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The Dangers of Teeth Whiteners

by admin on September 14, 2015

In recent years, the cosmetic practice of whitening teeth has grown by leaps and bounds. While professional teeth whitening procedures done at the dentist office has been around for some time, now affordable over-the-counter versions have cropped up everywhere. The demand for these products is great enough that not only do local pharmacies carry them, but the big box stores do as well. Is this ease in availability of teeth whitening products a good thing or are there dangers consumers should be aware of?
In general, teeth whitening procedures are not known for damaging teeth or gums or for causing any problems. This is because the dangers that come from such are not resulting from the professional procedures done by a dentist, but are the results of consumers’ overuse or improper use of over-the-counter teeth whiteners. The drugstore teeth whitening kits that are so readily available are not dangerous, per se. They have, in fact, been deemed safe to use up to twice per year. It is when consumers disregard the frequency of such applications that damages can result.
Improper use of amateur teeth whitening agents can lead to various damages do the teeth and mouth. Damages such as gum irritation, teeth enamel that has a bluish tint to it and tooth sensitivity can easily occur when the over-the-counter products are used too much and too often. If the tooth whitening chemicals get down into the tiny cracks and crevices of teeth, into undiscovered cavities, there can be serious pain and long term internal damage. Getting the teeth whiter and whiter has become a body image obsession for some people. This leads to the improper abuse of the whitening agents and therefore leads to harmful effects.
Significant damage can result when teeth whiteners are over used. Some of these results are things such as extreme temperature sensitivity to both hot and cold substances and even tooth loss if the damage is great enough. If the whitening agent spills from the provided tray, it can seriously burn the mouth and highly irritate the stomach. The best way to prevent problems like this, as well as protect the teeth from permanent damage, is to see your dentist and have the procedures done professionally. The dentist can ensure safety and control frequency, therefore preventing accidents and long-term tooth damage. Teeth whitening can be a great cosmetic benefit when properly used, for your smile is a worthy investment.

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Keeping teeth white has become a key component in many people’s cosmetic routine. The key for white teeth is in the preventative methods, for once teeth have become discolored it is not as easy to fix as it is to prevent in the first place. Keeping teeth healthy is the key for keeping them white. A regular routine that includes brushing, flossing and preventative dental care is the best way to take care of your teeth and keep them white.

When it comes to brushing your teeth, most dentists advise regular brushing of 2 to 3 times per day to brush away food particles and drink residues that can cause discoloration and plaque buildup. Two or three times a day is enough brushing to keep white teeth, but something to remember is timing. If you brush your teeth after each meal or after drinking coffee or cola, you will get the temporary discoloration off faster and prevent any permanent discoloration from setting in. Frequent brushing is a good habit to have and is paramount to good dental health.

Teeth whitening agents, even those that are just toothpaste, should not be used nearly as often as regular, typical tooth brushing with plain toothpaste. The chemicals involved in whitening agents can wear over time and cause damage to the teeth and mouth. Damage such as thinning enamel, bluish colored teeth or temperature sensitivity cannot be reversed. While over-the-counter kits specifically for tooth whitening are obviously more potent than simply tooth whitening toothpastes, it is a good idea to limit brushing with such to once a day. Use a non-chemical toothpaste for regular cleanings the rest of the time.

There are many natural remedies and preventions for keeping teeth white, of which brushing 2 to 3 times a day is a part of. Brushing with plain baking soda and water is an age-old remedy that many people insist is effective against tooth discoloration, even from frequent coffee drinking or tobacco usage. As with most things, the most effective treatment is a preventative treatment when it comes to teeth whitening. You can go so far as to avoid things such as red wine, coffee, tobacco and even some foods such as those with curry or saffron in order to keep teeth white. Extreme measures are often not necessary with proper preventative measures such as frequent brushing, flossing often and routine dental care.

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When it comes to getting a dazzling smile, teeth whitening products may be the only way for many people to go. You can find a wide range of products designed to help you brighten your smile. A few of these products you can make yourself for impressive results at home. Even changes in your diet can impact just how white your teeth appear. They include eliminating foods that are widely known to stain teeth like coffee, red wine, and blueberries. Avoiding cigarettes is another great change to make for whiter teeth. In general though there are three basic options, outside of dietary and lifestyle changes, when it comes to getting that whiter, brighter smile.

