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Many Ohio mouths have lost their luster due to teeth stains. Stained teeth can occur naturally as we age, but some common foods, drinks, and even mouthwashes can cause teeth stains. Do-it-yourself remedies can help whiten teeth, and avoiding substances that stained teeth can stop further discoloration. These are hints on how to have whiter teeth and to restore your bright smile.
Do-It-Yourself Teeth Whitening
You may be able to get rid of superficial teeth stains by yourself. A number of at-home teeth whitening products – kits or strips, – may lighten stains. There are even some old-fashioned advice you can try.
Drugstore whitening products use mild bleaches to brighten yellow teeth. Toothpastes use abrasives and chemicals to remove surface stains.
For persistent stains, you may need Dr. Russell's help. Strips just don't reach far enough to cover the edge teeth of some smiles.
These days, cosmetic dentistry is all about The Great White Way. "We've had to create new porcelain colors to keep up with the bleaching trend," says New York dentist Dr. Gerald P. Curatola. Newfangled strips and trays are flooding shelves to meet the demand for what he calls "toilet bowl white."
But the victim of a blinding-white smile could be your health. During the stain-removal process, peroxide releases , destroys healthy bacteria, and makes enamel more porous, says Curatola.
To stay safe, he suggests limiting bleaching to once every three months, thoroughly rinsing the mouth with water immediately after lightening, and using an enamel-strengthening toothpaste (like Sensodyne ProNamel) instead of whitening toothpaste. "You want Soft Scrub for the mouth, not Ajax," he says.
Toothpaste claims toget stains off your teeth are often exaggerate their success. Over-the-counter toothpastes, gels, and liquids help remove surface stains. Many of these products contain mild abrasives, chemicals or polishing agents. Unlike bleaches, they don’t change the color of teeth.
Teeth Whitening Kits
A home tooth whitening kit contains peroxides, a bleach that can remove both deep and surface stains -natural tooth color.
If you have coffee-stained teeth, a tooth-bleaching kit can help. With some kits, you apply a peroxide-based gel (with a small brush) to the surface of your teeth. In other kits, the gel is in a tray that molds to the teeth. The tray must be worn daily (for 30 to 45 minutes) for a week or more. But it's hard to keep your teeth dry of saliva for that period of time. It begins to feel like having to force a smile during a 2 hour parade.
Home Whitening Strips
Tooth whitening strips will help get rid of tooth stains. These strips are very thin, virtually invisible -- and are coated with a peroxide-based whitening gel. You wear them a few minutes daily for a week or more. The results with strips are not as dramatic as with teeth whitening kits, but the strips are easy to use and pretty much fool-proof.
Home Remedies for Whiter Teeth
Some people still prefer the age-old home remedy of baking soda and a toothbrush to gently whiten teeth at home. Also, some foods such as celery, apples, pears and carrots trigger lots of saliva -- which helps to scrub away stains on your teeth. Chewing sugarless gum also triggers saliva, which help eliminate teeth stains. A bonus from all that saliva: It neutralizes acid that causes tooth decay. Withteeth, more saliva is better all around.
Tooth Whitening and Dental Work
Tooth whitening of dental veneers, bonding, fillings, crowns, and bridges doesn't work. Bleach will not lighten these manufactured teeth – meaning they will stand out among your newly whitened natural teeth. To match your new tooth shade, you may need to check out getting new veneers or bonding.
Preventing Teeth Stains
Tooth enamel wears away-no new enamel forms after tooth eruption -no matter how much milk you Drink.
The underlying layer, called dentin, is more yellow. That’s why it’s important to avoid teeth stains in the first place – especially after whitening. If you take care with foods and drinks that cause tooth discoloration, the results of teeth whitening may last up to one year. Whitening teeth too often could make them look translucent and blue.
Foods that Cause Teeth Stains
There’s another reason to watch what you eat – some common foods can cause tooth discoloration. Here’s an easy way to tell if a food might be at fault: Anything that can stain a white cotton T-shirt can stain teeth. Tea and coffee stain teeth, for example. Other top offenders are beverages such as tea, dark sodas, and fruit juices. These teeth stains develop slowly and become more noticeable as we age.
More Foods That Stain Teeth
The deep color of these fruits and veggies give them their nutritional punch. But blueberries, blackberries, and beets leave their color on teeth as well. Eat up for your health, and prevent tooth stains by-:Brushing teeth after eating.-Rinsing your mouth with water.
Sports Drinks Tough on Teeth?
While all sweetened drinks are bad for teeth, some energy and sports drinks may be worse. These drinks -- as well as bottled lemonade -- may erode tooth enamel with long-term use. The result is thin, translucent, discolored teeth. To prevent tooth erosion: Don’t sit and sip these drinks for a long time. Try to limit the amount of time your teeth are exposed to acidic foods, dringks,and fruits.
Rinse your mouth with water when finished drinking.
They may be packed with disease-fighting antioxidants, but a glass of red wine, cranberry juice, and grape juice also stain teeth easily. That doesn’t mean you should give them up, but remember to brush or rinse your mouth after you drink.
Medications That Can Stain Teeth
The antibiotic tetracycline cause gray teeth in children whose teeth are still developing. Antibacterial mouthwashes -- containing chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride -- also stain teeth. Some antihistamines, antipsychotic drugs, and antihypertensive medications cause tooth stains, as can iron and excess fluoride. If bleaching doesn’t help, ask Dr. Russell about dental veneers to turn back the effects of Time.
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