Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Top 10 Dental Tips

1. Visit Your Dentist Regularly. This is very important to not only keep your teeth clean but keep your mouth free of periodontal disease. Regular dental examinations along with professional cleanings can help you keep your teeth clean, white, and healthy for a lifetime. 

2. Beware of stains. Drinking red wine, black tea, or even indulging in an occasional cigar will give your teeth a darker, duller appearance. Brushing and flossing alone will not be able to remove these stains that work their way deep into your teeth. A good tip for when you do indulge is to brush and floss immediately after eating and drinking any items you think might stain your teeth. There are also natural tooth whiteners that you can use like crunchy vegetables and fresh apples. Their crunchiness helps give a cleaning action to your teeth to remove some of the lighter staining. There are also whitening toothpastes, such as colgate optic white, which are very effective at removing surface staining when used regularly.

3. Don’t Forget Your Tongue. Studies have shown that bad breath can emanate from the tongue. Dead cells and bacteria can harbor in the folds of our tongue contributing to bad breath. Tongue scraping alone will not rid you of bad breath but it can help. You can use a toothbrush for this or most stores carry tongue scrapers specifically designed for the task at hand.
4. Gargle With Apple Cider Vinegar. This has become a popular remedy for whiter teeth. However, the vinegar can promote an acidic environment in the mouth causing tooth enamel erosion. Rinse with this at your own risk. The benefits may not be worth the risk of enamel erosion and tooth decay.


5. Use An Antibacterial/ Anti-Tartar/ Fluoride Mouthrinse. Oral rinses can get to places we sometimes miss from brushing and flossing. They also have the ability to lower the bacteria count in the mouth to help prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease. A good tip is to choose a mouthwash that  specifically targets your needs. There are whitening rinses, anti-plaque rinses to reduce periodontal bacteria such as listerine, anti-tartar rinses such as Periogen, Fluoride rinses such as ACT.
6. Chew Sugarless Gum (with Xylitol). Xylitol has been shown to decrease the incidence in tooth decay when chewed regularly. Xylitol enhances the remineralization of teeth, particularly in small decay spots just developing in the tooth enamel. Also, bacteria are unable to produce acid when xyltiol is present. This inhibition of acid production will help the teeth to stay safe from tooth decay.
7. Brush With A Teeth Whitening Toothpaste. While the effectiveness of these toothpastes comes into question for many they do help remove light staining. Brushing with a toothpaste like Colgate’s optic white can keep your teeth as white as possible in between dental visits.
8. Choose The Right Lipstick. This tip is for the ladies, choose a medium coral or light red lipstick. These colors can make your teeth appear to look whiter, whereas lighter-colored lipsticks tend to bring out the yellow and darker areas in teeth.
9. Floss Regularly. Many do not realize the staining that can occur in between teeth from plaque buildup. Flossing will help keep tooth decay and periodontal disease in check but it can also make your teeth whiter and brighter.
10. Strawberries. There has been some evidence showing that strawberries have some teeth whitening properties. So next time you grab for a snack think about your teeth and grab some strawberries.

 Whiter Smile Conclusion

Having a healthy, white smile can be a reality with routine dental care coupled with good dental hygiene at home. For those, who need have dental issues already and need a little boost, there are many treatments that your dentist can advise you of  that can be personalized for your individual needs. It is never too late to have a healthier looking smile!

41 comments:

  1. This top 10 tips can really help me and I'm always excited in visiting My dentist for My check up. It feels like heaven after cleaning my teeth. Manhattan dental clinic is my favorite dentist here in NYC.

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    1. Jogara,

      That is a very great and rare trait to be excited to visit your dentist, That is wonderful, oral health is very important and we are glad we can provide some quick tips to help!

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  2. Hey there! Thanks for sharing this article, it has been a very interesting read. I've personally never had the chance to deal much with dentists in Maple Ridge, I can't wait to learn some more about all of it. Again, thank you so much for sharing everything!

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    1. Jess,

      Thank you for your feedback. We provide daily dental tips, so please check back in with us and feel free to ask us any questions you may have!

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  3. The picture of those beautiful pearly white teeth is so inspiring! Its really good to know what you can and cant eat too often to have the best effects of whitened teeth. What other things are important to know after going to the dentist in Oakville?

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    1. Hello,

      Surprisingly teeth whitening is the most popular and common dental concern for many people. Most patients want that Hollywood white smile and little do people know it is not only affordable, but pretty simple to ascertain. We hope you have luck with some of these tips.

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  4. Thanks for these awesome tips! I will definitely be keeping these in mind so that I can keep my mouth fresh in between my teeth cleanings in Calgary.

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    1. Mia, we are so glad you found this helpful! Thanks for reading our blog.

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  5. I think tip two is very true. My father-in-law is a heavy smoker and the smoke has turned his teeth grey. It is sad to see the effects it has had on his teeth. His smile isn't as bright as it once was. http://www.walkindentalclinic.ca/en/

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    1. Gary,
      Many smokers that we see usually notice the same color difference you are mentioning, we try to offer whitening toothpastes or a stronger light whitening treatments if they want, but you would be surprised what a little baking soda and strawberries can do also!

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  6. I completely agree: it's so important to take care of your tongue. We focus so much on teeth that we forget that there are many other components to a healthy mouth! It's easy to forget that it's actually vital to scrape and clean your tongue. Thanks for sharing your tips with us! http://www.drbarberio.com/services.html

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    1. Thank you Sergio for your feedback, we could not agree more! The tongue is very important and holds tons of bacteria. We encourage all of our patients to get a tongue scrapper to use on a daily basis.

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  8. Thanks for the article! I really liked tip number six because I had a problem once with chewing too much sugar gum. When I went to the dentist, he asked me if I chewed a lot of gum, then recommended that I chew sugar-free to avoid dental problems. I have tried to do as he said, and it seems like it may be helping. http://www.fairviewmalldental.ca/en/

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    1. James,
      That is great that you liked the article. Thankfully sugar-free gum is tasting much better now a days, because it is a great alternative to gums loaded with sugar. They are certainly becoming more popular than the sugary alternatives. Please leave feedback any time!!

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    1. Thank you Betty, it is very helpful have dental tips handy. Patients usually neglect their dental hygiene, so it is very important to implement as many health practices as possible.

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  10. I definitely don't visit the dentist as much as I should. There are a lot of things that are wrong with my teeth that I bet they could help me with. At the very least, I would benefit from a cleaning. It's important to take care of your teeth and they'll take care of you. http://www.gentledentistliverpoolny.com/General-Dentistry-Liverpool-NY.html

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