First, there is a wide assortment of over the counter products that are available to help you improve your smile. Teeth whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes, and even tooth bleaching kits come immediately to mind. They can be found in almost any pharmacy, drug store, or supermarket in the country and are generally available for a reasonable rate. They do provide notable results and many people feel that these results are perfectly suited for their tooth whitening needs. This is the most budget friendly and the least powerful option for whitening your smile. Expect results but expect them to take a few days before they are easily noticeable.

Second, for those who want a little more whitening and brightening power than the average over the counter kit delivers there are still quite a few options available to help you get that winning smile. Teeth whitening kits are available from dentists office that provide a lot more power than the general over the counter kits you’ll find at the local supermarket. These kits are more expensive, more powerful, and not meant to be used as often as the smaller kits. They are still a good bit cheaper than the final option available to you.

Finally, you can turn to your dentist for the best possible bang for your buck and the whitest smile. Teeth whitening services by a professional delivers astonishing brightening results you can see immediately. This is the easiest way to get an even, streak free, whitening experience. More importantly, many dentists offer specialized services for whitening that are tailored to your unique whitening needs. It is also the most expensive. It is best to reserve this for special occasions when only the whitest smile will do.

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What is the Best Way to Whiten Teeth?

by admin on September 1, 2015

There are all kinds of products on the market promising to be the best way to whiten teeth. How do you know which ones to believe and which ones are just blowing smoke? The real answer is that most, if not all of them work to some degree. The real question is whether or not the price is right for the speed and notability of the results. While they may all work to some degree, they are definitely not all created equally. Your mission is to find the one product that works for your mouth, your budget, and the lifestyle you want to lead.

In the past, it was safe to assume that the price was a direct correlation to the value of the product. Even that can’t be used as a litmus test anymore. So how do you know you’re really getting the best way to whiten teeth when you buy into a product or a system? You can’t possibly know that. What you need to focus on is finding a system that gives you results you like when you look in the mirror. That’s the best anyone in this situation can do.

Are tooth whitening trays the best way to whiten teeth? There are many who swear by these systems as the best way by far to get that whiter brighter smile but they don’t work for everyone. If you can’t stand the taste of it, how likely is it to whiten your teeth? Hint: it’s almost impossible if you can’t keep it in your mouth. Other people complain that it makes a mess everywhere. If it’s too complicated to clean up the mess then no one really wants to use. However, if you’re one who believes in the product and gets results every time then it is the best as far as you’re concerned. See the difference?

Why isn’t the dentist applied product the best way to whiten teeth? There are some who will argue that it is. For most people, the price and inconvenience of this particular product are deterrent enough. In order to be the best, it needs to be something you can afford and something you have time to make use of. If you have the kind of money and time it takes for regular dentist visits, it doesn’t get any better. For the rest of the world other options will prove to be the best choice.

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Teeth Whitening Fast Facts

by admin on August 30, 2015

Why do some people’s teeth look whiter than others?

There are three general types of teeth discoloration. The dentin in your teeth naturally yellows over time, while the enamel becomes thinner with age. Some people’s lifestyles cause yellow teeth, such as drinking coffee and tobacco use. But teeth color varies based on diet, oral hygiene.

Are Teeth Whiteners Safe?

Certainly. There are some caveats though. Pregnant or nursing women should not use teeth whitening products, as the effect on small children is unknown. Also, you could get chemical burns if the bleach is too concentrated within a solution. The result is to be aware of how concentrated the active ingredient in your teeth whitener is. If you have any questions about this, ask your dentist or other oral care provider.

But what about sensitive teeth?

For sensitive teeth, I usually recommend that you brush with desensitizing toothpaste twice daily for three weeks before you begin treatment. This should reduce any sensitivity that your teeth have to the whitening procedure. It is important to note that when you have sensitive teeth, teeth whitening could be problematic. I have heard stories from my dentist about laser teeth whitening; how people have needed sedatives to keep from jumping out of the chair when the instrument is in their mouths.

How Quickly can I get my desired shade?

Patience, Grasshopper. With some products, you can see a change almost instantly, but the desired shade is probably going to take upwards from a week. In office treatments will occasionally rebound, which means that within a few days you will return to a less white smile. So, the best way to go is slow and steady.

What about my Dental Restoration hardware, i.e. bridges, crowns, veneers?

If you have dental restoration hardware on your teeth, these will NOT be whitened by a teeth whitener. They only work on the enamel and the dentin; this means that you may have to get new bridges, crowns and veneers put in to match the whiteness of your teeth.

