6 Reasons Teeth Turn Yellow

6 Reasons Teeth Turn Yellow

Have you realised that your teeth aren’t looking as white as they used to? Are they remaining a shade of yellow even though you brush regularly?

There are several factors that contribute to the colour of your teeth. Some you can control and others you can’t.

Reasons Teeth Turn Yellow

  1. Smoking

Smoking makes your teeth yellow since the nicotine, tar and chemicals that are carried in the smoke seep into your tooth enamel’s pores, staining your once pearly whites. Studies have found that smokers tend to have not-so-bad to severe levels of discoloured teeth in comparison to just over 12% of non-smokers. Studies also show that smokers tend to be less happy about the state of their oral health.

  1. Poor Oral Hygiene

If you start to notice a yellowish build up on your teeth, it could be tartar or plaque. Plaque tends to form when bacteria from drinks and foods aren’t cleaned efficiently from the teeth. Over time, the plaque hardens and becomes tartar, which can only be removed by a hygienist or dentist. If your teeth are stained, you may want to consider teeth whitening Brisbane professionals are offering.

  1. Your Diet

What we put in our mouths can impact the colour of the teeth. If your teeth are yellow, it could be as a result of consuming the following foods:

  • Curries
  • Red wine
  • Tea and coffee
  • Beetroot
  • Berries
  • Tomato sauces
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Soy sauce
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Sugary foods
  • Sports drinks
  • Juices and citrus fruits
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Alcoholic drinks

By rinsing your mouth after consuming these items, you can help to minimise damage from any acid from the foods and drinks.

  1. Genetics

If you seem to have had yellow tinted teeth all your life, you may be able to blame your genes. Genetic variances can actually affect enamel porosity and tooth colour. What’s more, more porous enamel tends to be more liable to stain.

  1. Ageing

Aging is bad enough, but did you know it’s relatively normal for our teeth to yellow as we get older? That’s because the protective layer of enamel that we all have on our teeth becomes thinner with age, and it reveals the yellow dentin below the surface.

  1. Illnesses and Medication

Some antibiotics, for instance amoxicillin and tetracycline, can affect the shade of your teeth, particularly in younger children. Medications prescribed for adults with high blood pressure or allergies are also known to have this side effect. If you’re concerned that your medication is leading to yellow teeth, be sure to discuss this with your doctor.

There are also some illnesses, especially those that affect the liver, that can result in your teeth discolouring. Patients that undergo radiation and chemotherapy treatment for cancer may also find that their teeth begin to turn yellow or even brown.

Fortunately, with advanced teeth whitening treatments, you can go from yellow gnashes to pearly whites once more. Treatments are quick, easy and painless. You can talk to your dentist or hygienist about professional teeth whitening that is designed to last a long time and bring back confidence to your smile.

Anne

I’m a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I’m on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Great Ideas For Your Kid’s Birthday Party

Great Ideas For Your Kid’s Birthday Party

Once upon a time, a child’s birthday party was as simple as music, funny games, party food, and, of course, cake. These days, however, it’s likely that your child will want something a little more exciting. The good news is, if you’re looking for a different take on a birthday party for your kid, there are lots of out-of-the-ordinary ideas to choose from. However, before you start to book venues and events, it’s important to work out your budget. That way you’ll know exactly what you can achieve, and you won’t have to scale back after you’ve already booked. You’ll also need to take into account how many children are attending and plan accordingly. As long as you know what you are doing in advance and the entire duration of the party is covered, you should have a group of happy, tired children by the end of it. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

 

Teddy Bear Party

Every little child has their favorite stuffed toy, the one they want to take everywhere with them. If you use that idea as the basis for a younger child’s party, you’ll have everyone enjoying themselves immensely. Work out a teddy bear’s picnic-themed meal and think of some games that the little ones can play with their toys such as ‘pin the tail on the bear’ and hide and go seek. You can even set up your home or a hired room to look like a forest or some other kind of fanciful toy town. Using picnic blankets on the floor, everyone can sit around and play fun games. At the end of the party, as a thank you, you can present each child with a brand new bear. You might even want to make this a game, like a treasure hunt.

