Anti-aging Column

Published on March 18th, 2015 | by Ann Rickard

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Love Your Teeth

No matter how much you believe in your toothpaste’s whitening ability, it can’t work against teeth that have not been meticulously cared for all of your life.

“I would rather spend money on my teeth than on a new wardrobe…even a first class trip on the Orient Express”

Most of our grandmothers didn’t keep their teeth past their 40th birthdays. (I believe in days gone by, a sparkling set of dentures with plastic pink gums was a traditional 21st birthday gift for many a young lass.) (I hope you are shocked.)

I always found the sad old teeth on the Queen Mother an awful distraction from her soft and gentle grace.

You might have spent a long lifetime looking after your skin, your weight, your wardrobe, your hair, but if you haven’t been looking after your teeth with the same due care, nothing will age you more. (Not even the liver spots on the back of your hands.)

Okay, I know it’s easy for me to spout off about keeping good teeth when dentist bills in our country are horrendous.

The only shock bigger than being quoted $5,000 to fix one shaky tooth on its deathbed, is the shock of discovering the health care fund you have paid into faithfully for three decades will allow you to claim approximately $1 back on that one tooth.

I exaggerate, but you get what I mean.

I would rather spend money on my teeth than on a new wardrobe…even a first class trip on the Orient Express.

I believe we should look after our teeth as though they were a precious gift to be yanked away from us faster than a dentist with a pair of pliers and a gleam in his eye.

Love your teeth.  Clean them, regularly. Use floss and mouth wash. Have regular check-ups. Buy a water plaque-blaster contraption. Invest in an electric toothbrush that will massage your gums. (You can never put too much importance on gums, a lot of ugliness lurks in gums…more about that another time.)

I know getting out the dental floss is the last thing you want to do before you jump into bed, especially if you’ve cleaned and prepped and moisturised your face after a big evening of food and wine – but you have to do it.

Having your teeth professionally whitened will take a few years off your appearance. People won’t know why you suddenly look younger (they will suspect everything from Botox to a mini face lift) and will search your face for clues but they won’t guess it is the teeth.

Whitening is far cheaper than a set of veneers which is what you will require if you want good teeth after a certain age and have not put in the hard yards on them in the past.

Enough lecturing for now. Go clean your teeth.

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About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.



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