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Keeping your Teeth White

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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White Teeth are Healthy Teeth!

by admin on August 25, 2010

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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Keeping Your Teeth White

by admin on August 3, 2010

There are plenty of ways to keep your teeth white, naturally, safely, and effectively. A touch-up is usually required within 6 months or so. So, 1-2 applications of your teeth whitener after 6 months will keep them white.

  1. Tea, red wine, coffee, and tobacco can stain teeth. Try to avoid these. I’ve drank coffee regularly since I was 11 years old, and it is indeed the best stuff in the world. However, giving it up every so often to make my teeth whiter with a strips system is worth the while.
  2. Brush your teeth after every meal, or at least twice a day. If you’re eating something that stains teeth easily, brush after those meals too.
  3. Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables such as carrots, apples, and broccoli. These are naturally abrasive and remove stains from teeth while keeping the enamel free from harm.
  4. Strawberries have natural enzymes that, when pureed make an excellent teeth cleaner.
  5. You can brush your teeth with hydrogen peroxide, or lemon juice and salt, or with baking soda. These may not taste good, and you best wash your mouth out very well afterwards, but the results are worth the awful tastes.

Keep Teeth White

Another way is continued usage of a teeth whitener every six months. We suggest that you do this more often if you are a coffee drinker, tobacco user, or have a difficult time remembering when to brush your teeth. For a lot of consumers, one of the easiest things to do is carry a teeth whitening pen with you. Just remember that teeth whitening products do not whiten your teeth permanently. The stainers that you expose your teeth to after applying a whitener will cause your teeth to stain again. If you totally avoid these stainers you can wait up to a year before applying a whitener, otherwise you will need to touch up your teeth on a weekly basis and utilize an entire whitening system every month or other month.

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