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Teeth Whitening Myths

There are many myths when it comes to ways of whitening your teeth. Many people ask questions such as: Are there natural ways to brighten teeth? Does whitening your teeth damage your enamel? Are at home remedies as good as professional ones? Do whitening strips actually work? Does whitening toothpaste really work? Below are some facts and reasons why teeth turn colors as well as methods you can use to help your smile be bright and beautiful.

Why do teeth turn color? The most common reason teeth turn a yellowish color is due to underneath the surface. Underneath your outside layer of enamel is a yellowish core called a dentin. Coffee, tea, soda, acidic foods and natural aging also play a big role in teeth color, however when your dentin becomes closer to the surface because of enamel loss your teeth become and appear more yellow in color. Genetics can also play a part in dentin and the thinning of your enamel.

Options for whitening your teeth. There is typically two different methods to whiten your teeth. One being products that containing bleaching agents that penetrate your enamel and change the color of your tooth. The next option would be whitening toothpastes, gum and mouthwash that essentially removes surface stains because of their abrasive texturing. It can be difficult when trying to decide which one is “better” for you, but overall choosing the professional way is always the safest and smartest. The problem with over the counter toothpaste, gum and mouthwash is that the abrasiveness of the agents will overtime damage your teeth and only remove surface stains.

Safest option(s) for whitening your teeth. Typically your safest option(s) for whitening your teeth are whitening strips and gel(directed by your dentist). It is best to start this process slowly so you do not cause any immediate damage to your enamel, teeth and gums. Using a low potency gel over several weeks is recommended for optimal results. The recommended ways for whitening your teeth may not always work the same for everyone. It is best to consult with your dentist and have them direct you a plan that is the safest and most effective for YOU. Aside from any alternative tooth whitening agent, keeping your mouth healthy with preventative care like brushing a couple times daily, flossing and maintaining a healthy diet will help to sustain those pearly whites.

About Johnson Family Dentistry – Orlando, FL

At Johnson Family Dentistry, we are a dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures that will result in beautiful, long, lasting smiles. We are conveniently located next to Publix Super Market in The Shoppes at Eastwood. Contact us Today at (407) 282-0002. Our Services include the following; Bonding, Crowns & Bridgework, Dental Implants, Fillings, General and Cosmetic Dentistry, Oral Cancer Screenings, Periodontal (Gum) Disease Therapy, Porcelain Veneers, Professional Teeth Cleanings, Removable Dentures, Root Canal Treatment, Sealants, Teeth Whitening, TMJ/TMD Treatment, and Tooth Extractions.

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