Shining white teeth makes you look attractive, younger and healthy. Your teeth may be stained due to hereditary causes, aging, poor dental hygiene, or due to consuming too much tea, tobacco, coffee, wine etc. Sometimes, high doses of antibiotics, infections etc. also cause teeth to stain. While professional treatments are expensive, they are often the most effective options you have. However, there are some over-the-counter teeth whitening products that produce decent results. Here are some ways you can fight off the stains and keep your teeth white.

Whitening toothpaste

Teeth whitening toothpaste is a simple way to whiten your teeth at home. They contain mild abrasives and polishing agents which can remove teeth stains.

Mouthwash

Mouthwash is also an effective way to shinier teeth. You can hold mouthwash in your mouth and brush your teeth, basically brushing your teeth with mouthwash. This tip works well if you're aiming to remove mild discolouration.

Whitening kits

Whitening kits may be suggested by your dentist or bought over the counter are effective in rwmoving teeth stains. A home whitening kit like Love My Teeth seems to work well and the effects are long-lasting too.

Whitening gels and strips

Whitening gels and strips are also convenient ways to remove stains. Whitening strips contain whitening gel and seem invisible. This needs to be placed on the teeth with a small brush. The amount of time you have to put these strips on your teeth will be mentioned on the label. Some strips dissolve in your mouth, so you can use those too.

Whitening rinses

You can use whitening rinses after meals as they can reduce plaque, gum disease and teeth stains. Apart from using these OTC teeth whitening systems, you can whiten your teeth naturally too with the help of some home remedies.

Baking soda

Baking soda can be used to get rid of teeth stains effectively. Make a paste with a quarter teaspoon of baking soda and some toothpaste and brush your teeth with this mixture. Rinse with warm water and do this just once or twice a week, to whiten your teeth.

You could also make a paste of baking soda and lemon juice or white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. Mix 1 tbsp of baking soda with 1 ½ teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide with a cup of cold water. This whitening mouthwash can be used 2-3 a day.

Orange peel

If you wish to go au naturale, clean your teeth with orange peel (fresh), regularly and this will lessen the yellow tinge on your teeth.

You can get back your pearly whites and your confidence with the help of whitening kits and home remedies which are simple, convenient and can restore your beautiful smile.

Parents divorcing is a traumatic experience for children. Suddenly, their family is disrupted through no fault of theirs, and they have to accept the disappearance of one parent from their home, whose presence they miss. They are also disturbed by the thought of what would happen to them. But with a little effort, parents can reassure their children and take steps to minimize the traumatic effects of divorce on their children. Here's what you can do.

Ensure adequate support

A child needs complete emotional support of both parents. Sometimes, a counselor or therapist can help your child through the complex emotions brought on by the parents' divorce.

Co-parent respectfully

When there is a collapse of marriage, there is bound to be bitterness. Sometimes, due to domestic abuse etc., if you're looking for a lawyer in NSW, it is best to seek hire someone experienced who can advise you on legal factors involved with co-parenting such as parenting time and visitation rights

Also, it is in the best interest of the child/children that the parents do not speak ill of one another in front of them. The goal is to bring up a well-adjusted, child which can happen when both parents are respectful towards one another.

Maintain emotional neutrality

Parents should never ever make the child/ children take sides in a divorce. They should be allowed to stay neutral and be taught and helped to love both parents, regardless of your differences. Don't force them to divide their loyalties.

Don't make them your confidant

Parents sometimes lean on their children for emotional support which might "parentify" the child and he/she may become stressed because of it. You have to look for emotional support from adults – either your friends or family or by joining a support group.

Stay active

Leading a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating healthy food will be beneficial for you and your child, and help to release negative emotions faster.

Encourage father's involvement

Usually, children tend to stay with their mothers and thus it's the father who the child misses. If a mother tries to maintain a good relationship with the father, it will encourage the father to be more involved with the child. A positive father-child involvement also lessens the trauma of divorce.

Divorce is tough on the child, but he/she can overcome the effects of it if parents consciously provide an emotionally safe environment for the child.

As adults, it's really common for us — tempting, even — to fall into the same routine day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year … you get the picture. We're creatures of habit, after all. Before we know it, one day, we seem to have a moment where we "wake up" and wonder where time has gone and why we haven't seemed to progress in our career, our relationships, our personal lives, and for many of us, our health and fitness.

