Ways To Whiten Your Teeth

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If you would like to whiten your teeth, you have multiple options. Here are a few of them:

Natural Whitening

If you would rather use natural substances to whiten your teeth, you can often get visible results from items that may be in your pantry. For instance, baking soda, which is typically available in many kitchen cupboards, can be applied to the teeth as a whitening paste. The abrasive nature of the powder can help polish away stains, and the alkalinity of the baking soda can help neutralize acid that may cause darkening decay.

Additional natural teeth whiteners include hydrogen peroxide, turmeric and even olive oil. The peroxide can be diluted with an equal amount of water to create a whitening rinse. The turmeric, like the baking soda, can be mixed with a bit of water to form a teeth-whitening paste. Since turmeric is also highly anti-inflammatory, it can also reduce gum inflammation. 

Olive oil can be used during oil pulling, which is the movement of oil around the oral cavity for a period before discarding it. The oil dilutes and dissolves stains that may be deep within the pores of the teeth. Additionally, it traps oral microbes. Both the bacteria and the stains are released from the mouth when the oil is spit out.

In-office Whitening

Professional teeth whitening or dental bleaching may be provided by a cosmetic dentist. After appropriately protecting the gums and other soft tissues of the mouth, he dentist applies a peroxide-based whitening solution to the teeth. The solution is allowed to remain in place for the prescribed period, and an ultraviolet light may be used to increase the effectiveness of the whitening.

Depending on the desired shade of whiteness and the degree of dental staining, several sessions may be scheduled to produce the whitest shade possible for your teeth. The dentist may also prescribe at-home care to reduce the likelihood of the dental staining reoccurring. Special tooth pastes or mouth rinses may be suggested.

In-office whitening produces quick results and is the safest form of whitening because it is conducted by a dental professional. Some home whitening kits are effective over time, but if they are not used according to the manufacturer's instructions, dental sensitivity may result.

To learn more ways to whiten your teeth, schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist in your area. Even if your teeth have permanent discoloration, such as that from a congenital defect, cosmetic applications, such as veneers, can be used to produce a white smile. Contact a business, such as Chen Sharon DMD PC, for more information.   


25 July 2016

Outstanding In-Home Care

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