Teeth Whitening – 5 Do’s and Don’ts

whitening1 Teeth Whitening - 5 Do's and Don'tsOf course, your love life isn’t the only thing that can improve with a better, brighter-looking smile. Studies conducted by the independent researcher firms found that a whiter smile could also help you land the job of your dreams. The study found that applicants were 58 percent more likely to get offered a job and 53 percent more likely to receive a raise if their teeth were pearly white.

While the in-office whitening treatment offered can provide stunning results after just one visit, patients do have a number of options they can explore to restore a little of the luster lost from their smile. Unfortunately, not all whitening treatments offer the same level of safety and effectiveness. Here are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to teeth whitening.

Teeth Whitening Don’ts

Don’t use baking soda. While baking soda may rank as an all-star multipurpose cleaner in the home, don’t consider using it on your teeth. The chemical compound of baking soda is fairly abrasive – part of the reason why it’s so efficient at removing stains – but those abrasive agents can also present a risk to your teeth. Baking soda won’t just help to remove stains; the abrasive compounds will actually wear away tooth enamel, as well, leading to your teeth actually becoming darker over time.

Don’t eat tooth-staining foods. While red wine and coffee seem the most likely culprits to contribute to tooth-staining, foods like tomato sauce, berries and soy sauce can also cause discoloration. As a general rule, the darker the pigmentation of a particular food or drink, the more likely it will cause staining.

Don’t guzzle artificial beverages. Artificially sweetened beverages like soda, fruit juice, energy and sports drinks not only contain high levels of sugar, and they also have a fairly high acidity. Beverages with higher acidity erode away at enamel, making teeth easier to stain. In fact, some oral health experts compare the affect drinking these types of beverages have on your teeth to battery acid due to their corrosive nature. If you just can’t resist drinking your favorite beverage, consider sipping through a straw as that helps reduce the exposure your teeth have to the liquid.

Teeth Whitening Do’s

Do change out your toothbrush. You need to regularly replace your toothbrush as the bristles become worn with use. A brush with worn or broken bristles works far less efficiently at removing stains, so make sure to buy a new brush at least once every three months.

Do scrape your tongue. A harmful oral bacterium that contributes tooth discoloration builds up on both your teeth and tongue. If you brush regularly but fail to clean your tongue, you’re leaving a large portion of your mouth thriving with bacteria. To eliminate bacteria, while also freshening your breath, make sure to scrape your tongue at least once a day. ADA approved tongue scrapers can be purchased at most pharmacies and grocery stores.

Do eat raw veggies. Crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, celery and cauliflower carry the reputation as “Nature’s toothbrush.” That’s because eating these types of foods helps to scrub your teeth while increasing saliva flow, which in turn washes away bacteria. Diets high in fruits and veggies also help to limit sugar consumption, which can also contribute to staining.

If you have any questions about the best ways to whiten your teeth, feel free to ask your dental experts here at Rosemeade during your next appointment with us!

 

 

0

Mouth Sores – How to Prevent Them

landscape-1464016802-gettyimages-77746414 Mouth Sores – How to Prevent Them

Mouth sores can be quite a pain, in more ways than one. They can be classified into two types of sores, canker sores, the more common ones, and cold sores, which are not typically found inside the mouth although it is not unheard of.

Canker sores can happen to anyone, at any age. Although simple canker sores are mostly common in the age group of 10 to 20, complex canker sores can happen at any age. Complex canker sores are rare but people with a history of simple canker sores are prone to them.

