Dental Tips Blog

Sep
10

Improving the Appearance of Discolored Teeth

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Tooth discoloration is something that can affect your entire smile or just one or two teeth in your mouth. Because discoloration of the tooth enamel is different than superficial staining, it has to be corrected using different types of treatments other than just some type of over the counter whitening kit. The discoloration may be a scar in the tooth enamel, or an indication that a cavity is beginning to be form.

Always have your dentist check the discoloration

The cause of the discoloration will determine what type of treatment is needed. For instance, if one individual tooth is turning darker than the others, it is likely that the nerve is dying and the tooth is in need of endodontic treatment. Or, if you have a white lesion around an area where you wore braces, the enamel is weaker and may be trying to develop into decay. Your dentist can help you identify the lesion and what treatment will work best to improve the health of the tooth.

Correcting the discoloration may be simpler than you think

Your dentist can help correct the appearance of the discoloration so that you don’t have to be self conscious about your smile’s appearance. Many treatments are quick, minimally invasive, and can give you the results that you want. For instance, small areas may simply require a small composite bonding treatment, or the use of take home teeth whitening trays. You don’t have to live with discolored teeth, so never be afraid to ask what options are available.

If your smile looks good, you’ll smile more often

People that are self conscious about their smiles are less apt to smile around other people. Your smile is one of the first impressions that you make on others. Studies show that the more you smile, the more likely you are to be seen as a friendly, enjoyable person.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.

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Nov
3

Choosing a Toothpaste

It can be a bit overwhelming when you’re trying to select a toothpaste on the oral care isle in the supermarket. Just between brands alone there are options in for different ages of people, flavors, ingredients and extras such as whitening or tartar control. How do you decide which toothpaste is best for you to buy?

Let’s address toothpaste for children first, because that is a much shorter answer. Until children are physically coordinated to rinse and spit any toothpaste out of their mouth, they should stick to fluoride-free training toothpaste. This prevents any internal fluoride absorption that could cause fluorosis of the developing teeth.

If  your teeth are sensitive due to teeth whitening or if you have problems with your teeth in regard to staining or heavy tartar buildup, then choose a brand option that offers a paste for one of these needs. Most sensitivity toothpastes reach their full effectiveness within 2 weeks, but must be continually used to benefit. On the other hand, whitening toothpastes can repel heavy stain from coffee or tea, but they can also be increasing the sensitivity of your teeth. Tartar control toothpaste is useful for patients who, even with dedicated oral hygiene, are more prone to developing large amounts of tartar buildup  (usually noticeable behind the lower front teeth.)

When it comes down to it, toothpaste is useful in helping the mouth feel fresher and delivering small amounts of fluoride to the tooth surface to prevent decay. When it comes to cleansing action, the real work is up to you and your toothbrush. In general, you can’t go wrong with an ADA approved, fluoridated toothpaste. The rest is just up to your own personal preference.

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