From Tips for Beautiful Teeth:
How Often to Get Your Teeth Cleaned
A big, bright smile isn’t just your best accessory, it also happens to be a key indicator of your overall well-being so it’s crucial to schedule a professional cleaning at least twice a year to help buff away tartar, bacterial deposits and external stains, and to check for cavities. During your visit, your dentist can also scope out early warning signs of sickness elsewhere in the body since poor oral hygiene has been linked to heart disease and diabetes.
Best In-Office Teeth-Whitening Treatments
Not all discolorations can be bleached, so it’s best to check in with your dentist to set expectations. For instance, according to the ADA, grayish gnashers, bonded teeth and tooth-colored fillings won’t be whitened by a bleaching agent, whereas yellow and brown stains will lighten right up. If your smile is bleachable, ask your doc about an in-office treatment like Luma-light or Zoom, which activates a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide with light wavelengths, taking teeth up to 10 shades lighter.
Dr. Smith uses BriteSmile™ Tooth Whitening technology – a popular, professional whitening tool that causes immediate, drastic results. Also offered is KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™, an impressive hybrid of in-office visits and at-home whitening trays. The professionals at Dental Health and Wellness Boston will help you choose which technique is right for you.
When Not to Brush Your Teeth
Somewhere along the way it was drilled into us that we have to brush after imbibing, and for the most part that’s true. But according to research, there’s a glaring exception to that rule-of-tooth. If you’re sipping on drinks containing citric or phosphoric acid — i.e. fruit juices and sodas — wait a full hour before brushing, says Kenton A. Ross of the Academy of General Dentistry. “The acid in the drink weakens the enamel and brushing can then remove microscopic amounts of that important enamel layer.” Give your mouth a swish with cool water to dilute the acid then brush up later.
This is a very interesting and important observation. If your teeth have lost a lot of enamel or have become damaged in some way, please don’t hesitate to contact us. As a Boston dentist with a whole body approach to dental health, Dr. Smith has everything you need to reclaim your smile – whether it be crowns, fillings, tooth replacements or cosmetic dentistry procedures.