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Brushing teeth

I haven't been great at brushing my teeth all of my life, I don't know why, but I hate the taste and feel of toothpaste, so I would skip a few days inbetween brushing, and I've noticed my teeth are whiter than people I know who brush 1-2 times a day, every day religiously. I noticed their teeth have a gray, dull look to them. Can brushing actually cause that? I also smoked for 8 yeas and my teeth are still whiter than theirs. I'm not against brushing at all, I was just wondering if it's possible that brushing all the time can do that, because I'm puzzled as to why mine are whiter by a good but than theirs. Or do some people just naturally have whiter teeth?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 5:23 PM on Mar. 1, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • i wonder about this too b4 i had kids i brushed several times a day but after i kinda slacked in that dept..either get too busy with something or just to tired and i get less cavities now than b4...
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:27 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • Hard to say.
    I don't brush my teeth religiously, either. My teeth aren't straight and they're harder to get clean. I'm also wary of toothpaste because of fluoride, but I at least try to knock the gunk off with water and a toothbrush every night, and rinse with mouthwash...I don't know how they compare with others' teeth because I just don't pay that much attention. I guess I feel I have no room to judge another person's mouth when my own is far from perfect.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:29 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • It is possible to damage your teeth by brushing them too much. My dentist told me when I proudly told him I brushed 4 times a day, sometimes more. He said 2 is good. Also, some people's teeth will discolor, regardless of brushing or care, because it's genetic. Some people do just naturally have whiter teeth. Mine fall into the yellowish range. It sucks too because they're so straight, but then YOWZA!! Yellowish. :(
    Pnukey

    Answer by Pnukey at 5:31 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • "White" teeth are genetic. While your teeth can get stained from smoking, drinking coffee, tea, sodas....truly white, white teeth are genetic or created by bleaching your teeth.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:34 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • Anon 5:29 I wasn't judging anyone's teeth, It was just something I've noticed. My teeth are far from perfect too. I wasn't implying that mine are better, it was a genuine question.
    -OP
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:41 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • No, I get it. I wasn't trying to sound accusatory or anything...maybe I should have worded that differently, lol.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:45 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • Yea, it's okay though now that you cleared it up.lol.
    OP
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:50 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

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