As always, if you have other questions, your dentist will be able to help you. He or she is perhaps the best resource when it comes to information about your teeth.

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There are a few things you should know about teeth whitening treatments before you dive head first into putting product on your teeth.
Technically, if they are used correctly, teeth whiteners won’t do very much damage to your teeth. Most of the time, the risks of these treatments are basically minor and benign. Since the effect on fetuses and pregnant women are as of yet unknown, it is still crucial that pregnant or lactating women do not use products. If you have questions, ask a dentist or other oral care professional. They will know about the different types of teeth whitening treatments, and will be able to inform you that certain products are not for you, based on variables such as how sensitive your teeth are, or if you have gum disease, etc.

Teeth whiteners are not a 100% effective and long lasting treatment. You may need to whiten for several days in a row to achieve your desired shade. Keep away from tobacco products and colored beverages such as red wine, coffee, and teas.

There are generally three different types of risks found with teeth bleaching, but usually this can be avoided by simply taking care not to use a product that is too strong, or leave it in for too long.

Whitening products have not been reported to harm the enamel, and it is safe for dental restoration hardware such as bridges, crowns, and fillings. However, take note that dental restorations are not going to be whitened. This could lead to some unevenness in the shade of your teeth.

Whiteners are also harmless to the nerves that lie deep inside the pulp of the teeth. One study showed that after 4 and a half to 7 years of followup after teeth whitening, no one that was using a whitening product needed to have a root canal to repair any damage to the nerves of their teeth.

In short, teeth whitening products are very safe and effective, just make sure that they are used properly and that any warnings are heeded.

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White Teeth are Healthy Teeth!

by admin on August 25, 2015

The first step to whitening your teeth is maintain great oral health!

Imagine if you just did a strip or gel treatment without brushing and flossing regularly. It would look pretty ridiculous to have white teeth, but rotting gums. Therefore, you need to maintain a healthy smile to make a great first impression or to go out on that first date, you need to take care of the smile that you naturally have.

1. Soft bristle tooth brushes are our friend. You may think that a hard bristle brush may reduce the amount of plaque buildup by being so abrasive, but the gums are too tender to withstand something so abrasive on a daily basis.
2. Replace your tooth brush every 2-3 months.
3. Adopt a pattern of brushing where you brush up, down, side to side, inside, outside and your tongue. Develop this habit and use the same pattern every time you brush your teeth.
4. Brushing your tongue will also keep unnecessary bacteria from breeding and causing bad breath.
5. Brush at the very least twice a day. In the morning, you should brush before you eat, eliminating the morning breath and cleaning your teeth to start the day. At night, brush your teeth before you go to bed, which will prevent your teeth from building up germs and bacteria overnight.
6. Flossing is what trips up many people. But it gets the “gunk” out from between your teeth, it’s great to preserve healthy gums and whitens your smile between your teeth, where strip treatments often miss.
7. Don’t brush vigorously, as this may cause damage to your gums. Brush for 1-3 minutes, but no longer as this could cause damage.
8. Schedule and attend two or three appointments with your friendly local dentist, who will be able to clean your teeth and check for any damage to your teeth, and diseases that may be lurking in your mouth and will be able to further advise about teeth whiteners and better oral hygiene.
9. Avoid smoking and drinking. Your teeth and body will thank you for it!
10. Also, check out some great teeth whitening treatments as an added bonus to keep your teeth white and healthy.

If you have questions about your oral health, ask a dentist, who will be able to tell you about the best ways to keep your mouth healthy.

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Teeth Whitening 101

by admin on August 24, 2015

Did you know that Teeth Whitening has been practiced for a good 4000 years?
It’s true! The Ancient Egyptians practiced teeth whitening by mixing ground pumice and white wine vinegar for a nasty tasting teeth whitener. The user would apply the mixture by chewing on a stick dipped into this mixture. Pumice, which is still used today as an abrasive substance, is a white igneous rock, meaning that it was formed by volcanic means.

The ancient Romans practiced a particularly disgusting teeth whitening procedure, in which human urine was used to whiten teeth. Incidentally, ammonia, which is found in urine from many species, is a chemical known to clean tooth enamel.

In the 1800s, barbers were the ones who whitened your teeth for you
Is there anything these guys can’t do? Originally, the white and red poles in front of barber shops meant that they would also whiten your teeth for you. In a particularly terrifying procedure, the barber would put a metal apparatus in your mouth and would wash out your mouth with an incredibly strong acid. Nitric acid, which is used in explosives, fertilizers, and dissolving certain metals, was used in this procedure, which is today a relatively benign and harmless procedure. Yes, the nitric acid would give your teeth a white gleam, over time, this practice would rot your teeth away.

