Tooth Tips- How to Avoid Staining Your Teeth

Teeth whitening is one of the services most in-demand from dentist offices, and for good reason, since there are many foods and habits capable of adding to the problem of teeth staining.

If you’re serious about keeping those pearly whites in mint condition, it’s important to make sure you’ve got the basics down pat first. Those are: Be sure to brush, floss and to see a dentist for regular checkups.

Beyond that, make sure that you’re aware of the types of foods that can cause stains so that you’re able to avoid them and/or minimize the amount of contact that they have with your teeth.

For example, wine, especially red wine, is one of the most common and well-known offenders. However, according to a study at New York University, white wine is also capable of the staining of teeth by making them more susceptible to other food and drinks.

Acidic drinks such as pop and sports drinks also cause stains by softening tooth enamel, and dark-colored versions of those drinks tend to make the problem even worse.

Other food and drinks that stain teeth include dark-colored sauces, sweets, coffee, and even dark-colored tea – although green, white, and herbal teas are much less likely to cause stains. Thankfully, there are various ways to negate, or at least minimize, the amount of staining that can easily be implemented into your day-to-day routine.

A good rule of thumb is to make sure that you avoid prolonged exposure to richly colored food and drink to your teeth whenever possible.

Swishing water around in your mouth after eating or drinking something that stains is wise, as it can buy some time for your enamel to re-harden before brushing. You can also help offset the possible damage by chewing sugarless gum sweetened with xylitol, which has been shown to have positive dental effects.

Using a straw for beverages that may stain your teeth is also smart, as it helps to keep them away from your particularly visible, and vulnerable, front teeth along with the others. Some of the worst teeth stains occur in people who keep a can of pop on their desk and sip all day long.

Finally, be sure to swallow deeply-colored foods quickly after chewing them thoroughly.

And don’t forget to call or stop by one of our nine convenient locations for more tips, or to visit us for a consultation on our teeth whitening techniques should the need arise.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/foods-stain-teeth-feature

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Tooth Tips- How Often Should Replace Your Toothbrush?

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How Soon Should You Brush After a Meal?

One of the easiest ways people can prevent tooth decay and gum disease is to brush on a regular basis. Since childhood we’ve all been told that we should brush two to three times a day, after meals or snacks.

While dentists would like to recommend that you brush two to three times a day, taking the time to do a complete thorough cleaning at least once a day is key to keeping the teeth healthy, in additional to regular check-ups with your dentist to determine the overall health of your teeth and mouth, of course.

For those of you who do brush multiple times per day, and feel guilty for not getting to their toothbrush right away, new research shows that it may actually be better to wait a little bit after eating before brushing.

When you brush, you remove plaque from the surface, or enamel, of your teeth. Plaque is bacteria that can cause cavities or gum disease. When you drink sugary drinks, eat fruits or certain carbs, acids form that can attack your teeth. These acids erode enamel and the layer below it, called dentin. The layer of dentin is easier to damage than the outer enamel layer.

The action of brushing presses the bristles of the brush into the surface of the teeth, which may also wind up pushing the acids into the surface of the teeth. You could be causing more harm than good! However, the strength of these acids tend to diminish after about a half an hour or so. Waiting for about that long, just as you would wait to go swimming after eating a meal, is a good idea.

This advice is also good for people who feel the need to brush after an acid reflux attack.

Looking for an easy way to disperse of the acid? Rinse your mouth out with water. Water is a base, which neutralizes acids. It’s also a good idea to drink plenty of water each day for general health, both total body and dental.

Timing is important in so many places in our lives. Taking the time to brush properly will ensure that your smile lasts as long as you do!

Don’t forget that smart dental health also requires regular check-ups. To schedule a checkup at any one of our eight convenient Metro Detroit locations, visit www.convenientdentalcare.com today!

Sources for this article include:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/21/really-never-brush-your-teeth-immediately-after-a-meal/

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/06/01/when-is-the-right-time-to-brush-your-teeth/

http://jada.ada.org/content/134/9/1176.3.full

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Tooth Tips- How to Prevent a Cracked Tooth

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Healthier Alternatives to Soda Pop

Drinking soda throughout the day can lead to dental disasters, so it’s best to replace it with healthier alternatives whenever possible.

Try some of these options and your teeth, as well as the rest of your body, will thank you.

Tea (hot or cold) – Green tea is recognized for its many health benefits and is a much better choice for your teeth than soda. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology, the American Academy of Periodontology’s official publication, showed that routine intake of green tea may promote healthy teeth and gums.

There are also many kinds of tea on the market with unique flavors and low sugar content. Make your own, either hot or iced, at home so you can control how much sugar (if any) goes into it. If you’re buying tea at a store or restaurant, keep an eye on the sugar content and choose low-sugar or unsweetened teas.

Homemade flavored water – A variety of fruits can be used to spruce up water, such as watermelon and oranges. Simply add slices to a pitcher of ice cold water for a light and refreshing drink.

Although those fruits have some sugar and are slightly acidic they are a big improvement over any soda pop for your teeth and overall health.

Low-sugar milk – When buying milk, check the label for sugar content and choose drinks that are lowest in sugar. Be careful because many milk beverages contain a large amount of sugar regardless of brand. Unsweetened coconut milk and/or nut milk such as almond are also good choices for better dental health, plus many of these beverages provide calcium and other vitamins and minerals to help keep teeth strong.

You can never have enough H20! – Water is always a good decision and especially smart to drink throughout the course of the day.

Don’t slowly sip on acidic and/or sugary beverages over time because that leads to more even more tooth-damaging exposure. Instead, make water your beverage of choice and save the sweet stuff to drink as an occasional reward.

Start drinking healthier beverages today and you’ll be on your way to healthier teeth! If it’s time for a check-up, simply call or visit one of our eight convenient locations.

Sources for this article include:

http://dentistry.about.com/od/dentaltermsm/g/mountaindewmouth.htm
http://www.perio.org/consumer/green-tea.htm
http://www.everydayhealth.com/photogallery/soda-alternatives.aspx#/slide-2

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