Particularly if you are a busy adult — which, let's admit, most of us are! — it seems that we often put our own health and fitness goals on the back burner, the place on our to-do list that we'll eventually get to when we figure out how to derive a 25th hour out of each day. We know that we can't expect to grow as humans if we don't challenge ourselves, but sometimes we need to remind ourselves that we also can't realize our potential if we don't take care of ourselves — which is why developing (and maintaining) some type of regular health and fitness routine is so important.

We're nearing the end of the calendar year, so naturally, many of us will begin to take stock of our lives and figure out our goals for 2017. If you're one of the many adults out there who have neglected taking care of their personal health and fitness in 2016 (or for most of your adult life), let 2017 be the year where you finally take the lead and really take care of yourself from the inside out. Challenge yourself like you never have before. Think about all the ways that you could be taking better care of yourself. Dream big. Attempt the impossible. Give yourself a chance, and minimally, at least give yourself the opportunity to try.

Speaking of try, why not give tris, triathlons, a go in 2017? Sounds kinda crazy, right? Hear me out for a second, though. Even if you've never done one before or don't even know where to begin, training and competing in triathlons may be more fun than you realize and will help give you some structure and guidelines to your health and fitness goals. Below, I'll list some tips to help jump-start your triathlon journey.

Do your research . Before you commit to a triathlon, do your homework and immerse yourself in the triathlon literature out there at your local library and online. Learn more about the three-sport event (swimming, cycling, running), and find out what distances are available (sprint, Olympic, ITU long, half Ironman, Ironman). At this point in your journey, you don't yet know what you don't know, so taking the time to read up on the sport will really behoove you.

Go to a store that specializes in triathlon. Going to a store that specializes in triathlon may seem overwhelming at first — there's so much stuff! — but it can be a great foray for you into the new world you'll soon be entering. Browse around, take notes, and pick up the free literature that's advertising local tri events and tri training clubs. You may be overwhelmed, but you'll get an idea about what this new-to-you sport entails, and it'll help you ask questions later, leading me to my next point…

Connect with triathletes in your community or online. Talking to others more knowledgeable and experienced than you, and asking questions, even if you feel like they're "stupid," is a great way for you to learn more about the sport and its idiosyncrasies. Everyone was a newbie at one point or another, so don't be shy! Learn from other people's experiences. Find out which tri races are good for first-timers, and see if local triathletes in your community have any recommendations for coaches or training groups. Before you know it, you'll soon be on the other side, helping out newbie triathletes, so let people help you! Triathletes love to talk triathlon to anyone who will listen, so let them!

Join a local tri training group/enlist a coach. When was the last time you tried something new? It has probably been a while, right? When you last tried doing something for the first time, you probably weren't incredibly successful right off the bat. More likely than not, there was a learning curve involved. With this in mind, then, it can be a really great idea — if not also a sound investment — to fork over some cash and join a local tri training club and enlist the guidance of a triathlon-specific coach. By doing so, you'll be surrounding yourself with other athletes with similar goals, and you'll also be immersing yourself in a sea of tri-specific wisdom and expertise, which will be invaluable to you on your tri journey. You ultimately want to arrive to your starting line trained and injury-free, and a tri coach and a tri training group can help get you there.

Practice, practice, practice . Heeding the training instructions that you'll receive from your training group and coach will obviously serve you well throughout your training over the next several months. You'll likely find that you'll be pushed more physically and mentally than you have been in years — which is good! — so remember to be open to the experience. Every day you "practice" your three sports, you'll be putting a little bit into your training "bank" from where you'll be able to "draw" come race day. As time wears on, you'll get experience practicing everything — the actual sports, themselves, of course, but also what you'll wear (no race-day wardrobe malfunctions for you!), your race-day nutrition, your transitions between sports, basically anything and everything. Remember that even in the thick of training, each day presents an opportunity for you to "practice" your craft so that on race day, you're ready to rumble, and the smile that you'll have plastered across your face in your finishing line pictures will be unrivaled.

You may likely find that training for and completing your first triathlon is a life-changing experience, and who knows? You may even decide that triathlon is a new-found hobby of yours and decide to stick with it to see how much you can improve each season. What matters most, though, is that you at least give yourself the opportunity to try — no pun intended — because it'll be when you get outside your comfort zone that you see how much you can (physically and mentally) grow as a person.


Contributed by: Dan Chabert

Writing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Dan is an ultramarathon distance runner. He also owns the websites runnerclick.com, monicashealthmag.com & nicershoes.com. He has been featured on runner blogs all over the world. Dan believes in sharing the knowledge to people.