November 29, 2011

Tooth Whitening for a Better Smile

tooth whiteningA beautiful smile can make impossible thing possible. Have you forgotten the heavenly smile of your daughter when she was just a baby? Unfortunately teeth are whiter in children and the whiteness reduces gradually as we grow older. This depends upon many factors. As we grow older, the enamel of the teeth becomes less porous, leading to easy deposition of dirt. Our eating habit, cigarette smoking, chewing tobacco, some antibiotics like tetracycline, habit of sipping excessive tea or coffee can endanger the white glow of our teeth of childhood. Therefore you need something to restore the whiteness. The teeth whitening procedure is at your service.

Teeth whitening or tooth bleaching is a cosmetic dentistry procedure. The dental surgeon removes the dirt and debris that pile up over your teeth for years with some modern techniques. Practically speaking, any product that can remove the dirt from the teeth can be a teeth whitening substance. This way, toothpaste is also considered as teeth whitener. And undoubtedly, if you brush your teeth regularly and in a scientific way, tooth paste can make your teeth glow for long. Tooth bleaching is a term that signifies artificially whitening teeth to such extent that the white color is much more than normally possible shade.

There are two methods available for teeth whitening – using a controlled laser beam to make the stain material in small particles and a teeth whitening gel that has to be applied over the teeth after wearing a protective tray. The gel contains bleaching materials in the form of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Their duty is to penetrate through the teeth enamel and oxidize the tough stain particles only to be expelled from inside. This debris accumulates over the protective tray.

The chemical can be applied either in a dentist’s chamber or there are take home kits. At the clinic, the doctor will first apply a protective gel over the gums to guard it from the harsh tooth bleaching agents. Then the bleaching gel is applied and the protective tray is put into proper place. After 15-20 minutes, when the bleaching process is over, the tray is removed. Generally the process has to be repeated depending upon the degree of staining. Using laser beams, the dentist tries to penetrate through to the inner dentin layer. In the cases of deep staining, this process only works. The whole procedure should not take more than an hour and you can go home just after the dentist finishes his job.

Tooth whitening is not a permanent procedure. It has to be repeated for some touch ups. The gap for each sitting depends upon the lifestyle of the person.

As every good things has its price, tooth whitening has some potential risks also. Chemical burn injury to the gums caused by bleaching agents is most common. Persons having weak gum (patients of pellagra and difficulty in blood coagulation process) should think twice before adopting a tooth whitening procedure. It is also not suggested below the age of 17 years (when most of the permanent teeth have erupted), pregnant and lactating women.

Home Remedies for Tooth pain

Tooth pain or toothache is one of the most notorious and nagging discomfort one can suffer. You can’t eat your favorite foods, can’t drink the fizzy cola you like or can’t even talk properly. The pain recurs back even after you have taken some pills for it. Really an irritating problem it is. Tooth pain can be surfaced due to many reasons. A dental caries, infected cavity in your tooth, bleeding gums, weak gum, any abscess just under the tooth, a dislodged dental filling, failed procedure of dental root canal treatment or commonly after a spank from your brother – all these can lead to tooth pain. A tooth pain is caused due to irritation in the nerves that innervate the gum. It is supplied by the fifth cranial nerve – the trigeminal nerve. Often pains of non-dental origin can also refer to as tooth pain.

You must visit to your dentist if you have a nagging toothache. But before going to your doctor, try some age-old home remedies to alleviate the pain.

Always keep some painkiller like Ibuprofen, diclofenac and paracetamol tablets at your place. Any combination of these medicines is better than single preparation. You must take these medicines with an antacid tablet.

Chew some ice. Keeping an ice cube over the painful tooth also offer the same effect. The sense of cold makes the nerves numb and the intensity of pain is reduced.

Applying some clove oil over the affected tooth has tremendous healing capacity. Chewing some cloves also give same effect.

Get some fresh guava leaves. Pick the smallest ones. Make a paste and apply over the tooth. Pain will vanish within minutes.

Wheat grass juice may be applied. It has a natural soothing capacity. It has the power to drag out the toxins besides preventing inflammation.

