Dental Tips Blog

Oct
10

A Beautiful Smile – It’s About More Than White Teeth!

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Have you thought about getting a smile makeover?

You may be interested in having that special celebrity smile. But to achieve that, you need to pay attention to more than just getting white teeth.

Ingredients to a Beautiful Smile

In addition to white teeth, the perfect smile also takes into consideration things like:

  • Gum color and contour
  • Tooth shape and alignment
  • Fresh-smelling breath
  • Cleanliness

If one of those things is off, then it can invalidate even the whitest of teeth.

Reach Your Smile Goals

Having an aesthetically-pleasing smile is a matter of paying equal attention to all areas of your mouth.

For example, you may need gum therapy to treat periodontal disease before you can get evenly shaped tissues. Fresh breath could require treating some large cavities. And there’s no way you’re getting white teeth if they’re coated in plaque and tartar!

To achieve your cosmetic dental goals, you first need to take care of the health issues. This process includes addressing some things you might not think are that big of a deal, sooner rather than later.

A beautiful and sweet-smelling smile depends on taking care of a few basics:

  • Flossing and brushing daily
  • Drinking more water than sweetened drinks
  • Having regular dental cleanings to remove buildup
  • Reducing your cavity risk

Before you can plan on the extras like teeth whitening, you need to make sure you’re laying a solid, healthy foundation. It’s not fun to whiten teeth only to have a couple pulled within a year. Look after your oral health first, and then you’ll be on your way to a more attractive smile.

Ask a cosmetic dentist near you what you can do to get ready for a smile makeover.

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

Sep
5

Why You Should Have a Dental Checkup Before Teeth Bleaching?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

With so many DIY teeth whitening tricks and products out there, it might not seem necessary to consult a dentist first.

But there are actually a few reasons you should have a dental checkup before you begin any teeth bleaching regimen.

Bleaching is bad for cavities.

Teeth whitening agents can be caustic. They sting when applied to teeth with exposed nerves. If you have any cavities, those are weak spots in the enamel that can let teeth bleaching chemicals access the sensitive inner layer of the tooth.

When you have a dental checkup, the dentist will check for signs of decay and weak enamel. It’s ideal to have those areas patched up before you put any chemicals on them.

Your dentist will have tips for more effective whitening.

Your dentist knows teeth, after all. He or she will be able to give you recommendations for whitening your smile in a way that will get you the best results in the safest manner. In some cases, an over-the-counter rinse may be all that’s needed. Other times, professional in-office bleaching is the best way.

Some teeth may not respond to whitening.

You could spend countless weeks and hundreds of dollars whitening teeth which, to your frustration, won’t get any lighter.

Tell your dentist you’d like to lighten your tooth color and ask what results you can expect. Some teeth won’t whiten with any bleaching technique if their stain is due to trauma. You may have dental restorations like crowns that won’t bleach, either.

If teeth bleaching would be pointless for you, then your dentist will recommend other more effective methods.

Schedule a checkup at your local dental office if you’re interested in whitening!

Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 399-9199

Aug
22

5 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Smile White

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Whitening your teeth is just the first step. After your teeth are bleached to that perfect shade of white, you need to put some effort into maintaining them.

Here are five of the best ways to keep your smile brilliant.

Avoid Dark Drinks

Wine, tea, coffee, cola, sports drinks, and energy drinks are the primary stain culprits. Stay away from these, and you’ll be rewarded with a white smile. You’ll also want to be careful of dark foods like berries, curry, and tomato sauce.

Don’t Smoke

Tobacco use is a surefire way to bring your tooth color back to square one. If you don’t like the idea of whitening your teeth every year, then cutting back on smoking will help you maintain the progress made.

Brush Often

The longer you let plaque sit on your teeth, the more it will stain! Make it a habit to brush 2-3 times a day with a soft toothbrush and a toothpaste with mild abrasive ingredients to buff away new stain. Wait a half hour after eating so that you don’t spread around food acids while brushing.