 

Chocolate Making Party

All kids love chocolate, and it’s not something they get every day, so a chocolate making party is a real treat. It’s cheap too; you just need to invest in some plastic molds and baking chocolate as well as some lollipop sticks and other candies to decorate the chocolates with. It’s a task that will keep the children occupied for quite a while, and you can play music while they work, to keep them focused. Afterwards, everyone can enjoy snuggling up to watch a chocolate based movie, or if the weather is nice enough, they can go outside and do a chocolate hunt for more goodies.

 

Make Your Own Carnival Party

This idea might appeal more to those with a bigger budget, and more space to spare, but if you can pull it off, it’s a huge amount of fun. You’ll need to spend a few weeks planning and thinking about which games you can easily set up and play. You can make a backyard bowling alley, mini golf course, ring toss, have bikes and go-karts set out for racing, bring out a trampoline (or borrow one) for some jumping skills, and much more. The kids will be active and love the variety of games they can play. You could even put them into teams and make it all a competition. In addition, you can have popcorn and cotton candy stands, hand out balloons, and offer face painting.

 

Escape Room Party

An escape room party is a newer idea, but it’s something that no one is going to forget in a hurry. Escape rooms are organized puzzles, where participants are locked in a room, and they have to work out how to escape. Working together as a team, your children and their friends can solve puzzles and find clues that will help them. There is a time limit too, so they have to work fast (and that also means you know exactly when to move onto the next part of the day). Escape games can be the perfect way to entertain a group of older children. Afterwards, take them out for pizza and ice cream, and they can talk about how they managed to escape (if they did!) and how much fun they had.

 

Craft Party

Kids love to make things, and it seems that age and gender offer no particular barrier to this. Organizing a craft party is a great way to ensure that everyone has fun, and has something to take home with them at the end of the party. You can hire a professional to host the party, and they will bring all the tools and materials that are required, but if you prefer to do things yourself and you’re looking at a way to lower the cost, you can easily skip the professional. Simply buy some unpainted pottery, plain picture frames, design-free tote bags, and similar. Go to a craft store and buy the right kinds of glue, paints, and accessories to make these things look great, and let the kids go wild!

 

Scavenger Hunt Party

Scavenger hunts are exciting for kids of any age. The important part is to take your time when organizing the hunt so that it is just difficult enough to hold everyone’s attention. Too easy and it will be over in a flash, too hard and no one will want to keep at it. You might choose to give every child a different, personalized clue, and have them work against the clock to find the treasure. They could also work in teams, or you could make sure there was a gift for everyone so that they all take turns in finding something. An extension to this party idea is a geocaching party. A geocache is something that you need to use GPS to find, and you can download an app to do it. Follow the route, and you should come across a Tupperware box or similar, within which sits a notebook or piece of paper. Sign the paper and put the cache back where it came from for the next person to find. There are many caching routes that you can take, and it can be a truly fun hobby!

Anne

I’m a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I’m on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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4 Money Saving Tips for Your Next Trip to Mykonos

4 Money Saving Tips for Your Next Trip to Mykonos

There is a big misconception about the Greek island of Mykonos. Many travellers believe that traveling to Mykonos, or other Greek islands and destinations, is expensive. The island does offer a lot of luxury amenities, allowing you to enjoy the best of Mykonos is style and comfort. That said, you can also travel to Mykonos on a budget.

You can plan the trip better and do things a certain way to keep your trip to Mykonos within budget. Traveling on a budget doesn’t mean skimping or sacrificing a few conveniences either. To help you get started, here are four tips that will help you save money on your next trip to Mykonos.

Travel Off-Season

As one of the most popular package holiday destinations in the world, Mykonos can be very crowded during the high season. Thousands of travellers visit the island every day. Beaches are crowded and you will see a steep increase in hotel prices and transportation costs.

