Can You Whiten Your Teeth at Home?

Professional teeth whitening is an effective and quick way to improve your smile, but not everyone wants to take the time to visit the dentist for treatment. Over-the-counter products are available for this purpose as well, but some people are interested in brightening their smile with items readily available in their homes. Here are some ingredients commonly found in home kitchens that can be used to whiten your teeth at home.

Baking soda
You have probably heard about baking soda as a teeth whitening remedy, as it is used in many products like whitening toothpastes. It is water soluble and penetrates all areas of your teeth, and is able to neutralize acids in your mouth that are known to cause cavities. To use baking soda at home, you can add water to form a paste to apply with your toothpaste. Or you can simply dip your toothbrush into baking soda and brush with it. Results should begin to be visible after a couple of weeks of use.

Vinegar
Mixing vinegar with water and then dipping your toothbrush in the mixture is another way to brighten your smile. You can also rinse with the mixture like a mouthwash. The acid in the vinegar helps get rid of stains on your teeth. Any vinegar you have on hand may be used, although apple cider vinegar is most recommended.

Orange peel
Rubbing an orange peel against your teeth is a great teeth whitener. You can also use a lemon peel. Whichever of these peels you happen to have, try using it on your teeth before discarding it.

Activated charcoal
Perhaps not as commonly available in your kitchen, activated charcoal is a completely natural ingredient that may be used to get rid of stains on the surface of your teeth. It can be purchased at your drugstore or ordered online, and is available in powder or capsule form. Just access the charcoal powder, dip your toothbrush in it, and brush. Your teeth will become very black at first, but once you rinse your teeth will appear shinier.

 

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Dentistry According to Your Age

No matter what you age, seeing the dentist is necessary to maintain good oral health. All kinds of dental specialists are available to help you with any problem that might arise. Babies, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors all face unique challenges when it comes to their oral health.

Children
Babies through older children need preventative maintenance for optimum oral health. Many parents choose to take their children to pediatric dentists who specialize in kids ages 0 through 18. Children should begin seeing a dentist by their first birthday. Orthodontists also treat children, with the suggested age of 7 as the first visit to this specialist for early intervention. If problems exist, this allows them to be caught and treated early to avoid worse issues later.

Adolescents
It is not uncommon for adolescents to require teeth straightening and jaw alignment correction. Today there are many options for braces and appliances that cater to this age group. Oral surgery is often needed for adolescents to remove teeth in overcrowded mouths, or to extract wisdom teeth that erupt during adolescence. By this age, tooth discoloration or chips or uneven lines may already be present. Cosmetic dentistry options can help improve your teen’s smile.

Adults
By adulthood, dental checkups every six months should be a habit. Every dental specialization area may benefit adults, including general dentistry, cosmetic, oral surgery, and endodontics. This is the age group who most often needs crowns, root canals, and teeth whitening. With the popularity of invisible braces on the rise, many adults also seek orthodontic treatment.

Seniors
Aging brings about more cases of lost teeth and root canals. Bridges, dentures, and implants are common treatments in the senior age group. Maintaining regular checkups and ensuring good hygiene at home are important.

 

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Denture Adhesives Explained

When you wear dentures, you want to be sure that they look, feel, and work well. You should be confident that your dentures will remain in place securely, so that you’re not concerned with them slipping during wear. To avoid this problem, dental adhesives are a good solution for holding your dentures in place.

Do I always need adhesives?
Although not always necessary, adhesives help you achieve confidence that your dentures will stay in place. Using adhesives is especially important when you expect to be eating something sticky or hard. Also, they are helpful if you’re going to be talking a lot or playing a musical instrument. When you are taking cold medicine or other contributors to a dry mouth, adhesives are a good idea.

When are adhesives not recommended?
Adhesives are not a remedy for appliances that fit incorrectly, because the product can contribute to pain and mouth sores for ill-fitting dentures. If your dentures don’t fit well, see your dentist for an adjustment. Also, when you’re not going to be able to practice good dental hygiene, don’t apply adhesives before wearing your dentures. Finally, stop using adhesives until you see your dentist if you experience an allergic reaction to the product.

Are there different types?
There are two primary types of adhesives. Paste is applied to the appliance when it is wet, and you clean the paste off if it oozes outside of the dentures. The other type is powder adhesive, which you sprinkle thinly on the side of the denture that touches your gums. Many users prefer powder adhesive because it is less messy. With either type you choose, begin with a small amount to see how much you need to feel comfortable and confident. You can always apply more if needed.

Are there any risks for using adhesives?
If you follow the instructions for use and your dentures fit properly, adhesives are usually safe. Swollen gums and pain may occur if you do not follow the directions, so as with any medication, it’s best to stick with the usage guidelines.

 

 

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Repairing Your Smile with a Makeover

Some problems with your smile just can’t be repaired with a general trip to the dentist. Bigger issues that affect your confidence in addition to your oral health may mean it’s time for a smile makeover. Cosmetic dentists come to the rescue to provide amazing results in repairing problems with smiles.

What types of procedures are possible?
A cosmetic dentist can offer you a variety of solutions for improving your smile. Some of the most common procedures include:
• Teeth whitening
• Veneers to hide tooth imperfections
• Implants to replace missing teeth
• Gum or tooth contouring
• Bonding to correct problems like chips
• Orthodontics to realign teeth and jaws

How much time is involved in getting a smile makeover?
Of course it depends on the type of improvements that you require, but you can expect most cosmetic dental procedures to require more than one office visit to complete. Once you begin any procedure, it’s important to see the treatment through until completion for the safest and most appealing results.

What should I look for in a dentist?
Remember that a smile makeover may best be performed by a cosmetic dentist rather than a general dentist. Shop around for one who meets your specific needs. Consider the dentist’s training and experience in the procedures you’re interested in, and look for a dentist certified with the American Dental Association. Also make sure that you’re comfortable with the other office technicians and staff, as well as the office location and amenities.

 

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