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.