Using a Teeth-Whitening Toothpaste

Many people feel that a bright, white smile says a lot about them, especially when making a positive first impression. Over time things like age, tobacco use, foods and dark beverages can dull our smile. There are a few options available to you for whitening your teeth.

Teeth polishing during your six month dental cleaning can help remove some minor surface stains. It’s a good idea to talk to your dentist before starting any tooth-whitening regimen. If your teeth have minor surface stains, you might want to try a tooth-whitening toothpaste.

Brushing your teeth with a tooth-whitening toothpaste is one of the more common options for dealing with teeth that have some minor surface stains. Most brands use a mild form of peroxide bleach as the active ingredient.

When selecting a particular brand, be sure to look for a brand that has earned the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This seal insures that the ADA has researched and tested the product for safety and effectiveness.

The occasional use of tobacco products can cause minor surface stains. However, if you use tobacco products on a regular basis, it will lead to the deeper staining of your teeth that a tooth-whitening toothpaste simply cannot remove. If you use tobacco products on a regular basis, you should talk to your doctor about a tobacco cessation program.

If you have questions about selecting a tooth-whitening toothpaste, or if you are curious about other teeth-whitening options, please feel free to call us at 949-642-9928 to schedule an appointment.

Is Teeth Whitening for YOU?

One of the easiest ways to brighten your smile is also the most popular; teeth whitening. In a day and age where your favorite toothpaste comes with teeth whitening ingredients, you are not far from having fairer pearly whites.

Over time, your teeth will naturally become discolored depending on your habits. If you smoke tobacco, drink strong beverages like tea or coffee or dark wines, your teeth will tend to give away your persistent habits by discoloring your tooth enamel.

Ironically over time as you age, the years of brushing your teeth will naturally wear your enamel thinner as well, revealing the darker dentin beneath.

Medications can also discolor your teeth, in children it can be common antibiotics and for adults, it could be antidepressants or blood pressure medicines that may be the culprit.

The next step up is whitening agents that have peroxide in them that you can apply in the comfort of your own home using a whitening tray with a type of gel that will fit over your teeth for a period of time.

For the most powerful tooth whitening, come into our office and visit our dentists. We will restore your smile with a gel that is both safe and powerful. Teeth whitening is easily one of the most simple, inexpensive and quick ways to improve your cosmetic appearance. Our team at Newport Healthy Smiles is happy to help you look and feel your absolute best!

Keep Your Smile Safe with a Mouth Guard

If you knew you could lose a tooth tomorrow, how would you go about protecting your teeth? It’s amazing how little people think about protecting their teeth until it’s too late.

Mouth guards are there to help you by keeping your teeth protected. When it comes to choosing an appliance, there are many different choices for your smile. One option includes a custom-made mouth guard. Your dentist can create this guard to fit your unique smile for your specific needs. This can dramatically reduce the risk of many oral injuries, such as broken teeth, lost teeth, and even chipped teeth.

Mouth guards can also help with appliance irritations and teeth-grinding habits. Mouth guards protect the insides of your cheeks from tissue damage as well as protect your teeth from wearing down and fracturing. There are many reasons as to why you should talk to your dentist about the safety of mouth guards, especially if you participate in high-contact activities or if you have a teeth-grinding habit. It is better to be protected from a possible injury than to suffer an injury that could have been prevented. Swing by your dental office today and ask about a custom-made mouth guard for your smile and help keep your smile beautiful and protected.

Wear, Tear, and Your Smile

Do you work hard to protect your teeth? Do you ever wonder what else you might be able to do? Do you already know how tough your teeth are—or that your smile may last a lifetime with limited dental work if you care for it well?  We all know that it’s important to brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly. Fortunately, we’re happy to tell you a few things other things you can do to prevent the normal wear on your teeth.

Wear is often caused by teeth grinding or clenching. In fact, this can cause small cracks in your enamel, making your smile more prone to tooth decay. Grinding can also lead to headaches, damage to your jaw, and other pains. Typically, this problem is worse in people who grind hard or who grind often. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do if you suffer from these problems. One option is finding a way to relieve stress or to avoid stressful situations. However, if these don’t work, your dentist can give you’re a mouth guard or a splint, which can stop grinding and clenching.

A second reason for wear is acid, which erodes enamel. As strong as your teeth may be, acid will erode your enamel and consequently weaken them. This problem is especially common in individuals who enjoy many carbonated drink, fruit juices, or alcohol. Similarly, individuals with some health problems (such as acid reflux) can bring acid in your stomach to your mouth. Women who are pregnant also tend to have issues with acid on their teeth. To counteract this problem, we recommend cutting down on acidic drinks. Using mouthwash after finishing your beverages can also help. If you are pregnant, we recommend going to your dentist for a checkup.

Finally, you may wear down your tooth through abrasion. This is typically caused by brushing your teeth incorrectly. If you brush too hard, you may damage your enamel. When you brush, please use gentle, circular motions. If you are concerned about this type of wear, we recommend using a toothbrush with soft or medium bristles or finding non-abrasive toothpaste.

If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us soon. We are excited to hear from you soon.

What to Look for in Your Mouthwash

When you go to the store for mouthwash, are you ever baffled by the array of options? Do you ever wonder why there are so many options, or what each option is good for? Luckily, you can usually discern what different mouthwashes do by its ingredients. To help you get the mouthwash that is best for you, we’re happy to tell about some of the more common ingredients.

Astringent salt: This type of mouthwash is good for covering you bad breath. Unfortunately, this type of mouthwashes might just hide the root of your problem. Fortunately, some mouthwashes neutralize odors by targeting the causes of bad breath. If you have persistent bad breath, please contact your dentist soon.

Whiteners: We all know that an attractive smile can make a great first impression. Fortunately, there are mouthwashes with whitening agents, like peroxide. These mouthwashes are useful for whitening stains and for helping you have the attractive, radiant smile you deserve. These mouthwashes are most effective when combined with thorough brushing and flossing.

Alcohol Free: Some mouthwashes are alcohol-free and some mouthwashes contain up to 27% alcohol. Alcohol carries flavor and acts as an antibacterial, but studies have shown that alcohol-free mouthwashes work just as effectively. However, there are concerns that alcohol consumption leads to oral cancer, but these claims have never been proven.

Would you like to learn more about the benefits of different mouthwashes? If so, please feel free to contact us soon. We are excited to hear from you.