January is a time for resolutions and making changes. What are some of your goals? If any of them have to do with getting a better, whiter smile or having great oral health, we can help! Your dental health has a lot to do with your overall health, both physically and emotionally. When you take care of your teeth, your body can actually be healthier. If you love your smile, you will show it off more and it can make you more confident. Whether you’re seeking better oral health or a whiter smile through teeth whitening, we can give you the tips you need to reach your goals this year!
Oral Health and Physical Health
Many people don’t realize it, but oral health can affect your overall health. In fact, when it comes to the most common diseases that people get, the most common ones are diseases of the mouth. Tooth decay is the “most prevalent, chronic disease” according to the National Institutes of Health. It affects more than 92% of people by age 18 and more than 96% after age 65. You may know tooth decay by it’s other names of “cavities” or “dental decay”.
When the teeth are not properly brushed, flossed, and cared for through diet, they can deteriorate permanently. Dead spaces in the teeth can form, which can develop infection that leads to the center of the teeth. This is where delicate blood vessels and nerves lie. Infections in the teeth can cause whole-body infections, plus, the health of your teeth will affect the gums and other soft tissues of the mouth, leading to gum disease. These common diseases come from simply not caring for the teeth enough, and they can affect not only your physical health, but your confidence!
Great Oral Health Habits for White Teeth
If you’re on top of your oral health through proper oral health habits, good for you! The best way to keep your teeth healthy, white and free of disease is to have habits such as:
- Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, for 2 minutes at a time, as recommended by the American Dental Association. Brush all the teeth in all different directions, especially before bedtime.
- Floss all your teeth 1-2 times a day, which will help get 40% of tooth surfaces that brushing can miss.
- Use mouthwash to kill extra bacteria in the mouth.
- Use fluoride treatments or oral health products with fluoride in them to make your teeth stronger and more resistant to acids and erosion.
- Make sure your diet is low in sugar, as sugar is what creates acidic plaque in the mouth that leads to tooth color changes and decay.
Brighten Your Smile in 2020
Do you follow all these oral health care recommendations? Bravo! Now, how about getting that whiter smile during the new year? Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure. Most patients are eligible to have teeth whitening done, but that is only if there are not other oral health care issues going on.
The first thing that will occur during your teeth whitening evaluation is a thorough cleaning of your teeth. This is to remove plaque or material that has collected on the surface or between your teeth so Dr. Niles can fix dental issues and make you eligible for teeth whitening. Following this cleaning, a dental exam will be performed to look for any tooth decay, cracks, or gum disease that could cause problems during the teeth whitening procedure. (Bleaches can cause irritations if these conditions are present.) To help assess the current shade of your teeth and the desired shade, photos may be taken of your teeth to aid in the whitening process.
If you’re eligible–and most are–an in-office whitening can safely brighten your smile by 8 to 12 shades in just one office visit. This whitening treatment is the perfect restorative dental solution if:
- You have discolored and stained teeth.
- Are seeking significant results in a short amount of time.
- Have a busy schedule with no time for multiple office visits.
- You have sensitive teeth and gums.
Professional in-office teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure in the world today. In-office whitenings used to treat tooth discolorations that result from aging and consumption of certain foods–notably, coffee, tobacco red wine, sodas, and dark-colored vegetables and fruits. However, your busy schedule may not allow an office visit, which would mean you choose one of our at-home whitening kits.
These will include custom-fit trays with our dental-grade whitening material you can’t get in stores or over-the-counter. To ensure these whitening trays fit your smile comfortably, we will first take an impression of your mouth to create customized, clear whitening trays for home. When your trays are ready, we’ll show you the at-home whitening process from start to finish and how to use the materials. The whitening gel trays should be worn 30-60 minutes, 1-2 times a day.
Your Whiter Smile
We recommend patients do our in-office whitening, as it’s shorter and helps your teeth be less sensitive in the long run. Unlike at-home whitening systems that incorporate low-dose bleaching agents, your in-office whitening will take place under carefully monitored conditions with Dr. Niles. The amount of bleaching gel you are given is safe, controlled, and doesn’t cause you pain. Thicker peroxide gels and the use of desensitizers, such as potassium nitrate and fluoride, help prevent gum and tooth sensitivity during the teeth whitening procedure.
In just an hour, your teeth will be whiter for up to several years. If you want to start you new year off with a bang, call Niles Family Dentistry today at (720) 744-0001!