Posts for tag: nashville teeth whitening

 

1.All OTC (over the counter) teeth whitening products are the same.
False. There are many variations in how products are distinguished:
1. % Strength
2. Type- Carbamide peroxide vs Hydrogen peroxide
3. Delivery- Tray, Strips, Paint-On- Gel
4. Preservatives- Will Alter the Shelf life of the Product
5. ADA seal- Should have this seal to verify its safety.

2. People with sensitive teeth are not candidates for teeth whitening.
False. While teeth whitening can produce hot/cold sensitivity, is often brief and temporary. People with large cavities and periodontal(gum) disease must use great caution when using these products. Talk to your dentist about what is the best product for you and why.

3. Patients that have cavities are not candidates for teeth whitening.
False. When used properly, even patients with cavities can whiten teeth. In fact, there is very new research showing that teeth whitening can help prevent or reduce cavities when used appropriately.

Talk to Dr.Glasmeier about teeth whitening and what is best for you!

Drinking Dilemma:
What Coffee and Wine Do To Teeth

It's been said that 'you are what you eat', but when it comes to oral hygiene, you are what you drink. And if you drink a lot of coffee and wine, you may be putting your smile at risk.

When most people worry about the 'damage' done to teeth by their favorite beverages - coffee and wine - they generally think in terms of the unsightly stains left behind. Now, staining, in and of itself, does not necessarily pose a true risk to the health of your teeth or your gums. But if you have stained teeth, it probably means that you've been 'playing hooky' when it comes to seeing your dentist and you may have unhealthy plaque on your teeth.

When plaque forms and hardens, it causes a calculus build-up known as tartar. Tartar is more easily discolored by coffee and wine than healthy enamel and that turns your smile from white to yellow or brown. But there's more to the problem than just discoloration. Plaque and tartar irritate the gums, leading to gingivitis and gum disease.

That's just the beginning...

Coffee is an acidic drink. That acidity is just as harmful to the health of your teeth as it is to the lining of your stomach, eating away the surface bit by bit. The more coffee you drink, the more acidic your mouth becomes. When that happens, calcium and phosphate can be pulled directly out of your tooth enamel.

The problem is that people have a tendency to drink coffee all day long, often adding a spoonful of sugar or two of sugar into each cup. And even those who are conscientious about brushing after meals often don't think to grab a toothbrush after those caffeine 'fixes.' The result is a double-whammy: the acid breaks down the structure of the teeth and the sugar promotes decay.

Can dentures be far behind???

Wine can be equally destructive. White wine has been shown to lead to the loss of tooth enamel, a condition which cannot be reversed. According to one study at Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany, adult teeth soaked in white wine for a day lost calcium as well as phosphorous up to a depth of 60mm in the enamel surface of the teeth. (Red wine is not known to promote rapid tooth erosion)

Are there any safeguards to help prevent tooth enamel loss without having to give up your favorite vintage? Yes! One tip is to be sure you eat when you drink.

Eating while drinking promotes the production of saliva, this in turn fights against the erosion of tooth enamel. Cheese is an ideal food to pair with white wine, for flavor and dental health. Cheese is a rich in calcium, which can counteract the acidity level of white wines.

And while it may seem counter-intuitive, you should refrain from brushing your teeth immediately after drinking white wine. Brushing too soon after consuming a very acidic beverage may damage the tooth's structure, says Mark Wolff, a professor and chairman of the department of comprehensive care at NYU's College of Dentistry. "Saliva has the capability of re-mineralizing the tooth structure and neutralizing damage, so give it 40 minutes to an hour before you brush your teeth," he says.

The good news is that despite the negative effects they may have, it's not really necessary to cut down on white wine or coffee if you enjoy them. But it is necessary to pay more attention to your dental hygiene.

Coupled with professional cleanings, timely brushing and regular flossing will allow you to eat, drink, and be merry without worrying about tooth or gum disease.

 

Question: If I want to whiten my teeth, should I whiten before or after my dental work.

 

Answer: Almost always you would want to whiten prior to commencing with your dental treatment. Modern teeth whitening techniques are designed to remove external stains from natural tooth structure. It is well known that there a variety of successful brands and techniques available that can help whiten stained and darkened teeth. However, in spite of the technological advancements, whitening materials have no effect on existing restorations in the mouth.

 

Restorations such as crowns, bridges, fillings, etc. will not respond to whitening. Because of this, it is encouraged to whiten before any major restorations are placed or there could be some discrepancies in the tooth colors.