Use a Whitening Rinse

Avoid mouthwashes that contain cetylpyridinium chloride, a notorious staining ingredient. Look instead for ones with a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide will help lift surface stain to maintain smile brightness.

Strengthen Your Enamel

Weakened enamel gets sensitive and porous and traps stain from food and plaque. If you keep your enamel strong and healthy, your teeth will look whiter. Use enamel-reinforcing toothpastes that contain ingredients like:

  • Fluoride
  • Hydroxyapatite
  • Calcium
  • Potassium nitrate

Visit your dentist to find out what else you can do to maintain a beautiful white smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050

Aug
21

Going Natural: The Latest Cosmetic Dental Trend

Posted in Teeth Whitening

We all love that perfectly white smile. But we’re seeing a trend these days towards a more natural look. People don’t necessarily want the set of teeth displayed in a toothpaste commercial.

Instead, folks are pointing to specific celebrities with unique features and saying “I want a smile like that.

This has led to individuals celebrating their smile imperfections and even highlighting the features that make them so unique.

As long as your teeth are healthy and positioned so that they stay healthy, you have a lot of artistic freedom.

Want to make a subtle change to your smile sans the row of laser-white “Chiclet teeth”?

If so, here are a couple procedures to help you do that.

Take-Home Teeth Bleaching

This is a little different from the products you’d find on the shelves at your local drugstore. Those over-the-counter items may be cheap, but they also tend to be ineffective and even cause irritation.

Your dentist can set you up with the tools and instructions needed to whiten safely at home. At-home professional teeth whitening systems are customized to your individual set of teeth and let you bleach gradually until you hit just the shade of white you were aiming for.

Dental Bonding

You don’t always have to crown a tooth to change its shape or width or length.

Your dentist can just patch on a little dental material around the edges to modify it. Bonding is fast and requires virtually no drilling, so you don’t even need an injection. The bonding material will be color-matched to blend seamlessly with your tooth.

Learn more about subtle and conservative ways to enhance your smile’s natural beauty by visiting your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Apr
22

5 Surprising Causes of Tooth Stain

Posted in Teeth Whitening

No one is a fan of tooth stain. You do all you can to keep your teeth as white and bright as possible. Preventing discoloration can feel like an uphill battle.

Here are a few common but little known causes of teeth staining. Getting a better idea of what’s behind your dark buildup can help you avoid it.

  1. Sports Drinks

Most people attribute tooth stain to dark-colored liquids. A pale blue or bright yellow bottle of sports drink doesn’t sound like a formula for dark teeth. But sports drinks contain high levels of sugar and acids that wear away enamel. As enamel thins, the yellow dentin shows through.

Dyes in the drink will also cause stain when they stick to the worn-away spots.

  1. Antibiotics

Tetracyclines are a class of antibiotics that cause stain from the inside out on developing teeth. The stain shows up dark brown or gray in the teeth of children who had this medication or whose mothers took the antibiotic while pregnant.

  1. Fluoride

If you’re a coffee drinker, then it’s more likely the brew rather than your fluoride toothpaste causing the stain. But, too much ingested fluoride can cause white spots to form in developing teeth. That’s one reason why children shouldn’t swallow toothpaste.

  1. Trauma

Smacking a tooth hard enough can cause nerve damage years later. A dying nerve will discolor the tooth on the inside.

  1. Age

As we get older, our enamel thins and denting (the yellow tooth layer) thickens. Teeth naturally get yellow with time.

How you whiten your teeth often depends on what caused the stain to begin with.  Over the counter teeth whitening products are not as effective as professional teeth whitening and may not have any effect on certain types of tooth stains or discolorations.   For effective teeth whitening or treating stubborn tooth discolorations,  contact your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
678.730.2005

Mar
31

The Perfectly White Smile – At What Cost?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Many Americans are known for doing anything to attain that perfect smile.

