Professional whitening treatments can truly transform your smile, but the results are not permanent. Your teeth can accumulate stains and become discolored again, and then you'll have to have them re-whitened. If you want to keep your teeth looking as bright and white as possible for as long as possible after your professional whitening treatment, then follow these tips.
Say "no" to dark liquids—or drink them carefully.
Coffee, red wine, black tea, and dark-colored sodas are all super staining to your teeth.
You've probably heard that dentists prefer to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible. Often, dentists prefer to correct a tooth problem with root canals, crowns, or other restorative measures in the interest of preserving the natural tooth. And yet, tooth extractions are the most common surgical procedure in the United States – more than 20 million of them are performed every year. Why? Although preserving the natural tooth is preferable, there are several situations where an extraction actually is the best treatment option.
Does your child often complain that his or her mouth is dry? Maybe you've noticed symptoms of dry mouth, such as frequent drinking, a red tongue and sores in the corners of the mouth, when you're observing your child. Dry mouth is not an issue that should be ignored, since it can increase the risk of dental caries and gum disease. If you think your child may have dry mouth, it is important to work with your dentist to figure out the cause and begin treating it.
Regular visits to your dentist and proper oral hygiene are key to a healthy, appealing smile, but you may still require orthodontic care to repair issues affecting your teeth or jaw alignment. Of course, many orthodontic treatments will repair these underlying dental issues, so finding one suited to your needs and budget is essential. Thankfully, the use of clear, removable orthodontic aligners is becoming a popular option due to their ease of use, appealing look, and effectiveness.
The standard toothbrush has been undergoing a lot of makeovers lately, and along with new silicone-bristled brushes, other manufacturers are producing toothbrushes they claim harbor less bacteria than traditional ones or simply clean teeth better. You may wonder if these new types of toothbrushes do have any advantage over typical brushes. Here is a guide to three of the brushes and how they claim to work.
One new type of antibacterial toothbrush that is being produced by several companies is the nano-silver brush.