Dental Tips Blog

Nov
30

Three Common Tooth Staining Foods

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Tooth color can be affected by a variety of influences…heck, some people are just born with gorgeous white teeth. Here are three foods and beverages that while delicious tasting, may also contribute to less-than-stellar-looking teeth. 

Coffee

We love our Starbucks, but most of us don’t love yellow teeth. Tip: Don’t bathe your poor teeth in coffee all day. Try to choose one time of day when the bulk of your coffee is consumed (probably mornings) and brush your teeth right after. This will hopefully slow the yellowing process.

Tea

Tea is another big offender, and it’s not just the hot tea that you sip with Grandma. It’s that healthy green tea that you got at the health food store. It’s that famous sweet tea you always order at your favorite restaurant. It causes some of the worst brown stain between your teeth and behind them (& makes every hygienist earn her paycheck to get it to come off.)

Colorful berries

So much research has come out about the antioxidant benefits found in certain fruits that it’s no wonder that blueberries and raspberries have become so popular. While healthy for your insides, we can’t say the same about the outside of your teeth. Blue eyes are beautiful. Blue teeth? Not so much.

Can whitening remove these stains?

Absolutely! One short 10-minute appointment for custom bleaching tray impressions is all it takes. If your teeth have not been professionally cleaned in awhile, we highly recommend you do that first (or even at the same appointment). Once the dentist has given you a clean bill of health (no cavities) you’ll be free to start using your teeth whitening trays and making those pearly whites…white!

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Oct
16

How to Get a Perfectly White Smile

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Don’t you just envy those perfectly-white teeth that little kids have?

Tragically, we’ll never get such naturally white teeth again once the baby ones are lost. But you can get pretty close, thanks to a variety of cosmetic therapies offered in dentistry today.

Start At Home

You can try your best to lighten your tooth color at home. Over-the-counter whitening rinses and strips have helped lots of people achieve a hue they’re happy with. A whitening toothpaste with an abrasive like baking soda may also help scrub away some stain.

But for more powerful results, you’ll have to go pro.

Professional Teeth Bleaching

The next step up is in-office teeth whitening by your local dentist. This is definitely the safest and fastest way to get the whitest smile of your life. One or two visits could take years off your smile and give you a fresh start.

Professional whitening gel contains a very high concentration of bleaching chemicals. That’s why it’s only available for use in a supervised setting.

As potent as such procedures may be, there are still some cases of deep and stubborn stain that refuse to leave. What then?

The Cover Up Tactic

For the most thoroughly white smile every, you may have to opt for dental veneers. These are usually made of porcelain and completely mask dark colors on front teeth.

In fact, you may enjoy the combined effect of whitening and veneers. The veneers will give the teeth in your smile zone a permanent brilliance while the bleaching will help maintain a light color for your back teeth. Ask your dentist which whitening method will suit your smile best.

Posted on behalf of:
Ora Dentistry
2733 Elk Grove Blvd #180
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 975-1000

Sep
22

Can Your Dentist Get Your Teeth Any Whiter?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Whether you’ve just noticed your teeth darkening, or have hated your yellow teeth for years, you’re ready for a solution.

The good news is that your dentist has a variety of methods for lightening tooth color.

Pumice Polish

A basic dental cleaning may be all you really need. At that appointment, the dental hygienist uses a paste fortified with a gentle grit made from pumice. This isn’t ideal for everyday use, but it’s great to have at your occasional dental cleanings.

The pumice is scrubbed against your teeth with a spinning rubber cup to break down superficial stain from every angle.

Air Polish

Some dental offices are equipped with a special kind of tooth polisher. This instrument jets a blast of air and baking soda particles in a powerful stream. The fine particles work exceptionally well at breaking down very stubborn stain in hard-to-reach places.

Professional Bleaching

When it comes to changing the actual color of your teeth, you need to call the pros onto the playing field.

Professional teeth bleaching treatments vary from take-home kits that let you whiten at your own pace to in-office procedures that get you results in an hour. Your dentist will let you know which teeth whitening method is right for your teeth.

Veneers

When all else fails, it may be time to cover up the crime!

Dental veneers are thin porcelain covers that slip over the front of upper teeth and completely mask deep stain. They are the best way to get the results you want in an instant, but they do require a tiny bit of drilling on your teeth.

Ask your dentist for more information on the best teeth whitening techniques.

Posted on behalf of:
Brentwood Dental Group
2440 S Brentwood Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63144
(314) 962-6643

Jul
25

What Teeth Staining Says About Your Smile

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Everyone wants a whiter smile. But few people wonder how stain gets there in the first place. Well, tackling your stain problem at it’s source is often the best way to start getting your smile white again.

Here are a few common colors of tooth stain and what they mean:

Black/Brown Stain – This is the most common kind of stain. It’s usually the result of tobacco use or consuming dark-colored foods such as coffee, tea, wine, soda, and berries.

Green/Orange Stain – You may experience a rainbow of colors in your tooth stain reflecting the variety of bacteria living in your plaque. These surface stains stay away if you are diligent with your tooth brushing.

