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

Jun
9

5 Ways to Protect Your New Smile

At long last, your smile makeover is complete, and boy, do you look good!

Next on your list of priorities is making this gorgeous investment last a long time. How can you do so? Keep the following five tips in mind as you go about your daily routine.

  1. Avoid Staining Foods

Most of your new restorations should do well with resisting stain. But your natural teeth will be just as prone to stain as ever before.

If your teeth darken because of exposure to staining foods and drinks, they’ll stand out in contrast with all your shiny white restorations.

You may need to whiten your teeth on occasion to keep them bright. Limit how often you eat things like:

  • Coffee
  • Red wine
  • Curry
  • Soda and sports drinks
  1. Wear Mouthguards For Sleep and Sports

One of the deadliest things to a new smile is trauma. Grinding your teeth in your sleep or taking a blow to the mouth during a sports game are quick ways to undo all that beautiful dental work.

  1. Wear Your Retainer

If your smile makeover included orthodontic treatment, make sure you wear your retainer as directed. This ensures that you won’t need to repeat any expensive tooth realignments.

  1. Practice Great Oral Hygiene

Keep your gums plaque-free to ward off inflammation and avoid getting any more cavities! Daily flossing is a must.

  1. Keep Your Dental Appointments

Now that your smile is “fixed,” it’s easy to forget that it won’t stay that way on its own.

Regular dental checkups and cleanings will ensure your smile makeover is still holding strong. Your dentist will alert you to potential problems so that you can fix them while they’re still small.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

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

May
3

Do Sensitivity Toothpastes Actually Work?

Most “whitening” toothpastes don’t work as quickly as you might think.

In other areas, though, your toothpaste is likely well-suited to the task at hand. This includes fighting cavities and preventing plaque buildup.

How about the claim that your toothpaste can make your teeth less sensitive?

What Makes Teeth Sensitive?

Your toothe enamel is covered with small holes. These openings lead to microscopic nerve-filled chambers. Yes, your teeth are alive and filled with tiny nerves.

If your enamel layer wears away because of decay, acid, or mechanical erosion, then those nerves are more likely to be exposed to the outside environment and you may experience tooth sensitivity.  Also, some people experience temporary tooth sensitivity after teeth whitening.

Why Sensitivity Toothpastes Work

Toothpastes formulated to protect sensitive teeth all contain an ingredient called potassium nitrate. This key ingredient blocks up small pores on the surface of your enamel. Reinforce them with a layer of potassium nitrate, and your poor nerves won’t be as exposed to temperature change or acid.

Additionally, sensitivity toothpastes usually contain plenty of fluoride. This mineral is key to strengthening the enamel you do have left, preventing further wear.

How you use the toothpaste is important. If you rinse your mouth with water right after brushing, then you’ll be washing away all those minerals. It’s better to let the paste rest directly on your teeth to give them time to soak it up.

If you struggle with sensitive teeth, then a specially-formulated toothpaste could be worth a try. In all honesty, it does work better for some patients than it does for others, but it can’t hurt to give it a go!

To find out which brand is right for your needs, consult your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

May
1

Want an Even Smile? The Secret May Lie in Your Gums

Have you ever smiled in the mirror and detested the sight of teeth that look:

  • Too long
  • Too short
  • Differently sized?

If so, then you could probably use a bit of minor cosmetic gum enhancement.

Gum Treatment – Why?

Teeth sometimes look a little funny just because they have too much or too little gum tissue covering them. It might not necessarily be that your teeth are too small . . . they could just be hidden under excess gums.

Instead of compromising your tooth enamel to increase the size of your tooth, you can simply laser or trim away a little of the excess gums (also called “crown lengthening.”)

How It’s Done

Your dentist or a periodontist (gum specialist) will make sure that your gums are numb before operating. Within a procedure of only a few minutes, the doctor will skillfully trim off a little border of gum tissue. More recently, this process often uses laser technology for quick treatment, minimal discomfort, and faster healing.

Cosmetic Smile Enhancement Options

Gum enhancement isn’t for everyone.

You may find that some areas of your mouth will benefit from gum therapy while others need enhancements to the teeth themselves. When most patients design their smile makeovers, they plan to incorporate many different elements of treatment.

Your smile plan might include a variety of procedures such as:

With the advice of a professional like a dentist or periodontist, you may find that there’s no need at all to treat your teeth. Just a little gum surgery could do the trick!

To find the combination that’s right for your smile, schedule a consultation with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

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