you’ll have them forever and not look like a crocodile by the time you hit 60. And go and pick up some White Glo and support an amazing Australian cruelty-free company. Pearly whites coming your way!