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.

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]

How to Floss Your Teeth

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Did you know that if you floss your teeth as often as you should (once a daily) and correctly, you will use 122 yards of floss in one year? However, on average, only 18 yards are sold per person per year. That’s only 15% of what you should use a year!

Step one, you need to floss your teeth once a day. You do not have to do more than that.

Now on to step two, how to floss your teeth correctly.

According to the American Dental Association, this is how to floss properly:

  • Start with about 18 inches of floss. Wrap most of it around the middle finger of one hand, the rest around the other middle finger.

  • Grasp the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers, and use a gentle shoeshine motion to guide it between teeth.

  • When the floss reaches the gum line, form a C shape to follow the contours of the tooth.

  • Hold the floss firmly against the tooth, and move the floss gently up and down.

  • Repeat with the other tooth, and then repeat the entire process with the rest of your teeth, “unspooling” fresh sections of floss as you go along.

If you have dental work such as a bracket behind your front bottom teeth or braces, ask your dentist for spooling threads to held you thread the floss between your teeth and the dental work. They work much like threaders do for threading a needle.

If you claim that you aren’t coordinated enough to floss or your fingers are too big for your mouth, then try using disposable floss holders. You can find them on the toothpaste/toothbrush aisle in most grocery stores.

Flossing should only take about 3-5 minutes, and it’s easily implemented as part of your bedtime routine if you can’t floss in the morning or during lunch.

On Breastfeeding and Dental Care

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Breastfeeding is a hot topic amongst moms these days. We aren’t going to touch which is best for your baby, breast or bottle, as that is between a mom, her baby, and the baby’s pediatrician. However, we do want to clear up any misnomers that may be out there regarding breastfeeding and oral health.

Many believe that a baby’s new teeth only need to be cleaned and cared for if the baby is bottle fed, as formula is thicker than breastmilk (hence why babies sleep through the night sooner with formula than breastmilk). This is, of course, absolutely not true. Breastmilk still contains some lactic acid, which can erode teeth enamel if not cleaned from the baby’s teeth.

The Canadian Dental Association even offered the following statement this past summer:

The Canadian Dental Association supports breastfeeding as it provides nutritional benefits to the infant and is recognized as an effective preventive health measure.

In the absence of daily oral hygiene care, breastfeeding is one of the many risk factors that may contribute to the development of dental caries. Therefore, it is vital that mouth cleaning or tooth brushing be part of the daily routine for all infants, including those who are breastfed.

CDA Board of Directors – Approved June 2013

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Sesame Street Shows Kids How Long to Brush Their Teeth

You know you’re supposed to brush your teeth for two minutes. You tell your kids the same thing. Unless you keep an egg timer in your kids’ bathroom, chances are they don’t exactly know how long two minutes is. Sesame Street, with the help of Elmo, recently created a little PSA to help kids see exactly how long they need to brush their teeth.

The video can also serve another, just as important purpose. By showing your toddlers this video, you can get them excited about brushing their teeth and mimicking Elmo brushing his. The tune is catchy enough for kids to love, but it may cause an unfortunate side effect in parents–the inability to remove the song from your head.