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My teeth aren’t quite the pearly white they used to be…do you have any advice?

Over time, teeth yellow—especially if you drink well water with a high fluoride content or drink a lot of colored soda (acids in cola stain teeth). Have you used a whitening toothpaste? Dentist Kimberly Harms recommends looking for brands with the American Dental Association’s stamp of approval. If you still want to go for the bleaching process, have your teeth evaluated first by a dentist. “The pulp on the tooth’s nerve is sensitive in young people,” says Dr. Harms. If your teeth are OK and you opt for professional bleaching, plan on shelling out some big bucks. Or you could try an over-the-counter system like the inexpensive Rembrandt Plus Superior Bleaching System or Crest Whitestrips at drugstores.

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8/1/2008 11:51:00 PM
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