Dental Tips Blog

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

Aug
2

Teeth Bleaching with Braces – Is it Possible?

Posted in Braces

Imagine putting a fresh coat of paint on your living room wall without first removing the pictures you’ve hung there…That’s what it can be like to whiten with braces!

Brackets cover up portions of the enamel and prevent them from lightening. When the braces come off, those covered spots can show up as dark ones. These areas can be spot-treated with bleach later, but you might still end up with uneven results.

The Painful Downside of Teeth Whitening with Braces

All teeth bleaching chemicals carry the risk of irritating gums and sensitive teeth. Your teeth tend to be more sensitive than usual when you wear braces. Whitening during orthodontic treatment may only add to possible discomfort.

For example, plaque buildup around braces can trigger gingivitis. Braces may occasionally cause a little gum recession, exposing sensitive tooth roots. A bleaching chemical may sting those tender areas.

Should You Whiten with Braces?

Bleaching your teeth while wearing braces is possible, especially if your dentist makes you a custom tray. But it’s not guaranteed to get you the results you want.

The surest way to a whiter smile is to maintain good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. Plaque and food stain is the main cause of discoloration, so daily brushing and flossing will help. A whitening toothpaste also works well since it buffs away surface stains. Bleach after the braces come off to save money and get even results.

Consult a dental professional before you attempt to whiten your teeth. This way, you can make sure you bleach safely and effectively. If you don’t want to wait for the ortho to come off, ask your dentist or orthodontist for smile-brightening suggestions.

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

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

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
26

5 Reasons Your Teeth Are Turning Gray

Everyone wants a dazzlingly white smile. Sometimes, coffee or cigarette smoking is to blame for dark stains on teeth. But those are usually easy to treat with professional bleaching.

Gray teeth, on the other hand, are virtually impossible to bleach. This is because the stain usually comes from inside the tooth, as opposed to being caused by outside forces.

  1. Tetracycline Staining

Taking a certain class of antibiotic during tooth formation is known to cause staining. It can even happen to an unborn baby if the mom takes the medication during pregnancy. When the child’s teeth come in, they can show up gray.

  1. Trauma

A hard knock to a tooth can cause the inner tissues to die. As they decompose, the tooth is left an eerie gray color.

  1. Fluorosis

Extreme cases of heavy fluoride exposure during tooth development can cause relatively harmless but unsightly dark staining in permanent teeth.

  1. Metal Filling Staining

Do you have any old silver amalgam fillings? These can leach out into tooth enamel over time, discoloring it.

  1. Nerve Damage

Whether due to trauma or decay, the nerve inside a tooth can become injured and infected. When this happens, it’s time for a root canal to remove the nerve and save your tooth.

If you have a dark tooth that bothers you, it’s definitely time to see a dentist. Especially if the cause is a damaged nerve that can trigger an infection. Contact your family dental office to plan a visit. Your dentist will be happy to help you discover options for treating gray teeth such as teeth bleaching, dental crowns or dental veneers.

Posted on behalf of:
Memorial Park Dental Spa
6010 Washington Ave Suite D
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 336-8478

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

Nov
30

Three Common Tooth Staining Foods

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Tooth color can be affected by a variety of influences…heck, some people are just born with gorgeous white teeth. Here are three foods and beverages that while delicious tasting, may also contribute to less-than-stellar-looking teeth. 

Coffee

We love our Starbucks, but most of us don’t love yellow teeth. Tip: Don’t bathe your poor teeth in coffee all day. Try to choose one time of day when the bulk of your coffee is consumed (probably mornings) and brush your teeth right after. This will hopefully slow the yellowing process.

Tea

Tea is another big offender, and it’s not just the hot tea that you sip with Grandma. It’s that healthy green tea that you got at the health food store. It’s that famous sweet tea you always order at your favorite restaurant. It causes some of the worst brown stain between your teeth and behind them (& makes every hygienist earn her paycheck to get it to come off.)

Colorful berries

So much research has come out about the antioxidant benefits found in certain fruits that it’s no wonder that blueberries and raspberries have become so popular. While healthy for your insides, we can’t say the same about the outside of your teeth. Blue eyes are beautiful. Blue teeth? Not so much.

Can whitening remove these stains?

Absolutely! One short 10-minute appointment for custom bleaching tray impressions is all it takes. If your teeth have not been professionally cleaned in awhile, we highly recommend you do that first (or even at the same appointment). Once the dentist has given you a clean bill of health (no cavities) you’ll be free to start using your teeth whitening trays and making those pearly whites…white!

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

Oct
16

How to Get a Perfectly White Smile

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Don’t you just envy those perfectly-white teeth that little kids have?

Tragically, we’ll never get such naturally white teeth again once the baby ones are lost. But you can get pretty close, thanks to a variety of cosmetic therapies offered in dentistry today.

Start At Home

You can try your best to lighten your tooth color at home. Over-the-counter whitening rinses and strips have helped lots of people achieve a hue they’re happy with. A whitening toothpaste with an abrasive like baking soda may also help scrub away some stain.

But for more powerful results, you’ll have to go pro.

Professional Teeth Bleaching

The next step up is in-office teeth whitening by your local dentist. This is definitely the safest and fastest way to get the whitest smile of your life. One or two visits could take years off your smile and give you a fresh start.

Professional whitening gel contains a very high concentration of bleaching chemicals. That’s why it’s only available for use in a supervised setting.

As potent as such procedures may be, there are still some cases of deep and stubborn stain that refuse to leave. What then?

The Cover Up Tactic

For the most thoroughly white smile every, you may have to opt for dental veneers. These are usually made of porcelain and completely mask dark colors on front teeth.

In fact, you may enjoy the combined effect of whitening and veneers. The veneers will give the teeth in your smile zone a permanent brilliance while the bleaching will help maintain a light color for your back teeth. Ask your dentist which whitening method will suit your smile best.

Posted on behalf of:
Ora Dentistry
2733 Elk Grove Blvd #180
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 975-1000

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