DIY whitening materials have included baking soda, strawberries, charcoal, lemon juice, and hydrogen peroxide. In addition to this, there are countless in-office treatments and over-the-counter products.

There’s no end to the experimentation in sight!

Society places a lot of emphasis on having a beautiful smile. Even young kids whose new teeth are naturally dark feel ashamed of their smiles in comparison with those in the images they’re constantly bombarded with.

But this fascination with bleaching tooth color comes at a price.

Professional treatments can seem expensive, so the OTC and DIY methods have the economic appeal. There are so many options available to virtually everyone.

What harm can come from a little experimentation with tooth color?

Whitening at home can potentially result in:

  • Spending hundreds on countless disappointing whitening attempts
  • Irritation to areas of decay or gum recession
  • Burned gums
  • Enamel sensitivity

Did you know that teeth bleaching is a tightly regulated procedure in most countries? Although considered a safe cosmetic enhancement in the United States, teeth whitening is nothing to take lightly.

If you want to enhance your appearance, whitening can be great way to do so. It’s a minimal change with major impact. Bleaching takes years off your smile, makes you look healthier, and can boost your confidence.

But the best way is to whiten is with dentist supervision. This way, you’re guaranteed a fast and effective one-time process that won’t damage your teeth or gums. You’ll also see a better return on investment.

Talk with your dentist about how to get brighter teeth in one go without throwing away your money on an endless line of questionable whitening products.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Feb
16

The Truth About Whitening with Activated Charcoal

Posted in Teeth Whitening

You’ve heard all the hype on social media, DIY videos, and beauty blogs. Activated charcoal is touted for its ability to absorb toxins. It also has abrasive properties for exfoliation.

But how does it do when it comes to whitening teeth?

Please note that the charcoal people are talking about isn’t the kind you use in a backyard BBQ. This has to be the “activated” kind which has improved absorbency.

A lot of those “results” people see after just one brushing with activated charcoal are the same they would get with regular toothpaste. The charcoal just removed some of the surface plaque that naturally dulls teeth. So, don’t let a recently cleaned smile fool you into believing it’s been bleached.

Additionally, some people mistakenly believe charcoal is an alternative to fluoride. As an ingredient in most toothpastes, fluoride is an enamel-strengthener, not a whitener. Charcoal can help clean teeth, but it does not prevent cavities.

Before giving this latest fad a try, you should also think about a few of the drawbacks to using activated charcoal powder:

  • It gets very messy to brush with
  • You risk hurting your lungs if you breathe in the fine powder
  • The roughness can gradually damage enamel

If you’re the DIY enthusiast who just has to give this a try, dentists warn you to think twice. Charcoal isn’t known to actually seep into the tooth layers to bleach them and, if anything, could be harmful to teeth.

For more reliable, immediate and safer teeth whitening, you’re better off consulting your dentist. He or she will give you tips on effective home whitening and suggestions for more ideal methods than activated charcoal.

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206
Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

Feb
11

Is Teeth Whitening Dangerous?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Tooth color makes a major difference in your appearance. White teeth can help you look healthier and younger. As such, teeth bleaching is a fast way to boost your smile and enhance your overall look.

But you may be a little suspicious of the chemical-approach used in traditional teeth whitening methods.

Is it safe or should you stay away from teeth bleaching?

How Teeth Whitening Works

The main two ways of whitening teeth include scrubbing away surface stain and bleaching out stain that’s deeply embedded in enamel.

Gritty abrasives like baking soda or powdered charcoal are alright for buffing away new stain that causes surface discoloration. But a peroxide-based formula can penetrate the enamel pores to lift old stain.

Too Much of a Good Thing

As effective as these teeth whitening methods are, they can cause some harm when used too much.

For example, using abrasives to scrub out stain can also scrub away some enamel. Bleaching with products that contain peroxide easily lead to enamel sensitivity and gum irritation.