In this century, we’ve come up with some very effective, yet still less disgusting or terrifying than the previous teeth whitening treatments
At first, you really could only go to the dentist for a thorough cleaning, and perhaps even get a whitening treatment which would last a good hour. However, at-home and on-the-go whitening treatments have become a popular solution when convenience and cost effectiveness come into consideration.

For example, if you need the convenience of an on-the-go whitener, check out some teeth whitening pens, such as the Extreme Whitener. If you need a drastic change in your smile, try out a teeth whitening gel. There are a host of different teeth whiteners out there, that don’t involve deadly acids or human urine! If you have any questions about the safety of a teeth whitener, or any in-depth questions about which is the best for you, then ask your dentist or healthcare provider.

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Reasons to Whiten Your Teeth

by admin on August 20, 2015

A few weeks ago, I was at the local all-night diner, drinking coffee at 4 AM because I couldn’t sleep. More likely than not it was indigestion from the hot dogs I ate at the ball game earlier that night, but for whatever reason, I decided to get up and go to the diner. Folks were coming in from the bar down the street by droves to try to sober up before they took their cars home. I noticed one young lady, who came over and sat down across the booth from me to find out what I was writing. I smiled at her and told her that I was working on another blog article for this site. We talked for a while about ourselves and so forth, and around 5:30, I noticed something. She never smiled to show her teeth. Sure, me being the funny man I am, I told a few jokes from my comedy routine, but she always laughed without showing her teeth. I had a feeling I knew what the problem was, so I told my best joke in my arsenal and she started laughing riotously. I saw them. Yellowed. Stained. Teeth. Well, I’m not a shallow person, but very yellow teeth is a real “turn off” for me. I told her a little bit more about; making sure not to sound too unsubtle, because I didn’t want to offend her or anything.

Well, people have stained teeth for different reasons. Maybe their enamel is thinning, maybe they drink too much coffee or red wine. For whatever reason, no one ought to be ashamed of their smile, because everyone has the ability to light up a room with it!

There are plenty of reasons why you may want to whiten your teeth.

  • Confidence and self esteem can come from having a face with a great smile look back at you when you wake up and look in the mirror every morning.
  • A more youthful appearance can be conveyed from whitening your teeth.
  • A special event, a job interview, or that dreaded class reunion may make you want to whiten your teeth.
  • To make a great first impression!
  • Or you may just have yellowed teeth due to aging.

For whatever reason, a whitened set of teeth can certainly help you put your best foot forward.

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Teeth Discoloration Types

by admin on August 9, 2015

Picture this. You wake up one Saturday, and, after a cup of coffee, you look in the mirror to see a bit of discoloration in your teeth. You don’t understand why, because you’ve been brushing twice a day for your entire life and you have been seeing the dentist regularly. Well, sometimes, it’s just not enough to keep your teeth healthy; you may need to take a look at the underlying problem which causes your teeth to be not-so-white. There are three different types of teeth discoloration.

  1. Extrinsic discoloration occurs when the enamel, or the outermost layer of the teeth is stained by foods or by other substances. Red wine, coffee, tea, cola are types of drinks that stain teeth, and apples and potatoes have been known to leave stains behind if the teeth are not cleaned properly afterwards. Smoking will also cause extrinsic stains on teeth.
  2. Intrinsic stains occur when the inner layer of teeth called the Dentin discolors. There’s a variety of reasons why this is.
  • There may have been too much floride in the water when one is a child.
  • During pregnancy, if a mother takes certain antibiotics during the second half of the pregnancy, intrinsic tooth discoloration can occur, or if one uses them later in life.
  • During childhood, if one experiences trauma such as a bad fall, then this could damage the dentin, causing intrinsic tooth discoloration.

3. Age-related discoloration.

With age, your teeth will naturally discolor, as your dentin gets yellower over time and the enamel gets thinner. Also, as life goes on, many people end up getting chips and damage to their teeth.

It is important to note that teeth whiteners really only work on extrinsic stains on teeth. Teeth will discolor over time, teeth get damaged and intrinsic stains can occur. However, generally only stains on the enamel can be whitened. There are some manufacturers that claim that whiteners can whiten deep down in the dentin. This may or may not be the case, but if they can do it, more power to them!

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