Add Milk To Tea To Avoid Tooth Stains

tooth stainsIf you love to drink coffee or tea, you may have noticed that it tends to stain your teeth. There are many whitening methods out there to help, but a recent study has shown that adding milk to your tea may help to avoid tooth stains.

The study, which appeared in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, states that the way tea is processed is what leads to tooth stains. But the study also showed that milk can lower its power to discolor teeth. It may be because of the casein that is in the milk binding with the tannins in the tea which prevents the teeth from being stained.

The study was done using extracted human teeth. Some of the teeth were placed in a solution of tea while others were placed in tea mixed with milk. The teeth were left for 24 hours and the color of the teeth was recorded before and after. Results of the teeth in the tea mixed with milk showed less stains.

Adding Milk To Tea May Limit Staining|Dentistry Today

Top Cosmetic Dental Procedures

cosmetic dental proceduresCosmetic dentistry is popular among many people these days.  A great smile gives a great first impression to others as well as boosting your own self esteem. Cosmetic dental procedures offer a way to reshape your smile and give you the best smile you can have.  According to the Dental Health Site, these are the top 10 cosmetic dental procedures.

Teeth whitening or bleaching – This can be done from home or at the dentists office.  It is used to eliminate tooth stains and discoloration.

Dental implants – This procedure is a better alternative to dentures, because it gives you the kind of teeth that look and feel more natural.  The teeth are planted directly in the bones.

See more here: Cosmetic Dental Procedures – Top 10 Cosmetic Dental Procedures.

Photodynamic Bleaching

photodynamic bleachingPhotodynamic bleaching is a new treatment that many dentists are using and is proving successful in the removal of tough stains from teeth. Certain stains, especially those caused by medications like tetracycline, are very difficult to remove by conventional whitening treatments.  This is where photodynamic bleaching comes in.

First, a whitening gel is applied to the stained tooth.  It is then kept under the laser light for just two minutes for it to start acting on the tooth. Photodynamic bleaching is proven to show an 80 percent improvement on stained teeth.  Read more about it on the Dental Health Site here.

Prepare Your Smile For A Big Event

smileThere are certain times in life when you really want your smile to be at its best.  Maybe a class reunion, a wedding, an interview or a first date, or even family pictures. Some of these things come up more suddenly and you may not have enough much time to get your smile at its best.

When you are short on time, the best thing you can do to improve your smile is to bleach your teeth. You can schedule an appointment with your dentist or purchase a teeth whitening product from the store. In office whitening sessions are more pricey and can be anywhere from $500 and up. Over the counter treatments are less expensive, around $20. Whitening treatments are good for covering up stains on the tooth surface.

If you are thinking about a more serious smile makeover you may consider porcelain veneers.  If you have an important event coming up that you know about ahead of time this might be a great option, if you have the funds!  Veneers are a great option if you have crooked teeth or chipped or cracked teeth.

Find out more information about ways to prepare your smile for a big event by reading the full article from Everyday Health here:   How To Prepare Your Smile For A Special Event|Everyday Health

What Is Bleachorexia?

bleachorexiaIf the quest to getting your teeth whiter and whiter is driving you a little crazy, dental professionals have a new diagnosis for your condition.  It’s called bleachorexia. This term is used to describe and addictive obsession with bleaching teeth to the point that it affects a person’s dental health.

If you have bleachorexia, you need to set some more realistic expectations about teeth whitening. Teeth become stained over time from foods and drinks, tobacco use, even certain medications.  Whitening products rely on bleach to make your teeth look brighter and whiter.

There are different ways for someone to bleach their teeth.  They can visit the dentist to receive in office bleaching. The can purchase at home bleaching kits that use a gel and trays to put on your teeth.  There are also teeth whitening toothpastes.

The problem is, any one of these methods can be done too much.  You know you’ve gone too far with teeth whitening when your teeth begin to look translucent.  There are also certain risks involved with obsessive bleaching. Teeth bleaching can make your teeth more sensitive to hot and cold. Your gums, palate and throat can become irritated from the bleach over time. Also, it is possible to wear away the outer coating of your teeth if you bleach too frequently.

If you fear you may suffer from bleachorexia, there are some things you can do to whiten your teeth the right way.  First, choose your teeth whitening system carefully. Talk with your dentist to find the right solution and don’t use too high of concentrations of peroxide.  Once your teeth are white, they should stay white as long as you stay away from staining foods, drinks and tobacco.  You don’t need to continue whitening them, unless they get stained again. Lastly, if your teeth have been discolored as the result of medications or other issues, you may want to consider porcelain veneers.  These are like shells that cover your teeth, and while expensive, can result in a beautiful smile.

Could You Have Bleachorexia?|Everyday Health