Take equal parts of asafetida powder and lemon juice. Make a paste. Apply the mixture over the painful tooth. Slight warming the mixture yields better result.

Make a paste of Bay Berry bark with vinegar. Warm up it a bit and apply. This is a good preparation for toothache.

Infusion drink using two teaspoonfuls of dried chamomile flowers in a cup of boiling water and steeping for 10 minutes is very much helpful in ease out tooth pain.

Infusion drink made from another herb – Echinacea, is equally helpful.

If you have a cavity in the tooth, clean it with wet cotton or carefully with a toothpick. Then put some cotton soaked with clove oil.

Gurgling with vanilla extract or almond paste mixed with lemon juice is good for toothache.

Cut a small piece of onion. Place it over the gum just beside to the aching tooth. Your pain will be gone within minutes.

A mixture of 3 parts of garlic paste with one part of rock salt is good for tooth pain.

If you have whisky or rum at your place, soak a piece of cotton in it and place over the painful area. Alcohol present in these beverages (almost 48%) is very much helpful to give some relief.

Healthy mouth

mouthCaring for Your Mouth

Basic dental care involves brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, seeing your dentist and/or dental hygienist for regular checkups and cleanings, and eating a mouth-healthy diet, which means foods high in whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and dairy products. Oral health is strongly related to overall health. The mouth is the gateway to the body. Basic life activities—like talking, smiling, tasting, chewing, laughing and swallowing—depend on oral health, which influences overall health. And what we put into our mouths—food, drinks, medications and tobacco products—impacts our overall health and well-being.

Oral health includes:

- Upper and lower jaws
- Gums and the tissues in the mouth
- Linings in the mouth and throat
- Tongue
- Chewing muscles
- Roof of the mouth
- Lips and salivary glands

Keeping Your Mouth Healthy

Today’s hectic lifestyle may seem to leave little time for good dental care. Regular brushing and flossing helps prevent tooth decay and cavities, prevents gum (periodontal) disease and bad breath, keeps the teeth white and free from stains, and saves money (by reducing the need for fillings and other costly procedures). Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Good daily oral care makes the trip to the dentist easy and pain-free. With proper dental hygiene, your teeth will last a lifetime.

Brush Up On Your Brushing Technique

- Always select a SOFT brush, and brush your teeth twice a day.

- Replace your brush every 3 to 4 months. If you are sick, replace your brush when you feel better. Thousands of microbes grow on toothbrush bristles and handles. Most are harmless, but others can cause illnesses or infections, like colds, influenzas, cold sores and periodontal infections.

- You may also use an electric toothbrush that has the American Dental Association seal of approval. Studies suggest that powered toothbrushes with a rotating and oscillating (back-and-forth) action are more effective than other toothbrushes, including other powered toothbrushes. In addition, if you have a habit of brushing too hard, using an electric toothbrush might be a good option for you.

One Minute to a Healthier Mouth

When it comes to healthy habits, let’s face it…some of them are time-consuming. But flossing is not one of them.

Flossing only takes about 60 seconds. Who doesn’t have an extra minute or two in their day? Floss at least once a day. The type of floss you use is not important. Choose the type and flavor you like best. A plastic flossing tool makes flossing easier. If your gums bleed when you floss, the bleeding should stop as your gums become healthier and tighter next to your teeth.

If you’re not in the habit of flossing, challenge yourself to make the time every day. It’s a small change that makes a big difference in the long-run of your oral health. And when it takes so little time, what’s your excuse?

Keep Your Teeth for a Lifetime

Regular dental visits—every six months or as scheduled by your dentist or dental hygienist—will help you learn more about proper care for your teeth and gums. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease and other health problems. Gingivitis (the early stage of periodontal disease) and other abnormal conditions in the mouth are often painless, so you won’t detect them on your own.

If you have dental care coverage, check your plan to learn more about your benefits. Most dental care options encourage good dental hygiene by paying for preventive care, as well as a wide range of other dental services. Schedule regular visits for you and your eligible family members and see your dentist every six months. Start children out early to learn about proper dental care and establish healthy habits to ensure lifelong oral health. Experts recommend that your child’s dental care start at 12 months of age.