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By v2dentistry26513402, Jun 15 2017 10:27PM

Brushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your teeth bright, white and healthy. Still, if you might feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or is more yellow than it used to be, you’re not alone. When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they’d most like to improve about their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists also found that nearly 90% of patients requested tooth whitening.

Thinking about teeth whitening? Get the facts first. Here are five of the most commonly asked questions about the process.

1. Why Did My Teeth Change Color?

Over time, your teeth can go from white to not-so-bright for a number of reasons:

Food and Drink

Coffee, tea and red wine are some major staining culprits. What do they have in common? Intense color pigments called chromogens that attach to the white, outer part of your tooth (enamel).

Tobacco Use

Two chemicals found in tobacco create stubborn stains: Tar and nicotine. Tar is naturally dark. Nicotine is colorless until it’s mixed with oxygen. Then, it turns into a yellowish, surface-staining substance.


Below the hard, white outer shell of your teeth (enamel) is a softer area called dentin. Over time, the outer enamel layer gets thinner with brushing and more of the yellowish dentin shows through.


If you’ve been hit in the mouth, your tooth may change color because it reacts to an injury by laying down more dentin, which is a darker layer under the enamel.


Tooth darkening can be a side effect of certain antihistamines, antipsychotics and high blood pressure medications. Young children who are exposed to antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline when their teeth are forming (either in the womb or as a baby) may have discoloration of their adult teeth later in life. Chemotherapy and head and neck radiation can also darken teeth.

2. How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening is a simple process. Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.

3. Does Whitening Work on All Teeth?

No, which is why it’s important to talk to your dentist before deciding to whiten your teeth, as whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellow teeth will probably bleach well, brown teeth may not respond as well and teeth with gray tones may not bleach at all. Whitening will not work on caps, veneers, crowns or fillings. It also won’t be effective if your tooth discoloration is caused by medications or a tooth injury.

4. What Are My Whitening Options?

Talk to your dentist before starting. If you are a candidate, there are three ways to put the shine back in your smile:

• Whitening Toothpastes

All toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives that scrub the teeth. Look for the ADA Seal for safe whitening toothpastes that have special chemical or polishing agents to provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these types of ADA Accepted products do not change the color of teeth because they can only remove stains on the surface.

• In-Office Bleaching

This procedure is called chairside bleaching and usually requires only one office visit. The dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums. Bleach is then applied to the teeth.

• At-Home Bleaching

Peroxide-containing whiteners actually bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a tray that fits on your teeth. You may also use a whitening strip that sticks to your teeth. The concentration of the bleaching agent is lower than what your dentist would use in the office.

5. Are There Any Side Effects from Teeth Whitening?

Some people who use teeth whiteners may experience tooth sensitivity. That happens when the peroxide in the whitener gets through the enamel to the soft layer of dentin and irritates the nerve of your tooth. In most cases the sensitivity is temporary. You can delay treatment, then try again.

Overuse of whiteners can also damage the tooth enamel or gums, so be sure to follow directions and talk to your dentist.

By v2dentistry26513402, Jun 6 2017 05:31PM

Sunday is Father's Day, the annual holiday where Americans celebrate the men who made them. You may love dear old dad, but how much do you actually know about the observance in his honor? Brush up on your Father's Day background before the big Sunday barbecue.

Father's Day officially began in 1910 in Spokane, Washington, where 27-year-old Sonora Dodd proposed it as a way to honor the man who raised her when her mom died in childbirth. Dodd was at a church service thinking about how grateful she was for her father when she had the idea for Father's Day, which would mirror Mother's Day but be celebrated in June -- her dad's birthday month.

The movement grew for years but didn't gain national-event status until 1924 under former President Calvin Coolidge. He said it would "establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children" and "impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations," according to the Library of Congress Wise Guide.

The holiday gained traction during World War II, and in 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the third Sunday of June to be Father's Day. President Richard Nixon made it a federal holiday six years later.

Today, Father's Day has a passionate following, with about three-quarters of Americans telling the National Retail Federation they plan to celebrate on Sunday. Here are more facts about the holiday:

1. Census data shows there are more than 70.1 million dads in the U.S. About a third of them are married with kids under 18.

2. Two million fathers are single.

3. Spending on Father's Day will reach about $12.7 billion this year, with the average person spending about $115.57 on presents. That's about $2 more than last year's average.

