Thursday, January 28, 2016

Tooth Whitening

Want a brighter smile?
     A whiter smile gives the impression of radiant health, youth, happiness and it is perceived as a healthy smile.

Tooth enamel (hard protective outer layer of your teeth) contains pores that can hold stains produced by:

• Using tobacco
• Drinking dark-colored liquids such as coffee, cola, tea and   red wine
• Not taking good care of your teeth

Aging makes teeth less bright as the enamel gets thinner and the dentin (yellowish tissue that makes up the bulk of all teeth) becomes darker.

You can help maintain the results by brushing, flossing, and rinsing daily. Also, avoid acidic and tannin-rich foods and beverages such as:

  • Black teas and coffee
  • White and red wine
  • Sports drinks
  • Carbonated beverages (dark and light-colored sodas)
  • Berries and other strongly-colored foods
  • Sauces (soy, tomato, curries)

  If you avoid these sources of staining and following up regularly with a home whitening product, you may not need another whitening treatment for 12 to 24 months.

Treating Sensitive Teeth After TEETH WHITENING

Sometimes after whitening treatments, teeth can be sensitive. If this occurs you have options to reduce the pain:
  • Use a sensitivity toothpaste – potassium nitrate helps to relive the pain associated with tooth sensitivity.
  • Chew gum – more saliva is produced when chewing gum. And the act of chewing may distract from the pain.
  • Avoid whitening for a while – give your teeth a break and stop using whitening products.

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