Canker Sore Prevention

  1. Nutritional Deficiency – It has been noted in several studies that canker sores are either caused or triggered further when there is a deficiency of folic acid, zinc, or iron in the human body. Deficiencies of calcium can also cause canker sores, but more than causing them, calcium deficiency can worsen the situation. Healthy eating is the best solution to such a nutritional deficiency.
  2. Stress/ Injury – Stress on the tissues or any type of injury in the mouth can cause canker sores. Since the sores are actually tiny ulcers, they can be caused by any kind of hard brushing or eating something that can cause bruises or lead to tissue inflammation in the mouth. Also, many people suffer from injuries from dental equipment such as braces. Using harsh mouthwashes or oral products that can damage the outermost layering of the mouth can also lead to canker sores.
  3. Fruits and Vegetables – While it is not entirely accurate to state that fruits such as oranges, lemons, or pineapples can in and of themselves cause canker sores, they can when there is already some stress on the tissues and the surfaces inside the mouth are prone to burn or react to the acidic nature of the fruits. Strawberries, figs, tomatoes, and apples are some of the foods that should be avoided if one has canker sores.
  4. Poor Immune System – People who have a poor immune system are more prone to canker sores. It is difficult to find a specific correlation of immune system with canker sores and pinpoint what exactly is in one’s immunity that triggers canker sores, but the fact that the immune system cannot prevent or repair it quickly is reason enough to consider it to be a contributing factor. Besides, there is evidence that gastrointestinal problems and other diseases contribute to or cause canker sores.
  5. Vitamin Deficiency – Kids require more vitamins than adults because they are consistently growing and the body keeps demanding more vitamins. Also, kids are the most averse to vitamins. Fruits and vegetables are not typically a dear favorite of the young guns. Thus, vitamin B-12 deficiency is rather common among kids. If this is the cause of canker sores, then taking vitamin capsules or applying the contents of vitamin B-12 capsules directly to areas where sores have developed can offer quick and painless results.

There are many other topical products for canker sores, including those without active ingredients. Ask your doctor or dentist for advice on which may work best for you. If your canker sores relate to a more serious health problem, your doctor will treat the underlying condition.

0

Show My Love, Dental Gifts and Services

valentinesday2 Show My Love, Dental Gifts and Services

The most romantic day of the year is knocking on our doors. We will open our hearts and our doors to the loved ones celebrating one of the most gratifying and beautiful feelings that humankind enjoys. Love!

Therefore, after an evening of sweet chocolate gifts and romantic dinners, family theater outings with extra sweet candies or nice overly indulgent parties with friends, maybe it is time to think about what we can do for those that we cannot afford to lose, our pearly whites!

As Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, many people are struggling to come up with gift ideas for their loved ones.  There’s no need to fear because we’ve compiled a list of 7 creative gift ideas that will make your sweetheart smile.

GIFTS WITH SOLE

If your valentine loves shoes, get them a gift card to their favorite shoe store.  While gift cards are sometimes seen as an impersonal gift, there are many ways you can personalize this gift.  You can send your sweetheart on a scavenger hunt or create a fun box to present the card in a memorable way.  If you know your valentine loves shoes, it will be a personal gift because it’s from you and it’s something you know they love.

A PICTURE-PERFECT DAY

Capture your love story through a photo book.  There are many online options like Shutter fly and Walgreens that allow you to create and quickly receive custom photo books and prints.

Or, gift your sweetheart a beautiful canvas print of the place where you met.  If your valentine loves coffee, get them a custom mug to make them smile with every sip.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

If your valentine loves to smell nice, get them their favorite scent.  Perfume and colognes can be found everywhere from online retailers to department stores like Dillards.  Giving them their favorite scent ensures that your sweetheart will love the gift and it’s something they can use every day.

A TICKET TO LOVE

For the couples that are sports fanatics, get your valentine tickets to see the Houston Texans or the Houston Rockets.  If musicals and plays are a passion of your sweetheart’s, get tickets to see Broadway shows at the Hobby Center; they have 6-show packages on sale now

Aesthetic Voucher

A great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the family is to set up a sweet appointment as a couple or for the loved one to show them you care. A wonderful massage session or a splendid zoom whitening session with a dentist is always an awesome way to express your love and how much you cherish their Happy smile.

 

Think about alternative gifts, and most importantly, make your love to be the best present!

 

 

 

 

 

0