But these negative effects have to do with using the product too often and/or using too much of it. Professional teeth bleaching is safe when you follow the directions that come with it.

In short, teeth whitening is not dangerous as long as you do it properly. The best way to lighten your teeth is to consult a dental professional.

Your dentist can also help you find an effective alternative if you decide that you do not want to try bleaching. You can get a whiter smile with the help of dental bonding, veneers, or just a professional teeth cleaning.

Get started on a healthier and whiter smile by contacting your dentist today.

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

Dec
19

Why Are My Teeth Getting Dark?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Darkening teeth is a very common problem. In fact, the market for teeth whitening has taken off in recent years. Almost everyone wants a whiter smile. But it’s not easy to get bright teeth if you don’t know what caused them to darken in the first place.

Stain From Without

Most people blame yellowing teeth on the foods that they are eating. For the most part, this is one of the biggest contributors to stain. Tooth enamel, despite it’s shiny smooth appearance, is actually quite porous. All those tiny holes are quick to soak up dark pigments from food.

Stain can also come from tobacco and medications.

Stain From Within

After years of exposure to heavily-staining foods or cigarettes, stain on the outside of the tooth can start to become deeply embedded within the tooth itself. Tooth discoloration can also occur as the result of trauma or certain disease or drug-exposure during development.

What Can You Do?

You may want to consider eliminating the stain-causing agents from your diet. This means cutting back on coffee, switching to white instead of red wine, and giving up smoking altogether.

Next, see how an over-the-counter whitening toothpaste does at scrubbing away surface stain. If you want better results, talk with your dentist about professional teeth whitening. That’s pretty much the only way you’ll even touch stain that’s deep inside your tooth.

What if stubborn stains still won’t respond? Your dentist will have other options including dental crowns and veneers to totally mask darkening teeth.

White teeth convey a message of youth, health, and beauty. Get a brighter smile by contacting your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of:
Ambler Dental Care
602 S Bethlehem Pike C-2
Ambler, PA 19002
(215) 643-1122

Dec
19

Tips For Making Your Teeth Less Sensitive

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Sensitive teeth is one problem you can’t easily ignore. When your teeth are screaming in pain, it’s almost impossible to sleep well or eat your favorite foods. It even gets hard to breathe through your mouth due to the air rushing over your tooth.  Sensitive teeth can be caused by a variety of factors, but one common cause of sensitive teeth is teeth whitening.  Fortunately, tooth sensitivity following teeth whitening is usually temporary.

Here are a few things you can try to help fight the sensitivity and get back to enjoying life.

Use a desensitizing toothpaste. Yes, they actually work. Sensitivity toothpastes are formulated with ingredients that help block up pores in the enamel where the tooth’s nerves may be exposed. 

Avoid extreme temperatures. For simple biological reasons, some people have more sensitive teeth and can’t handle sudden changes in temperature. Don’t eat scalding hot soup along with ice water, if you can help it.

Change dental products. Have you checked your toothbrush lately? A hard-bristled toothbrush could be wearing away your enamel. Switch to a soft one.

Cut out acidic foods and drinks. Coffee, tea, soda, tomato sauces, salad dressings, citrus fruits, and more are notorious for wearing away teeth. Balance out your diet with items that fall on the basic end of the pH scale.

Up the fluoride. A little more of this mineral in your “tooth diet” could strengthen your teeth and reinforce the enamel.

Try dental bonding. Your dentist may be able to patch up any weak spots or exposed tooth roots with a bit of dental bonding to cover them up.

Visit your dentist. Sometimes, it can feel like nothing you do helps. Your dentist may have some ideas to help you figure out what’s actually causing the sensitivity.

Get relief for sensitive teeth! Contact your dentist today to schedule a checkup.

Posted on behalf of:
Allen Dentistry
551 W McDermott Dr
Allen, TX 75013
(972)359-9950

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