You can avoid that steep increase by traveling offseason. You don’t have to share the beaches and holiday attractions with as many tourists, which means you can enjoy the island better. You will also be able to enjoy a more relaxed ambience rather than a fast-paced one.

To make it even better, you can still sample the perfect weather of Mykonos, even when you’re traveling off-season. The period between May and June is the best time to be on the island without paying double the prices.

Book Mykonos Villas

There is no shortage of hotels on the island. You can find a hotel regardless of your travel budget, including 2-star budget accommodations and holiday rentals. To enjoy the best of Mykonos while saving money, however, you want to stay in one of the best Mykonos villas that the island has to offer.

Villas come with extra amenities that you will not get from hotels. The addition of a kitchen and a swimming pool, for example, will certainly make your stay more enjoyable; the kitchen will also allow you to prepare meals more conveniently, allowing you to save even more.

There are discounts and special offers on Mykonos villas and you can now book the villa of your choice online just as easily. You can save more on your accommodation when you’re traveling with friends.

Know Where to Eat

Knowing where and what to eat will make a big difference. Most restaurants with a view charge more for their foods and drinks; what you’re really paying for is the view those restaurants provide and not necessarily better, more delicious meals.

Aside from restaurants and bars, you can also save by opting for street snacks. Here’s another secret that will help you save a lot of money on your next trip to Mykonos: gyros. Gyros are only a few Euros, but it is more than enough to keep you full for the day.

Travel Overnight

One of the things you can do when visiting Mykonos is visiting other Greek islands in the area. You can also visit mainland Greece and spend a few days there. The only problem is that the inter-island ferries can be expensive, particularly when you buy your tickets on the spot.

Book your ferries early and you can take advantage of the lower prices; you can book online, so getting tickets and enjoying discounts of up to 25% is indeed very easy to do. Compare schedules and you will also notice that traveling overnight is much, MUCH cheaper.

These are four tips you can use without a problem, but they are tips that will help you save a lot on your next trip to Mykonos. Since you don’t have to sacrifice comfort or convenience to save money, there is no reason why you shouldn’t use these tips and have a blast.

Anne

I’m a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I’m on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Four Ways to Have a Family Fun Blast in Miami

Four Ways to Have a Family Fun Blast in Miami

There isn’t any question that Miami would be a family-friendly vacation as it gets 3,200 hours of sunshine every year. It is a southern state, and the winters are also pretty mild. All you have to do is rent an RV, park by the beach and have a sandy blast. If you’re looking for other family-friendly fun ideas in Miami, continue reading to learn more.

Picnic at the beach

With your RV, you have your home with you wherever you go–even at the beach. Yet, it’s nice to get outside and soak in the rays. Plus, it’s always fun to splash around in the water. Well, you can do just that. Pack up a family picnic, and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean.

You’ll get miles of shoreline with plenty of activities; you won’t know where to start. Several popular beaches include Sunny Isles Beach and Surfside. If your family is feeling adventurous, consider Crandon Park Beach, Matheson Hammock Beach or even Oleta River State Park Beach.

Fun activities include kiteboarding, kayaking and canoeing. If you have teens in tow, take them to the hustle and bustle of South Beach and the Art Deco District for fabulous architecture, people watching and mouth-watering food.

Head indoors

If you’re on a budget, and most families are, then you’ll be happy to know that there are many free places to visit that will provide a lifetime of memories. For an interactive experience, check out the Miami Children’s Museum.

While at the museum, you can even walk into a cruise ship that includes a 32-foot wall. Kids can get a detailed overview of the inner workings of a cruise ship and learn some interesting tidbits about the sea. Other experiences in the museum include a Veterinary Clinic where your children can experience what it’s like to own and care for a pet. If they want an adrenaline rush, they can climb Mt. Michimu.

Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Another inexpensive place to visit is the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. And, this place is a joy for locomotive lovers of all ages. You can take a self-walking tour to view vintage collections of locomotives. You can even take rides on various model trains.

