Dental Tips Blog

Nov
27

Fight Tooth Stain at Home with 6 Simple Tricks

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Looking for a natural way to get whiter teeth?

Try some of these easy at-home tricks to lift stain from your enamel.

Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil

Oil-pulling doesn’t pull the color right out of teeth. But some people say that it helps reduce staining plaque when used along with brushing and flossing.

Strawberries and Baking Soda

Baking soda is a common abrasive ingredient used in whitening toothpastes. You can use it alone with water, or try the celebrity hack of mixing it with mashed strawberries for more kick (not scientifically-proven). Scrub the mixture onto your teeth then rinse well with water and follow up with a fluoride toothpaste.

CAUTION: Baking soda can wear down enamel if used too much and can also irritate gums. Strawberries may be a natural food item, but they do contain acids and sugars which can eat away enamel and trigger cavities. Don’t try this more than once or twice!

Eat Lots of Fiber

Fresh fruits and veggies are one of the best ways to wick away staining plaque while you eat. Make your carb intake based on whole grains, as well.

Got Calcium?

Calcium is key to keeping enamel strong. Without it, tooth enamel becomes porous and prone to absorbing stain. Get your calcium from dairy products or calcium-rich produce like broccoli.

Switch to Water

Never underestimate how much good water does! It naturally rinses away pigments from foods you eat throughout the day.

See Your Dentist

At the end of the day, the only way to truly whiten teeth is with the trained help of a dental expert. Your dentist can help you identify a safe and conservative way to get a brighter smile while keeping your teeth healthy and strong.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

Nov
19

Teeth Bleaching: Why You Need a Dentist’s Help

Posted in Teeth Whitening

When it comes to teeth whitening, there’s no shortage of over-the-counter products and DIY tricks.

So why bother with the cost and inconvenience of visiting a dentist?

Teeth bleaching may seem like a personal matter not serious enough to merit a dental visit. But if you want your teeth whitened the right way the first time, you’ll need a little professional help.

Here’s why:

Save Your Enamel

Even one attempt at whitening can cause permanent damage to your tooth enamel if it’s not done properly. Some bleaching techniques involve harsh chemicals which are easy to accidentally overuse. Other methods use rough abrasives that wear away the enamel in addition to buffing away stain.

Should you choose to whiten your teeth at home, a dentist can give you guidelines for selecting a method and product that’s gentle on both tooth enamel and gum tissue.

Save on Time

Only in a professional dental setting can you get “instantly” white teeth. Dentists use potent bleaching agents in just the right amount so that you get the results you want in as little as one appointment.

It could take you weeks or even months of countless bleaching attempts at home to get your teeth just a couple shades lighter.

Save on Money

A professional teeth bleaching treatment may come with a moderate to sizeable price tag up front. But it’s a smarter investment in comparison with dropping thirty dollars here, twenty dollars there on various unsuccessful whitening attempts.

If you’re interested in getting a whiter smile, talk with your dentist. This way, you’ll find out whether your teeth are currently healthy enough for bleaching and learn which methods will get you the results you want.

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

Oct
22

Five Methods for Bleaching Your Teeth

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Interested in a brighter smile? Get started on your journey to a new-and-improved you with one of these methods.

Professional In-Office Whitening

Professional teeth whitening by your dentist is the fastest, safest, and most reliable bleaching method out there. You’ll get the results you want within just a couple hours and with very little risk for negative side-effects.

At-Home Bleaching Trays

Trays will get you professional-grade results over a longer period of time. You get control over how much you whiten and how fast.

Whitening Strips

These are a popular method for whitening at home and on the go. A simple strip wrapped around teeth makes for a mess-free and convenient whitening solution. Whitening strips won’t get you the dramatic results that bleaching trays from your dental office will, but they may work well for your teenager who’s just getting into cosmetic dental care.

Whitening Toothpaste

Contrary to advertising, few toothpastes can actually claim to bleach teeth. Rather, they contain elements that scrub away stain or strengthen enamel to make it more resistant to discoloration.

Whitening Mouthrinse

Using a rinse to whiten is actually one of the least effective ways to get a brighter smile. It works to an extent, but the amount of time your teeth are exposed to the bleaching agent isn’t enough to have any major impact.

A whitening rinse with hydrogen peroxide is a good way to keep up with the day-to-day stain that accumulates on your teeth.

Not all of the whitening techniques discussed above work the same. You may go through a few of the over-the-counter methods before moving on to something more effective. Talk with your dentist about which teeth bleaching product you should start out with.

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

Oct
21

Give the Gift of a Beautiful Smile!

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Still searching for that perfect gift? Why not give the gift of a beautiful smile?

Whether it’s for your son or daughter, significant other, or a close friend, funding their next dental makeover could be a very special gift.

Use a little discernment, of course, before suggesting they need work done! Some may take offense if you aren’t careful.

But if your loved one has complained about something in their smile they’d like to improve, you can help them reach their goal this holiday season.

Teeth Bleaching Coupons

Visit your local dental office and ask about vouchers for cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening. Such specials are often raffled off for special occasions. You may be able to purchase one for a family member and let them use it in time for that big party.

Catch up on Cleanings

Your kids may not view a professional dental cleaning and checkup as a fun gift! But they will thank you when they’re older for taking great care of their oral health when they were little. Make sure everyone in your family has had their second dental cleaning for the year before December ends.

Plan a Makeover

Has your teenage daughter been bugging you to get whiter teeth?

Is your husband finally ready to get braces?

Could your friend use a little financial support in getting that dental implant?

Take your friend or family member to their smile makeover consultation. After they discuss their treatment options with the dentist and make a decision, you can offer to pay towards the planned procedures.

Talk it over with your loved ones and see whether a beautiful smile is just the gift they need this season!

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

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

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