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Don’t Just Dream Of A White Christmas…Do Something About It!

Monday, December 18th, 2017

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This time of year is often packed with an increase in family fun, get-togethers, vacations, smiles and laughter, and more picture-taking than ever! With all those photo-ops and smiles, it’s easy to start worrying about the state of your smile. Are you dreaming of a whiter smile this Christmas?

Check out these brightening and whitening tips for whiter teeth this year and always!

Simple Tips To Whiten, Brighten, And Minimize Stains At Home

1. Use A Whitening Toothpaste

Today’s whitening toothpastes are not as harsh on your teeth as those in the past. New formulas help to whiten and brighten, as well as prevent new stains from taking hold as you sip on coffee or wine this holiday season! Ask us about specifics based on your oral health.

2. Try An Electric Toothbrush

Did you know that the vibration of an electric toothbrush can help prevent bacteria from sticking to surfaces in your mouth? No matter what brush you’re using, be sure to replace the bristles every three months. (Or sooner if you see signs of wear and tear and bent bristles). Worn bristles don’t clean as well, meaning particles can remain and cause stains or damage to your enamel.

3. Brush Your Tongue, Too!

Your tongue can accumulate bacteria, just like any other part of your mouth. This can contribute to discoloration on teeth surfaces. Be sure to rinse your brush well after brushing, so that it is fresh for next time (1).

4. Rinse After Acidic Foods Or Beverages

Acidic foods and beverages, such as citrus fruits and soda, can leave behind damaging acid on the teeth. Rinse your mouth with cool water to wash away any residue and prevent erosion. Bacteria buildup and damage can also occur from sugary juices and sports drinks, so drink them in moderation and rinse afterwards too.

5. Sip With A Straw

Beverages that have a tendency to stain your teeth, such as iced tea, coffee, fruit juices, or even sodas are a common source of discoloration. The stains these beverages cause occur slowly, over time, and can seem to sneak up on you after years of usage. The next time you’re out shopping, buy some straws – and start sipping through a straw to minimize the contact these drinks have with your tooth enamel (1, 3).

6. Choose Lipstick Wisely

Do you enjoy wearing lipstick or gloss? Color tints containing cherry reds, wine hues, and blue tones give the effect of making teeth look whiter. Stay away from orange undertones in your lip color, which can bring out the yellow appearance of your teeth (1).

7. Fruits And Vegetables

Diets high in fruits and vegetables have been shown to benefit both your body and your teeth. Crunchy, raw fruits and veggies like celery, apples and carrots help rub away plaque as you chew. They also cause increased saliva production in the mouth, which helps neutralize acidity, wash away bacteria, and keep the mouth fresher.

Strawberries and pineapple have been found to be particularly helpful in keeping the teeth white and bright, though studies show they are more helpful for prevention than removal of stains (2, 3).

Professional Tips For Whiter, Brighter Smiles

Professional whitening, depending on your exact needs, is one of the best way to get teeth as white as possible. You’ll see results faster and more fully than with the daily habits and tips we’ve discussed so far. If you want significant results, we recommend getting a professional whitening treatment, then maintaining your results to prevent new stains with the tips listed above for as long as possible. Here is what to expect with a professional whitening service at our office:

Zoom Whitening

Zoom whitening is the top professional whitening procedure for several reasons. It’s fast, easy, and pain-free, and you see results in just one visit. It has been shown to be safe and effective, without harm to the other tissues in the mouth.

Ask us about our whitening program called “Whitening for Life.” With a one-time fee, you will receive custom-fitted whitening trays along with our professional-strength whitening gel! Twice yearly, at the completion of your hygiene visits, you’ll receive free whitening gel for as long as you remain a patient of record.

Here’s what that means: You can have a brilliantly white smile, free from staining or darkness. And the best part is that you will be able to maintain your white smile for a lifetime!

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Maintain Your Procedure With Healthy Habits

After any whitening procedure, it’s important to keep up with regular dental hygiene habits and maintenance for better and longer results. This means brushing and flossing daily. And don’t forget to rinse with water after dark or staining foods and drinks.

It also means keeping on schedule with your regular professional dental cleanings. And, as described, another benefit of being a practice member at our office: Our “Whitening for Life” program that will keep your teeth oh so white! (4).

We Are Ready To Help You Have A White Christmas & New Year!

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We’re wishing you a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season! We’re here to answer questions, help you make the best decision for your goals, or schedule your next whitening procedure. Give us a call at (513) 251-5500.



‘Tis the Season for a Healthy Holiday Mouth

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

The holidays bring cherished time with the family and some of the year’s most-anticipated treats and food indulgences.

But with all the sought after entrees, yummy appetizers, and of course decadent desserts, we still want you to keep your teeth healthy over these next few weeks.

Here are 6 tips we’ve come up with to make sure your teeth stay healthy into next year:

1. Make a conscious effort to drink water.
Getting enough water each day will make sure you help work to “rinse out” the mouth after consuming sweets. But more importantly, by mixing up the orange juice, eggnog, or hot cider with the occasional good old glass of water, you’ll also cut down on the amount of sweet beverages you are consuming altogether.

2. Limit the hard candy.
Hard candy sticks to our teeth—as it sits there, in as little as 20 minutes, it is doing damage to your teeth! Once your protective teeth enamel is weakened, you are much more prone to tooth decay. Considering have only one or two, and leaving the rest for Santa!

3. …And the same goes for chewy candy and treats!
Yes, that means the caramel sweets and treats! If you can, rinse your mouth out with water and brush your teeth when you have a chance.

4. Don’t get too nutty!
Those nuts that are out on the table at all those holiday parties: go ahead and eat them, since they are packed with iron, magnesium, Vitamin E, and more. But just don’t crack the nuts with your teeth.

5. Don’t forget your routine.
If you are traveling, don’t forget to bring your floss along with you. If you do end up forgetting it, remind yourself that your teeth make up less than a third of the surface area of your mouth—so that means brushing your teeth is truly not enough…

Just know that keeping up with your regular flossing can make a big difference to combat all the holiday treats! Even if you’re busy this holiday season (and who isn’t?), it’ll be worth the couple of minutes it takes you each day!

6. Don’t take your teeth for granted!
Have you ever popped-open a bottle with your teeth? Or maybe you have ripped a tag of a new t-shirt, or off of a new gift of some kind, using your teeth. People have even been known to bend their forks or to try to open containers like nail polish using their teeth, believe it or not! Well, our teeth shouldn’t be treated in this way.

This holiday season, don’t forget your common sense—using your teeth as if they were tools can crack your teeth, or in some cases, break the edge of a teeth if that teeth is already weak. That’s not exactly the kind of holiday memory you want to have this year!

Want a White Christmas this holiday season? Ask us about Zoom! Teeth Whitening
—by using Zoom!, you can pick out YOUR desired shade of white…white teeth, that is! We wish you and your family a happy holiday season this year. If we don’t see you this month, we will see you in the New Year.