And, you can get into the real operating cab of a train with an engineer. You’ll also learn of the significance of trains in Florida. The best part is admission is free the first Saturday of every month from 11am-4pm.

Jungle Island

This attraction is a must-see for families as you get first-hand experience of jungle life. It is located between downtown Miami and South Beach. This zoological park was also first opened in 1936. It offers free animal encounters and fantastic photo ops.

Children will also enjoy the interactive exhibits such as “Kangaroo Konnection,” the Tortoise Exhibit and the Petting Barn. For an additional fee you can also get a close-up experience with sloths or lemurs. What’s not to love?

In conclusion

Miami is more than just beaches and beautiful people—the city is a true family-friendly powerhouse. Don’t forget to rent your RV, and you are set for the time of your lives.

Anne

I’m a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I’m on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Managing a Mother’s Home Office

Managing a Mother’s Home Office

You may be part of a growing segment of the workforce. You may be a working Mom who maintains a home office. In the alternative, you may be a working Mom who is in the process of setting up a home office.

With this in mind, if you are working mother who is or will be utilizing a home office, there at some vital strategies that you need to employ to effectively manage your residential workspace. By employing these strategies, you will be in the best position to effectively work from home and to be on top of your game as a mother as well.

Create a Definitive Office Schedule

When it comes to being a mother and effectively managing a home office, you cannot be haphazard about scheduling. In other words, you need to create a fairly specific schedule of your office hours.

The ideal course to take when it comes to scheduling your office hours is to do it on a weekly basis. If you do it daily, you will lack necessary stability and predictability. If you do it monthly, you will lose a good deal of the freedom that you deserve to be able to take advantage of by working from home.

A weekly schedule provides appropriate structure to your professional needs, goals, and objectives. A weekly schedule also permits you the ability to plan appropriately in advance those things that are necessary to address the needs of your kids while you are working.

In addition, a weekly schedule provides your children with a better understanding of when you will be at work. They will have a better appreciating as to when you will not be as readily available to them during the course of an upcoming week. This level of predictability is helpful for children. It enhances their comfort level and overall sense of security when they can rely on your own plans more than just a day at a time.

Establish Clear Office Boundaries

Another vital strategy that you need to employ as a working mother using a home office is to establish clear boundaries in regard to the workspace. You need make certain that other people in your home fully understand that your home office is for work. You should discourage family activities from being undertaken in your home office.

On the other side of the coin, you should endeavor to contain your work-related activities to the confines of your home office. You serve your professional interests, your personal interests, and the interests of your family, including your children, by clearing segregating work activities from family and personal ones.

There is also an important tax-related reason for employing this tactic. You are able to write off a pro rata portion of your rent or mortgage payment from your taxes as a bona fide business expenses based on the square footage of your home office. You must keep in mind that you are capable of taking this deduction only if you truly use the space as a home office and not for other purposes.

Carve Out Specific Time for the Kids During the Workday

Kids are kids. Even though you are diligent in preparing a solid weekly schedule, when you work from home, they will want to see you during the course of any given workday. Therefore, you should build time into each workday to spend time with your kids. For example, perhaps you can have lunch with your kids. You can schedule specific time to spend with them directly after they come home from school.

There are a myriad of options available to you when it comes to scheduling specific time during the workday with your kids. The key is making those times a part of your overall work schedule and not something that you do in a haphazard, not very thoughtful manner.

Plan Activities for the Kids Away from the Residence During Some Work Hours

You can enhance your productivity in your home office if you plan at least some activities away from the residence during your work hours. School naturally will take a bit older children away from home for part of the day. You still need to consider activities away from home for younger children and during those times of the year when school is not in session.

Familiarize yourself with programs and activities that are age-appropriate for your children. Consider including your extended family, particularly grandparents, in participating in activities for your kids away from home from time to time during your scheduled work hours.

Jessica Kane is a writer for Handicapped Pets, your most trusted source for dog wheelchairs and harnesses.

Anne

I’m a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I’m on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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