Intrinsic Vs. Extrinsic Stain

Did you know that stain is actually grouped into two broad categories?

Some staining happens as a result of the outsides of our teeth coming in contact with dark-colored items. Other stains occur on the insides of teeth. These two types need to be corrected with different techniques.

Extrinsic (meaning, “outside”) stains can often be scrubbed away with an abrasive toothpaste. They also get scraped off at your dental cleaning appointments. The extrinsic stain that gets embedded in enamel pores can be coaxed out of there with professional teeth whitening.

But intrinsic (inner) staining shows up because of events going on inside the tooth. Intrinsic staining can happen because of an injury to the tooth or exposure to certain medications during tooth development.

Intrinsic stains can’t always be bleached out. Instead, you’re looking at cover-up dental techniques such as crowns, bonding, and veneers.

To find out how to combat the stain threats you encounter in daily life, visit your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Clearwater Dentistry
3006 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33759
727-608-4361

Jun
20

Boost Your Confidence in 1 Hour with Teeth Whitening

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Do you think you could afford to spare one hour every six months?

That could actually be all it takes to keep your smile a dazzling shade of white.

Professional teeth whitening could be your key to more confidence.

How Does Professional Teeth Bleaching Work?

Your dentist will use a medical-grade whitening gel with a high concentration of carbamide peroxide. This agent penetrates enamel pores to lift deep underlying stain.

Before whitening, you need to make sure your teeth are in good shape. If you’ve got large areas of decay, the bleaching gel can really sting!

Getting a professional teeth cleaning before you bleach will ensure more effective whitening. You can’t lighten tooth color if it’s covered up with tartar.

Prepping for Your Visit

You’ll want to come prepared with an audio book, music, or movie for your actual whitening appointment.

Treatment is very relaxing, but can last upwards of an hour, so it’s good to have something to distract you! Otherwise, feel free to take a nap.

Your dentist will apply the whitening product directly to your teeth (either through a set of trays, or a paint-on gel.) The setup will also protect your gums from any irritating effects. A bright light aimed at your smile helps speed up the process. A pair of protective sunglasses saves your eyes from the glare and adds to the spa-on-the-beach effect.

Afterwards, you’ll rinse out and get some instructions for caring for your newly brightened smile.

Will At-Home Whitening Work?

Yes, with the right product you can also achieve good results at home.

Talk with your dentist to find out which teeth whitening method is right for you. You’re going to love the results!

Posted on behalf of:
Atlantic Dentistry
13474 Atlantic Blvd Suite 109
Jacksonville FL 32225
904-647-1800

Jun
9

Is It Safe for Kids to Whiten Their Teeth?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

If you want the short answer, it’s this: no, it’s not recommended for kids to whiten their teeth. To understand why, or when it is ok for a child to whiten, this is what you need to know:

Questionable Teeth Bleaching Safety

Probably the main reason your dentist discourages whitening baby teeth is simply because we don’t yet know how teeth whitening affects developing teeth.

Additionally, teeth whitening products use strong chemicals that reach deep into enamel pores. If you overdo it, teeth can become very sensitive. Further, these chemicals can quickly cause painful gum irritation to growing tooth nerves.

Most kids go by the logic that the more you whiten, the better the results. They just aren’t ready to responsibly use the products as directed.

Why Do Kids’ Teeth Look Yellow?

Do you know the real reason your child needs teeth whitening?

Newly erupted adult teeth tend to look very dark in comparison with pearly white baby tooth neighbors. Baby teeth have less of the dentin layer than adult teeth. It’s this layer that gives teeth a yellow color.

Your child may not need whitening, at all. Their teeth just look dark as they first come in.

What You Can Do

Don’t pressure your child into having a celebrity-caliber smile. When your son or daughter grows into a responsible young teen, they may be interested in selecting whitening treatments that appeal to them.

The next consideration is your child’s oral hygiene. Kids who don’t brush well can grow stain and plaque in a whole spectrum of colors.

A trip to the dentist for a professional cleaning could do wonders. While you’re there, ask about the right time for your child to start whitening their teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

May
25

Get a Whiter Smile at Home in 4 Steps

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Who doesn’t want a brighter, healthier-looking smile?

Better yet would be to get this gorgeous new look from the comfort of your own home. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  1. Cut Out Staining Foods

The first step is to stop soaking your teeth in the stuff that will only layer on more stain. Some popular foods and drinks that stain teeth include:

– Coffee

– Tea

– Soda

– Sports drinks

– Red wine

– Curry

– Tomato sauces

You don’t have to give up these foods forever – just cut back a bit and reach for lighter-colored options.

  1. Try a Whitening Toothpaste

Teeth-whitening toothpastes don’t actually bleach your teeth. They do contain small abrasive particles which can help to scrub away some surface stain. One common ingredient is baking soda. Whether you choose a toothpaste or just use baking soda by itself, proceed with caution – it can irritate gum tissue.

  1. Home Bleaching Trays

Most dental offices can provide their patients with a custom-fitted teeth whitening tray. You take this tray home along with some professional-strength whitening gel. By wearing the tray with the gel for an hour or so each day (depending on the strength of the formula), you’ll gradually whiten your smile until you reach the shade you’re happy with.

