The Best Methods for Whitening Teeth

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One of the first things that people are judged on is their smile. How easily does a person smile, what makes them smile, and often, how white is their smile? White teeth are a symbol of health and beauty. The problem is that maintaining white teeth is not always as simple as it may seem.

The Reasons to Whiten Teeth

Teeth can be discolored by many things. Age, the environment, disease, smoking, the food that is eaten and other reasons can all cause a person to lose their pearly white smile. Once a person has lost that bright smile, they may start to look for ways to get it back. These are some of the ways and how effective they can be for whitening teeth.

  • Brushing the teeth with regular toothpaste – This is a basic part of good dental health, but it also pays a role in how white the teeth are. Brushing after eating is one of the ways to prevent any food from staining the teeth. Flossing can also remove any particles that could discolor the teeth. Most importantly, brushing on a regular basis is a way to prevent any type of diseases that can impact the color of the teeth.
  • Brushing with Whitening toothpaste – There are some toothpastes that advertise themselves as whitening formula. The whitening toothpaste can help with any stains on the surface of the teeth in much the same way that regular toothpaste does. It may be a little bit better at removing the stains on the surface, but it cannot help with any discoloration below the surface of the tooth. Some whitening toothpastes contain a chemical which will give the illusion that the teeth are not as yellow.
  • Home Teeth whitening kits – The home kits can come in the form of a gel or more often strips. The gel is applied to an apparatus that fits over the teeth. The strips are applied directly to the teeth. They generally have a peroxide based chemical that can change the shade of the teeth slightly. They will have to be reapplied on a regular basis to keep the teeth as white as possible.
  • Professional Teeth Whitening – Going to a professional for teeth whitening will get the best and longest lasting results. Dentists use a light activated whitening process that can produce results that are 3 to 8 times better than home whitening strips. It last longer, up to a few months, and gets better results and may be the best way to whiten teeth.

Should You Whiten Your Teeth?

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Looking for a brighter, whiter smile? Before whitening your teeth, discuss the process with your dentist. There are certain risks associated with at-home teeth whitening that should be addressed prior to whitening to avoid any permanent damage to the teeth or gums. Such risks include damage to the roots of the teeth and tooth sensitivity. If your dentist suspects that you will incur sensitivity issues while or after whitening, then he may be able to recommend specific procedures or products that will lessen the discomfort associated with tooth sensitivity. Not only that, but your dentist can check for signs of root damage prior to whitening and recommend the best route to take to avoid further root damage if it exists prior to whitening.

Should I Bleach My Teeth or Not?

Teeth whitening is a popular demand among dental patients. After all, who does not want a pristine sparkling smile? Over time, diet and lifestyle choices can take a toll on the color of the teeth, resulting in stains to the surface. Regular cleanings at your routine dental checkups will often remove the majority of external stains; however, in some cases, stains may remain. Hence, you might get the itch to whiten your teeth.

In general, discolored or yellow teeth will respond well to teeth whitening attempts. However, teeth that are stained more of a brownish hue may not respond so well to whitening; and teeth that are stained grey as a result of taking tetracycline, that are caused by smoking or fluorosis (too much fluoride), will most likely not dramatically change in color regardless of tooth whitening attempts. Additionally, if you have tooth-colored fillings or have had tooth bonding, then tooth whitening may not produce dramatic results in terms of whitening.

For these reasons, if you can relate to any of the above scenarios then you may want to discuss alternatives to whitening with your dentist, such as dental bonding or porcelain veneers. If you decide to move forward with whitening and have discussed it with your dentist, remember that daily oral habits such as flossing and brushing as well as regular dental checkups, will keep your smile looking brighter and whiter, longer.

Making Brushing Your Teeth Fun for Kids

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Are you tired of resistance and tears when it comes time for teeth brushing in your house? Ready for a solution that gets your kids excited about brushing and eager for the next session? Great, then keep reading as we share some simple, yet effective ways to keep your children engaged when it comes to keeping their teeth clean.

Unfortunately, the art of explanation does not always work with children at brushing time and so you might find that practicing proper oral hygiene is a bit of a challenge – you are not alone. It generally proves pretty difficult to drag children away from the fun and games to take care of their chompers; however, it is possible. How, you might be wondering? The answer is simple – make if fun. Easier said than done, right? Not really. Try these simple steps to help bring a little fun and playfulness into brushing time.

Play Games

Sounds reasonable, right? Sure it does. What kid does not love playing games? Try something simple and silly like letting your child brush your teeth or cheering with every tooth that you get good and clean. Count the teeth and announce as each is sparkling and shiny. Maybe give your child a play toothbrush to let them brush their ‘lovies’ teeth with while you brush theirs. Download fun music apps that play two minutes of toddler tunes or something of that nature. There are also brushing racer apps that might prove useful.

Make It Special

The easiest way to get your child excited about brushing is to make it special. Letting them pick their own toothbrush and toothpaste is often very effective in this manner. Maybe it is Hello Kitty, Spiderman or My Little Pony – whatever it is, make sure that you are just as excited as they are when you finally find their favorite character on a toothbrush or tube of toothpaste. There are also DIY kits available that allow kids to design and decorate their own toothbrushes for those art inspired wee ones. Brushing your teeth with your child, or doing it as a family might also prove helpful in making the time more special and enjoyable.

Offer a Reward

Anyone who has ever had a toddler will tell you that there is nothing wrong with a little bribe here and there, within reason of course. If nothing else works, pull out the big guns and offer rewards. Positive reinforcement has a remarkable ability to encourage good behavior and cooperation in the bathroom at brushing time. Maybe it is a sticker, a special treat for breakfast or just letting them pick the night time story to read – whatever it is, make sure it is special to them.

Be creative and follow your instinct. With a little effort you might even find that eventually your child looks forward to brushing time! Teeth cleaning should be fun for your child, not a chore. So do your best to encourage good dental practices whilst still making it the best part of the day!