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When you take a picture, or look at yourself in the mirror, do you desire to have whiter teeth? If so, you have probably gone to the store and picked up a brand of toothpaste that promised to whiten your teeth, right? But…how do whitening toothpastes work (if they work at all)?

 

No matter what kind of toothpaste you use, it will contain mild abrasives. These mild abrasives are what will cause the surface stains on your teeth to be removed through brushing. These surface stains are the ones that are caused by consuming things like coffee or using tobacco products. If a toothpaste is considered a ‘whitening toothpaste,’ it may also contain a chemical compound or a polishing agent that will provide additional whitening benefits.

 

 

Unfortunately, what whitening toothpaste lack is bleaching agent—peroxide. The lack of peroxide present in whitening toothpaste means that the toothpaste will not lighten stains that are deeper in your tooth than the surface. Some whitening toothpaste contains something called blue covarine. Blue covarine covers the surface of your teeth and makes them appear whiter right away. However, blue covarine does not actually make your teeth whiter.

 

If you are looking for a whitening toothpaste to use, always look for a product that contains a seal of approval from the American Dental Association or another dental organization. This seal shows that the toothpaste does what it says it will, and is healthy/safe for you.

 

If you are not fully satisfied by the whitening that a toothpaste can provide, ask your dentist or your dental hygienist about what other whitening products are available for you to use. These products include over-the-counter and professional systems from your dentist. Please note that, depending on why your teeth are stained, whitening products might have no effect on your teeth’s color.

 

Are you interested in teeth whitening in Rockville, MD?

 

If you are interested in having whiter and brighter teeth, feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuels today to evaluate your options!

Cosmetic dentistry is one of the fastest growing areas of dentistry. Everyone has a desire to have a smile that is beautiful and helps to build their confidence. Within cosmetic dentistry, tooth whitening is the most requested procedure/treatment that we get at our practice in Rockville, MD

 

But, what if you could avoid staining your teeth to begin with, and didn’t need a teeth whitening system? You can; you just have to be careful about what you are eating. Additionally, being careful about what you eat is a great way to make sure your teeth stay bright after your tooth whitening system is complete. 

 

While tooth enamel is the strongest part of our body, it is quite fragile and susceptible to staining. Your enamel is covered in microscopic ridges and valleys that can cause particles of dark foods and drinks to get stuck on your teeth, and cause staining to your enamel, which is usually translucent.

 

Three beverages that cause a lot of staining are coffee, tea, and cola. The reason that these three beverages cause staining is due to their acidic content and dark pigments. Due to the acid that they contain, they can actually cause your enamel to wear away and expose your root dentin, which will give your tooth a more yellow color. Even if your enamel is not wearing away, the dark pigments still have a tendency to get stuck in your enamel and cause your teeth to look darker. 

 

In addition to the beverages listed below, there are many foods that can cause your teeth to stain. The foods that cause the most staining are ones that contain artificial coloring, like fruit juice, gummies, tomato sauce, and popsicles. Other foods that can cause discoloration are foods that contain a lot of acid like grapefruit, lemons, and other citric fruits. 

 

Something to keep in mind when determining if a food will stain your teeth is: “If the food or beverage would stain a white shirt, it will more than likely stain your tooth enamel/teeth.” 

 

Even if you avoid the aforementioned foods and beverages, you still need to maintain good brushing, flossing, and use of mouthwash. When buying these products, make sure that they contain fluoride to help rebuild your tooth enamel.

 

Are you looking for a tooth whitening product in Rockville, MD?

 

If you have tooth discoloration, and have a desire for whiter teeth, Dr. Samuels recommends visiting your dentist ASAP. If your teeth are discolored for certain reasons, your teeth are not able to be whitened by a whitening product. If you are in need of a dentist, and want to receive a consultation about your teeth, feel free to contact us today to schedule an appointment.



11140 Rockville Pike, Ste 510
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 881-4200
drj@drjsamuels.com
 

   

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