In this post I will discuss the four ways to make and keep your teeth white.
I need to mention that many times patients have unrealistic expectations when it comes to tooth whitening. Sometimes as dentists we strive for the most natural look when it comes to tooth color. Sometimes patients expect “toilet bowl” white which can look very “fake” and distracts from the natural beauty of our teeth.
Here are the four ways to whiten your teeth.
1) chose your grandparents very carefully. What I mean is that the color of your teeth is genetic and some people have naturally whiter teeth than others. There is not much that can be done for medicine stained teeth or teeth that are grey or stained from excessive fluoride ingestion during childhood. In this extreme situations laminates may be the only option. 2) Diet- Some foods can stain teeth. Dark fruit juices, coffee tea and chocolate will stain teeth. 3) Whitening Toothpaste is my least favorite because these rely not so much on whitening gels as much as very abrasive substances in the toothpaste. These abrasives remove the stains but also abrade and wear off the enamel. Enamel does wear off and you never get anymore than you are born with. 4) Gels and Whitening agents. These can be divided into two categories. In Office tooth whitening systems like Zoom Tooth whitening and home or self tooth whitening stripes. The In Office or professional whitening agents are much stronger agents and work quickly. Because these agents are much stronger they work much faster. What may take three to four weeks at home can be accomplished in 45 minutes in the dental office. Because these agents are very strong they can damage the gums and soft tissue. The dentist is able to cover the gums and checks and isolate just your teeth for whitening. The at home treatments also work very well but will take three to four weeks to whiten your teeth. We offer an in home treatment that works very well. Crest Whitestripes, Crest 3D whitestripes Luxe also work very well and I highly recommend them. The other natural way you can whiten your teeth at home is with coconut oil. Rinse with about two teaspoons of coconut oil for about 25- 30 minutes. The hard part of the coconut oil is the amount of time it takes. But the coconut oil will also kill mouth bacteria as an added benefit.
Tooth whitening and tooth bleaching is a popular in office and at home dental treatment.
I will answer some of the most common questions about tooth bleaching and tooth whitening.
I must mention first that teeth color and response to tooth whitening and bleaching is different for each person. Some people naturally have whiter teeth, some people respond better to tooth whitening, some people’s teeth stain differently than others and diet is also an important component of tooth color. So you cannot compare the color of your teeth to another person or expect the same results as someone else.
Also understand that the main difference between a dental office whitening and in home tooth whitening is the speed at which your teeth whiten. Because the dental office whitening system is supervised by a dentist, higher concentrations are used in the dental office. Higher concentrations are used in a dental office because the dentist can control where these powerful agents are applied. If these strong whitening agents are applied at home and not isolated by a dentist they can cause serious burns to the soft tissue in your mouth such as gums and checks causing serious pain and possible permanent damage. Over the counter whitening gels are less concentrated and cause less damage to the gums however the process of whitening will take longer for your teeth to whiten.
In the next post I will talk about the four ways to whiten or bleach your teeth.
Gum disease is a a risk factor for heart disease, pancreatic cancer and dementia among other disease. Although the exact etiology (exact mechanism) or connection between gum disease and other systemic is not understood. Many doctors prescribe cholesterol lowering drugs when a patient is at risk for heart disease because of high cholesterol. However, a key vitamin CoQ10 (ubiqunone) is depleted in heart tissue and gum tissue when a patient is on statin drugs like Lipitor. So for my patients who are on statin drugs I encourage then to consider CoQ10 supplementation for their gum health.
I recommend 20mg to 100mg of CoQ10 supplementation when a patient is on statin drugs. Also, it is important to find a CoQ10 supplement that is easily absorbed and for this reason I recommend Jarrow’s Formula. Jarrow’s vitamins are pharmaceutical grade and quality for maximum absorption and benefit. Also I recommend Vitacost.com for cost savings and for ease of ordering and delivery.