Treating Yellow Teeth

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No one likes it when they have yellow teeth. It prevents many from smiling and can lower self esteem. If you know what the cause behind the yellow teeth is, you can treat it and prevent further yellowing.

Causes of Yellow Teeth

Natural Causes

As cruel as it can be, sometimes a person’s teeth aren’t as white as others are naturally. A tooth’s enamel is typically white, but the dentin layer underneath is yellow. If the enamel isn’t mineralized properly, it will be translucent, so the yellow dentin will show through. The only way to fix this problem is to talk to your dentist about advanced methods to whiten your teeth.

Aging

The older you get, the yellower your teeth will get, no matter how great you are about taking care of your teeth. As you age, your enamel wears down, so the yellow dentin is more visible.

Oral Hygiene

This really should go without saying, but just in case, bad oral hygiene will yellow your teeth. Not brushing, not flossing, and not visiting your dentist for regular cleanings will always lead to yellow teeth.

Eating Habits

Certain food and drinks will stain your teeth. Tobacco, whether you smoke or chew, will also stain your teeth.

 Treating Yellow Teeth

There are a few things you can do to treat your yellow teeth. Of course, the big ones are to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. You should also try to brush your teeth after consuming staining foods and beverages, such as soda and coffee. You can use over-the-counter whitening strips as well, found at practically every grocery store or pharmacy.

If you need more advanced whitening, talk to your dentist about it. Your dentist may be able to professionally whiten them with bleaching or possibly recommend porcelain veneers.

How to Check for Bad Breath

Bad Breath

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In a panic with how your breath smells even though you brushed your teeth this morning? Several people have quick methods for how to check for bad breath, but only one is foolproof with no false hope.

Don’t quickly puff a breath into your cupped hand and smell it, because that often will not smell great, even after brushing your teeth. Instead, lick your wrist, let it dry for roughly 10 seconds, and then smell that.

If you notice that you have bad breath more often than normal, even after brushing your teeth, you could have a serious health problem called halitosis. You can do several things to mask the odor, but none will remove the cause of the bad breath.

Sometimes halitosis is caused by poor dental hygiene, but if you brush and floss regularly and still have bad breath, you have another problem at hand. It could be caused by certain medications, your current diet, diabetes, using tobacco, or acid reflux issues. It can also be caused by serious periodontal problems such as periodontitis, gingivitis, or tooth decay.[..Read More]

New Game to Teach Kids How to Brush

ToothsaversStatistics show that less than half of American children brush their teeth twice a day and that tooth decay is our nation’s most common chronic childhood disease. The two definitely go hand in hand.

To help combat this, the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives have released a new mobile game, Toothsavers. It’s available for both iOS and Android, and it helps make brushing teeth fun by asking kids to save a kingdom in the game with the swipe of their toothbrush. The battles go on for two minutes, the recommended time it takes to brush teeth.¬† Also, by playing twice a day, the kids can unlock new characters.[..Read More]

Hair Care More Important to Americans than Dental Care

This most likely surprises no one. According to a recent survey, Americans spend $100 billion annually on hair care products and only $2 billion on dental care products. Granted, most people burn through shampoo and mousse more quickly than a tube of toothpaste, but this doesn’t entirely account for the vast difference between $100 and $2 billion.

Are hair products also more expensive than dental products? Quite possibly. However, this statistic also points out how few dental care products people actually buy. If everyone was as good about replacing their toothbrushes, buying toothpaste, and flossing, these dollar amounts would be much closer together.

Everyone should replace their toothbrushes every 3 months, or sooner if the bristles have been flattened before that time. You should also go through at least one spool of floss in three months.

Just think…every time you buy a new bottle of shampoo or conditioner (probably conditioner as you will use less of it), think if it is time to replace a toothbrush. Next time you replace your scrunchies, ask yourself when you last bought a new toothbrush or floss. If you can’t remember when, it’s definitely time to replace your toothbrush. If you can’t remember when you last bought floss, then you probably aren’t flossing enough.

Remember, the more you spend in upkeep with your dental products means the less you get to spend in a dental office fixing problems.

New Dental Resolutions for 2014

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With the new year, we’re sure you’re making a resolution or two for yourself that may include eating healthier, exercising more, or cutting back on your number of commitments. Many people resolve to be a little healthier in the next year, but they rarely consider resolving to improve their dental health. Naturally, we have a few suggestions.

Resolve to floss.

People rarely need to be reminded to brush their teeth regularly. However, very few remember to floss. If you don’t floss at all, start implementing the routine slowly. Commit to flossing once a week. Pick a specific day at a specific time that you know you can set aside a few extra minutes for flossing. Once that becomes habit, add another day. Then another. Before you know it, flossing will become part of your daily routine and both your teeth and your dentist will thank you for it. Most likely, your wallet will thank you too.[..Read More]