  1. Maintain the Shine with a Rinse

Once you’ve gotten that beautiful white smile, you’ll want to keep it that way. Whitening rinses that contain small amounts of hydrogen peroxide will help keep new stain from settling into your enamel.

Want more tips on keeping your smile young and vibrant? Schedule a smile consultation with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

Jan
25

Do Whitening Rinses Actually Work?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

We’d all like a definitive answer on the issue of at-home teeth whitening techniques.

Is rinsing effective? The answer is still both a complicated ‘yes’ and ‘no.’

A liquid whitener won’t necessarily have the effect that the advertising would imply. But with diligent use, it can work in your favor.

How Rinses Can Lighten Tooth Color

Whitening solutions almost universally contain hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient. Peroxide penetrates pores in the enamel that trap stain from things like food, drinks, and cigarettes. The peroxide releases oxygen which helps to loosen deeply embedded stain.

So these rinses do work, but not exactly in the glittering dynamite way shown on the packaging. It’s simply not as concentrated nor effective as professional teeth whitening treatments. It can even irritate your teeth and gums if not used properly.

What is the right way to use these mouthwashes?

Make Whitening Rinses Safe and Effective

To get the most out of your at-home whitening regimen, you should, ironically, start out by consulting your dentist.

Hydrogen peroxide can make gums very sensitive and irritate teeth that have cavities. Once your dentist gets you caught up with dental treatment, you can whiten your teeth much more easily.

If your dentist agrees that a teeth whitening mouthwash is a suitable option for you, then be patient and diligent. After some weeks of use, you may very well see a slight difference.

A rinse is a great maintenance routine for teeth after having a professional treatment, which is your fastest and safest whitening method.

To find out whether a whitening rinse will help you make your smile dazzlingly white, schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Preston Sherry Dental Associates
6134 Sherry Ln
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 691-7371

Jan
10

What Makes Teeth Yellow?

Have you ever wondered what makes our teeth yellow in the first place?

Battling tooth discoloration starts with understanding why it happens. This will help you choose the most effective method for lightening the color of your teeth.

Natural Dentin Color

Just like your eyes, skin, hair, and gums, your teeth have a natural and unique color. Teeth get their hue from the thickness of their inner layer, the darker yellow dentin. The outer enamel layer is translucent and white, but when it is thick, it hides the yellowness and makes the teeth look whiter. Conversely, having thin enamel can naturally make teeth look more yellow.

Stain

Coffee, tea, tobacco use are major stain culprits. With years of regular exposure, these substances can cause deep enamel discoloration.

Age

Your tooth enamel layer starts to thin as you age, making teeth more sensitive and appear more yellow. Gum recession is also linked to advancing age. When gums pull away from the crown of the tooth, the dark yellow tooth root becomes visible.

Dental Calculus

Dental calculus (tartar) could be covering up a beautifully white tooth surface. Even if your teeth are bright, the tartar you allow to stay on them will give your smile a dull and filmy look.

How to Get Whiter Teeth

A professional dental cleaning is the best way to get started. Have your dentist check out your teeth. If you’re not happy with how white they are after polishing, then ask about bleaching them.

A few methods for lightening deep yellow stain include:

  • At-home teeth whitening strips and gels
  • Prescription take-home teeth whitening trays
  • Professional-level laser teeth whitening

Ask your dentist about which cosmetic teeth whitening option would best help you see a brighter smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Meadowbrook Family Dental
8848 Calvine Rd #120
Elk Grove, CA 95828
(916) 912-4126

Jan
6

4 Teeth Whitening Options

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Pretty much everyone wants that stunning, white, celebrity-caliber smile. If you’re interested in taking the brightness factor of your teeth up a notch, which technique is right for you?

You’ve got a lot of options to choose from….

  1. Over-the-Counter Bleaching Products

You can find lots of products in your local drugstore… from gels to toothpastes, to rinses to leave-on strips. These products work by buffing away surface stain and bleaching out mild stains embedded within tooth enamel.

They’re only effective skin-deep, so to speak, but it’s a good start! If you want to see more dramatic effects, then visit your dentist for a professional teeth whitening consultation.

  1. Professional In-Office Treatments

Your fastest option is to go with a professional teeth whitening treatment in a dental office. In a single appointment, you get to relax while the product is applied and activated. It only takes about an hour and the results are immediate.

  1. Custom Fitted Take-Home Trays

To get a professional result in the comfort of your own home, try having professionally-fitted whitening trays made. Fill them with prescription-strength gel and wear them once a day. Results are achieved in about 10-14 days and are easy to maintain over time.

  1. Cover Up with Veneers

If bleaching is not enough, you can simply cover up the front of your teeth with gorgeous dental veneers. These thin shells of porcelain cover the side of your tooth that is visible when you smile. Veneers can change not only the color of teeth, but the texture and shape, as well.

These are just a few of the most popular whitening and cosmetic options used on a day-to-day basis. Schedule a consultation with your dentist to find out what’s really best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

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