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Everything You Need to Know About Teeth Whitening

Wednesday - January 2nd, 2019
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Working in the dental industry, we are all for helping you achieve a bright, healthy smile. With many of us making personal goals for the new year, perhaps whitening your teeth is on your list of resolutions. Whether this is on your list, or not, here are some ideas on how to keep your smile looking its very best.

Of course, simple lifestyle habits like brushing and flossing twice daily, avoiding beverages that tend to stain like wine and coffee and eating healthy food can help improve the appearance of your teeth. A natural way to keep teeth sparkling and clean is to oil pulling. It sounds a little wacky, but it’s actually very simple. You place a tablespoon of coconut, sunflower or sesame oil in your mouth, swish for 20 seconds, then spit it out. So what exactly is happening here? Microorganisms that live in the mouth are covered by a layer of fat. This bacteria becomes naturally attracted to the oil being placed in your mouth, which is then removed once you spit. Dental experts say this technique can help fight against gingivitis and tooth decay, two things that can definitely help improve the overall appearance of your smile.

And if your teeth need a little extra whitening love, there are several cosmetic treatments such as do-it-yourself methods and over-the-counter to self-whiten at home and professional treatments performed by dental professionals. With over-the-counter products, from toothpastes to whitening gel trays, at various price points, and cost-effective DIY recipes that use everyday household ingredients, we are of the opinion that having your teeth whitened by a dental professional is the surest and safest way to achieve a white smile.

Before making any decisions, we recommend

talking to your dentist

* to discuss your personal oral health and determine which method is best for you. Understand that not all stains can be lightened the same way. Your dentist will be able to go over your personal medical history and consult on any antibiotics or supplements you’re taking that may complicate your whitening results. They’ll also be able to provide a whitening recommendation if you have sensitive teeth, cavities, a dental crown or even are pregnant.

In-office treatments

** take about an hour, sometimes more depending on the color and condition of your teeth. The entire process begins with a standard teeth cleaning, then follows with the application of a whitening agent. A UV light is then applied to the teeth to activate the chemical reaction. Once a desired shade achieved, voila! You have a pearly white smile!

We hope this information sets you off on a successful teeth whitening journey in 2019.