Dental Tips Blog

Aug
20

Is Your Mouthwash Staining Your Teeth?

Are you a fanatic when it comes to keeping your smile bright? You won’t like hearing that something supposed to clean your mouth could also stain it.

Which Rinses Cause Staining?

There are a few very common ingredients in dental products which can contribute to unwanted staining. These include:

  • Cetylpyridinium chloride
  • Stannous fluoride
  • Essential oils

These ingredients tend to react with pigments from your food and leave marks on teeth. It may be subtle, at first, but over time your teeth could take on a yellowish tinge or develop brown marks.

Some antiseptics, natural, and even whitening rinses may be rather acidic. When your teeth are regularly exposed to acidic mouthwash, the enamel can start to erode a bit and roughen. This makes it more likely to pick up staining pigments from other sources.

The Good News

Surface staining caused by mouthwash isn’t harmful nor permanent. You should see the unpleasant staining disappear after a routine dental cleaning. The tools your dental hygienist uses will remove the stains your toothbrush doesn’t.

In the meantime, try to avoid eating or drinking within a half hour of using a rinse. Better yet, use your rinse at bedtime after brushing and before going to sleep. As long as your oral health can afford the cut-back on using mouthwash, then limiting how often your rinse will help you avoid stain.

If your dentist recommends that you use a staining mouthwash, there’s a good reason to do so. Follow the usage directions and just rest assured that your dentist will help you get rid of the stains later on.

Ask your dentist for more tips on maintaining the whitest and healthiest smile possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

Aug
18

Posted in Teeth Whitening

For many of us, coffee is an important part of our daily lives. We may even have a hard time functioning without it! And come those toasty summer days, we’re going to be reaching for an icy caffeinated drink as often as possible.

But could your coffee fix also lend itself to dental health problems?

Take a look at the following ways that coffee can affect your smile.

  1. Staining

Coffee contains dark pigments that are easily absorbed by your teeth and even some dental restorations. When your coffee is lightened with cream or some kind of milk, it can still leave a mark. Frequently exposing your teeth to coffee will cause them to quickly yellow.

  1. Bad Breath

The strong chemical compounds in coffee that give it its wondrous aroma also give your breath a unique aroma, too!

  1. Acid Erosion

Coffee is a very acidic beverage. Over time, it can contribute to the wear of your tooth enamel. When the enamel is slowly weakened by acids, it becomes more vulnerable to developing cavities. Acid erosion also makes it easier for your teeth to absorb stain.

  1. Increases Cavity Risk

It’s not so much your coffee itself that causes cavities – it’s what you put in your coffee!

Carbohydrates found in sugar and other sweeteners have an acidic influence on teeth. They also provide fuel for cavity-causing bacteria. Having a sweet coffee drink swishing past your teeth several times a day could be putting your smile at risk for decay.

Your local dental office will help you work around your love for coffee to save your smile. Schedule a visit with your dentist to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

Jul
31

Is There a Difference Between Plaque and Tartar?

You’ve heard the ads. Just about any product promoted for cleaning your teeth claims to fight plaque and tartar. But just what are these icky and unwelcome substances? Why should you be trying to fight them off?

The Daily Battle with Plaque

Plaque is a clear or white film made of:

  • Bacteria
  • Food debris
  • Natural fluids from your mouth

There’s no way that you can avoid plaque 100% of the time. It’s a natural biofilm, but it is also potentially very dangerous.

Plaque trapped between teeth can trigger cavities because of the acids produced by some bacteria. Plaque left along the gum line for more than a day can irritate your gums. This results in the inflammation known as gingivitis. If left unchecked, gingivitis can advance to a more serious form of gum disease, periodontitis.

When germs collect on a tooth surface and begin multiplying, they develop a protective film. This is the start of dental plaque, and this process can begin on a clean tooth surface within hours!

Why Tartar Is Not Good for Teeth Either

Undisturbed plaque deposits mix with minerals in your saliva and turn into – yes, you guessed it! Tartar.

Better known as “tartar,” calculus is the substance that results when plaque is not removed regularly. It can form at a more rapid rate in some individuals than others. Calculus provides the ideal surface for disease-causing bacteria to hide out on. Unless it is removed, it can easily encourage gum inflammation.

A Clean Smile is a Healthy Smile

Adult mouths, young mouths, and even mouths with few natural teeth can all develop dental plaque. A good routine of oral hygiene is important for keeping plaque and tartar deposits at bay. Visit your local dentist for professional dental cleanings at least every 6 months.

Posted on behalf of:
Meadowbrook Family Dental
8848 Calvine Rd #120
Elk Grove, CA 95828
(916) 912-4126

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