Dental Tips Blog

Feb
3

The Top 4 Over-the-Counter Teeth Bleaching Methods

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Are you in search of that perfectly white smile? You may want to get started by trying out a few products at home.

Here are the four methods that generally get the best results.

  1. Whitening Gel

Gel and tray bleaching kits tend to fall on the higher end of the pricing spectrum. These gels contain peroxide, which lifts stain from deep in the teeth. If you wear the trays as directed, you may see a change in the color of your teeth in just a week or two.

  1. Whitening Strips

Bleaching strips are a little more technique-dependent than the gel trays since you have to fold them just right against your teeth. They’re a little less powerful than the gel, but usually more convenient to wear.

  1. Whitening Rinse

A whitening rinse also contains a small amount of peroxide. It’s not a powerful concentration and you probably won’t be able to hold it in your mouth long enough every day to dramatically bleach your teeth. Still, regular use can help lift mild stains that pop up on a daily basis.

  1. Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening pastes don’t bleach teeth, but they are effective at preventing new stain from settling deep into the enamel. A whitening toothpaste contains an abrasive grit such as baking soda or charcoal which works by polishing the enamel free of pigments and plaque bacteria.

If you are disappointed with the results after trying an over-the-counter whitening product, then you may need to try professional teeth whitening offered by your dentist. Additionally, over-the-counter bleaching products can cause tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. If you have any difficulty with at-home teeth bleaching, then consult a cosmetic dentist for advice.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

Jan
27

Do Strawberries and Baking Soda Really Whiten Teeth?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

DIY teeth whitening tips abound on the Internet. One popular method is that of using a combination of household baking soda and crushed strawberries. The idea is that teeth are instantly whitened due to the malic acid content in strawberries.

The question is: does this work?

Can Strawberries Whiten Teeth?

The acid in strawberries combined with gritty baking soda do “work” …but only to a small extent.

This combination scrubs away surface plaque on teeth so your enamel looks a little brighter after one use. But this isn’t so different from what brushing with regular toothpaste does.

Strawberries and baking soda cannot actually bleach teeth, however. Neither of these ingredients contain carbamide or hydrogen peroxides, which are the only agents that can penetrate enamel pores and remove deep stain.

Dangers of Strawberry and Baking Soda Toothpaste

Strawberries are highly acidic but that’s not the key to bleaching teeth. In fact, acid is actually harmful to enamel. Acids dissolve enamel to the point that teeth literally soften and become prone to developing cavities.

Baking soda is a common abrasive agent used for whitening and it’s found in many whitening toothpastes. Using too much too often, however, can irritate your gums and abrade enamel.

How to Whiten Safely

Enjoy strawberries in your salads and smoothies; they’re a great source of vitamin C, after all. Just don’t soak your teeth in them for extended periods of time.

Stick to dentist-recommended plaque removal techniques to prevent stain accumulation such as brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Drink lots of water for a brighter smile and talk with your dentist about safe and effective teeth whitening methods that are right for you.

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

Jan
26

Can a General Dentist Place an Implant?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Many general dentists now offer dental implant placement procedures.

Rest assured that dentists are licensed to place dental implants. Still, you may wonder how the work compares to that done by a specialist.

Why You May Want to See an Implant Specialist

Keep in mind that not all dentists place implants. Some dentists aren’t interested in the surgical aspect of dentistry, so don’t be surprised if your regular dentist doesn’t offer this service. You may have to look elsewhere.

Implant specialists such as oral surgeons and periodontists have a few extra years of training in placing implants while some general dentists take a brief course to learn how.

Specialists often have more experience and know what to do if something goes wrong. They also know how to place an implant in tricky conditions such as when there’s only a little jawbone to work with.

If you want to be positive of getting a quality implant the first time around, you may be better off seeing someone like a periodontist.

Finding a Qualified Implant Dentist

What do you do if there aren’t any implant specialists near you? Or what if you’d rather stick with a familiar dentist you already know?

It’s perfectly fine if you choose to have a general dentist place your implant. The most important thing is that he or she has adequate training and experience. To find out how much experience, you can do research online about a particular professional or ask friends and family about an implant dentist they’ve had good experience with.

Another option is to directly ask your own dentist a few questions about his or her dental implant placement experience. Who you choose for your treatment is up to you!

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Jan
26

6 Causes of Yellow Teeth

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Like most people, you don’t like the sight of yellow teeth and want to keep your smile as bright as possible.

To avoid a dark and discolored tooth enamel, it helps if you understand what causes yellow teeth.

Aging

As you get older, your enamel wears down and exposes the darker dentin layer underneath.

Tobacco Use

Tobacco products are notorious for staining teeth, especially cigarettes due to the smoke.

Natural Tooth Color

Some people naturally have yellower teeth than others. Tooth color is determined by the thickness of both enamel and of the yellow dentin below it. If you have a lot of dentin and thin enamel, your teeth will look darker than others’.

Coffee or Tea

Regularly drinking dark beverages including red wine and cola will dull your teeth.

Poor Oral Hygiene

Plaque left on teeth will gradually seep into the enamel and discolor teeth. If you aren’t brushing and flossing regularly, plaque can make your smile fade.

Gum Recession

As gums recede, they expose the tooth root which is naturally yellower than the top of the tooth (crown.) Gum recession exposes these dark areas and makes your smile look dull. Recession may be genetic or caused by smoking, gum disease, or aggressive tooth brushing.

Bleaching Solutions for Yellow Teeth

In some cases, a thorough dental cleaning and polishing are enough to brighten teeth. Other times, they may require professional teeth whitening to reach a lighter shade. There may even be some teeth that won’t bleach, at all. These often look better when covered with a crown or dental veneer.

To find out how you can lighten or avoid yellowing teeth, talk with your family or cosmetic dentist.

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

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

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