Posts for: January, 2019
Find out how to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best after teeth whitening.
You just turned to our Huntersville, NC, cosmetic dentist Dr. JC Duncan for professional whitening treatment and you are in love with your whiter smile. So, how do you keep your results looking their best for as long as possible? While you can turn to professional in-office whitening for a refresher, we know that the goal is to maintain your results so that you don’t have to keep coming in for whitening treatment. Here’s what you can do,
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
This involves brushing a minimum of twice a day and flossing daily. After all, the only way to keep teeth looking their best is to provide them with as thorough an at-home cleaning as possible. To keep your smile looking its best you may choose to brush with whitening toothpaste.
Just don’t forget to brush your tongue too, as bacteria can build up on the tongue and spread to your teeth and cause stains. When you brush you should be spending a minimum of two minutes each time brushing your teeth. Floss once a day, preferably before bedtime.
Avoid Stain-Causing Foods and Drinks
One of the best ways to keep your teeth looking their whitest is to avoid the foods and drinks that caused the stains in the first place. While we know that some foods and drinks may be difficult to avoid altogether, it’s at least important to limit exposure to your smile if you want to keep your teeth white. Some of these offending foods and drinks include,
- Coffee and tea
- Sodas and energy drinks
- Citrus foods
- Processed foods
- Dark-colored condiments (e.g. tomato sauce)
If you have to enjoy that morning cup of coffee it’s recommended that you drink chilled and through a straw, as this can limit how much contact your teeth have with the dark liquid.
Come in for Professional Cleanings
Even with the best at-home dental care in place, you will still need to visit your Huntersville dentist every six months for professional cleanings and to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy. During these cleanings we can remove minor surface stains that have built up over the last six months, allowing you to keep those whitening results for longer.
Use At-Home Whitening Products
You may also choose to use some whitening products from the comfort of your own home. Talk to your dentist about professional at-home whitening for keeping your results fresh or turn to over-the-counter methods as a way to prevent stains from forming.
If you are interested in getting professional teeth whitening in Huntersville, NC, then call our dental office today to find out if you are an ideal candidate for this cosmetic treatment. Get started on a brighter smile by calling (704) 948-1300!
“Don’t panic” is your first priority when faced with a sudden mouth injury. Of course, that may be easier said than done when you or a family member has just experienced a chipped, fractured or even dislodged tooth.
It helps, therefore, to have some idea beforehand on what to do and, especially, when to do it. You should think in terms of immediate, urgent and less urgent injuries: a tooth completely knocked out of its socket requires immediate action — within 5 minutes of the injury; a tooth that’s moved out of its normal position but still in the socket is an urgent matter that needs professional attention within 6 hours; and a chipped tooth is less urgent, but still needs to be seen by a dentist within 12 hours.
As you may have gathered, the most important thing you can do when a dental injury occurs is to contact our office as soon as possible. If for some reason you can’t, you should visit the nearest emergency center.
There are also some actions you should take for a knocked-out permanent tooth because there’s a chance it can be replanted in the socket if you act within 5 minutes of the injury. First, rinse the tooth with cold, clean water (bottled or tap) if it’s dirty. Be sure to handle it gently, avoiding touching the root. Grasping the crown-end with your thumb and index finger, place the tooth into the empty socket and push it firmly into place. Apply light but firm pressure with your hand or a wad of wet tissue to make sure it doesn’t come out. Don’t worry about correct alignment — we can adjust that later during examination.
If the tooth is chipped or broken, try to locate the broken pieces — it may be possible to re-bond them to the tooth. You should store them in a container with milk or the injured person’s saliva (the same can be done for a knocked out tooth if reinserting it isn’t practical). The broken pieces should then be transported with the injured person to emergency treatment.
Taking these actions may not ultimately save a traumatized tooth, but they will certainly raise its chances for survival.
If you would like more information on preventing and treating dental injuries, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”