4. Father's Day is the fourth-biggest day for sending greeting cards, after Christmas, Valentine's Day and Mother's Day, according to the Greeting Card Association.

5. About 20 percent of Father's Day cards are bought for husbands.

6. More than 214,000 men are stay-at-home dads.

7. Thailand's Father's Day is celebrated in December, on the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Everyone wears yellow.

8. On Father's Day in Germany, men drink all day at beer gardens.

By v2dentistry26513402, May 11 2017 04:58PM

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Our special day this year is May 14, which is traditionally celebrated on the second Sunday of every year. Some fascinating facts about Mother’s Day from will make you want to pick up the phone and call that special lady in your life!

-Anna Jarvis is credited with the spark that inspired President Woodrow Wilson to declare Mother’s Day an official holiday in 1914. She had no children, and tirelessly campaigned for a special day for moms.

-In the USA, over $14 billion dollars is spent on Mother’s Day each year.

-At least 122 million phone calls to mom are made on Mother’s Day each year.

-Top gifts for mom include candy, flowers, jewelry, gift cards, and going out to eat.

-The oldest person to ever give birth was Satyabhama Mahapatra, a 65-year-old retired schoolteacher in India, on April 9, 2003. (it was a boy)

-Pink and Red carnations are given to mothers who are still alive, and white ones are for those who have passed away.

-In Yugoslavia, children tie their mothers up on Mother’s Day, and the only way she can free herself is to give the kids treats.

-One fourth of all flowers purchased throughout the year are bought specifically for Mother’s Day

By v2dentistry26513402, Jan 24 2017 07:57PM

On Valentine's Day, 2009, 39,897 couples, friends and families got together in Mexico City, and kissed for 10 seconds. It's the world record for the most simultaneous kisses.

110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.

During the Roman Festival of Lupercalia in the 15th century, young men held a lottery to decide which girl would be theirs.

California produces 60 percent of American roses. However, the vast number of Valentine’s Day roses are imported, mostly from South America.

73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.

About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. That’s the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.

In Victorian times, it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine's Day card.

About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.

Approximately 25 percent of Valentine’s Day cards are humorous.

Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts.

The oldest love poem was written on a clay tablet It dates back to ancient Sumeria, around 3500 B.C.

In 1866, candy manufacturer NECCO made the first “Conversation Hearts”, originally called “Motto Hearts”. Eight billion of these little candies are sold between New Years day and February 14.

More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day.

Alexander Graham Bell applied for a patent for the telephone, on Valentine's Day, 1876.

Cupid is associated with Valentine's Day because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty.

Cupid appears holding a bow and arrow, because he is believed to use magical arrows to inspire feelings of love.

By v2dentistry26513402, Nov 1 2016 09:46PM

Okay, we know it’s naïve and unreasonable to think foods that may not be the best for your teeth still won’t go into your mouth. Passing up grandma’s famous sugary apple pie just isn’t an option. However, there is good news: many foods on the Thanksgiving table actually are okay for your pearly whites!

1. Turkey. Yep! Turns out the bird is good for your teeth. It’s high in protein, which, combined with calcium and vitamin D, helps keep teeth and bones strong.

2. Dairy. You know the secret ingredient to those mashed potatoes, right? Dairy! Dairy products are low in acid and sugar—which is good for your teeth. It’s also high in calcium, which we’ve established helps strengthen teeth.

3. Cranberries. Cranberry sauce is a staple on the Thanksgiving table. Cranberries are rich in nutrients, including vitamins C and A, beta-carotene and potassium, among others. They also help protect your teeth by interfering with a bacteria in your mouth that forms plaque. Best of all? If you make your own, you can control the amount of sugar that goes into it. Reducing sugar even a little goes a long way.

4. Orange vegetables, like pumpkin, carrot and squash, contain vitamin A. Our bodies use it to form tooth enamel.

5. Onions. Onions contain compounds that kill bacteria in your mouth that cause harm to your teeth and gums. Raw onions are best for this purpose, but we know they’re more likely to show up in other dishes for flavor.

6. Pomegranates—and other raw fruits. Pomegranates and other raw fruits are good for your teeth. Pomegranates in particular help remove plaque. And, the high Vitamin C content keeps your gums healthy.

Again, we get it. You’re most likely aren’t going to eat all tooth-friendly foods this Thanksgiving. Just be sure to brush your teeth afterward.

Remember, don’t let your oral hygiene habits slide during this busy holiday season!

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