Teeth Whitening: Tooth Bleaching or Tooth Bonding?

Teeth Whitening Approach

A regular visit to a dentist or dental hygienist to clean your teeth is more than enough to have a white teeth and a perfect smile but for some people who just can’t be satisfied by cleaning alone then a tooth whitening or tooth bonding may be a better solution.

Tooth Bleaching

This is the most common way of whitening the teeth. Either you have a dentist do it for you or get home buy some OTC teeth whitening kits and do it yourself. The side effect, sensitivity but not for long.

Many tooth whitening kits prescribed by dentists today contain a solution of 10-15% carbamide peroxide. When done under the supervision of your dentist, at-home teeth whitening is very effective.

Tooth Bonding

It uses porcelains or composite resins/veneers to cover the surface of the stained teeth and give it a nice, even appearance to broken or misshapen teeth. One of the two teeth bonding techniques can be done.

Composite Bonding

This is done by slightly reducing the front teeth to prevent bulky-ness when the veneers is applied. Microscopic grooves are then etched into the tooth surface with a mild acid. A composite resin matched to the color of the surrounding teeth is applied to the tooth, contoured into shape, set using a curing light, and finally smoothed and polished.

Veneer Bonding

This is made to match the shape and color of your teeth. Much stronger veneers will be porcelains while composite veneers are less expensive. With porcelain veneers, the dentist takes an impression of the tooth and sends it to the dental lab for fabrication of the veneer, usually after the front of the tooth has been reduced.

Can Newly Whitened Teeth Stain?

Of course. Any tooth can stain, even if you have the veneers and bonds mentioned here. To help prevent stains from coming back just, avoid smoking, coffee, tea, red wine and heavily colored foods. And brush your teeth at least twice or thrice a day with a teeth whitening toothpaste.

Porcelain veneer is expensive but it gives you a better color match to your whole teeth and would typically it lasts for 8-10 years. Not bad. Tooth Bleaching on the other hand requires time and effort to achieve your desired result and the process needs to be repeated if needed. It usually last 2-3 years.

Note: Teeth whitening gel works very well too. Click here for more info.

What is the Best Toothpaste for Kids?

Every parents dilemma is making their child brush their teeth. Almost every child hates it. My child even fakes his tooth brushing by running the water in the faucet, gargling and closing the cabinet just to send an impression that he brushed his teeth. He even wet the bristles before leaving the bathroom, clever huh? But what do you think they hate it? Actually there’s one thing that makes brushing hard for kids, it’s the toothpaste. Yep, you heard me. It is the toothpaste. Let’s face it, we adults can handle the mint and coolness of the toothpaste but for the kids? It was simply too hot for them. Do you think they are just exaggerating? Apparently not.

The best toothpaste is one that your child will actually use.

A lot has been said already about major toothpaste brands that contains unnecessary ingredients that you don’t actually want to be in your kid’s mouth. Other chemicals including dyes make some toothpastes lose their quality. On the other side, those thing you call natural toothpaste tastes like crap, which gives you the question, “How good is healthy toothpaste if it never gets any use?”

The secret is finding a toothpaste that they like.

This is tough, time consuming and a  lot of money (not really) is involved. You need to buy several toothpastes with different brands and flavors until you see what they really like to take. I tell you, there’s actually one out there. Just make sure to check the label because some of them have flouride. Yes, fluoride is bad for your little kid’s teeth. For us adult, fluoride helps fight tooth decay.

Don’t force them to use one they don’t like.

This is a no brainer. If they don’t really like the toothpaste you gave them then don’t force them to use all of it before letting them to try another one.  It will make you look like a jerk and an idiot. You ask why you would look like a jerk by forcing them? C’mon,  you’re forcing them to use something they don’t like, and you’re doing it without any good reason. Toothpastes doesn’t cost that much and it’s not like you don’t have any options left. There are literally a dozen of brands and flavors of toothpastes you can choose from. If you don’t know, some children have very sensitive gums and mouth and some toothpastes do really burn. Would you also use an entire tube of your toothpaste if you hate it? Better go out and buy something else.

Toothbrushes Matter, Too!

  1. For sensitive mouths, use extra soft bristles.
  2. Make it a habit of replacing them at least once a month. Had bristles can be deterrent when it comes time to brushing teeth.
  3. Cartoon characters and colorful brushes are fun for kids. They do help motivate your kids to brush.
  4. If your kid has a small mouth then use a extra small toothpaste. This is often overlook.

Fight Tooth Decay with Fluorine

Facts:

Part of the synthetic compound sodium fluoride (the type added to drinking water) and calcium fluoride (a natural substance).

Decreases chances of dental caries, though too much can discolor teeth.

No RDA has been established, but most people get about 1 mg. daily from fluoridated drinking water. (1.5—4 mg. is suggested by the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council.)

What it can do for you:

  • Reduce tooth decay.
  • Strengthen bones.

Deficiency Disease:

Tooth decay.

Best Natural Source:

  • Fluoridated drinking water
  • Seafood
  • Tea

Supplements:

Not ordinary found in multi-mineral supplements.

Available in prescription multivitamins for children in areas without fluoridated water.

Toxicity:

20 to 80 mg. per day.

Enemies:

Aluminum cookware.

Personal Advice:

Don’t take additional fluoride unless it is prescribed by a physician or dentist.

The fluoride content of food is increased significantly if it’s cooked in fluoridate water or a Teflon-treated utensil.

Bad Breath Treatment is Easy

Poor dental hygiene and smoking cause most cases of bad breath in adults. Infections of the mouth and sore throat infections may also cause bad breath. Recently it has been suggested that bad breath is occasionally due to gases absorbed from the intestine and released through the lungs. Unfortunately, even if this is correct, it isn’t clear what can be done about it.

Finally, usually problems such as abscesses of the lung or heavy worm infestations have been reported to cause bad breath, although we haven’t seen these in our practices.

Smoker’s Breath

The bad breath of smoking comes from the lungs as well as the mouth. Thus, mouthwashes and breath fresheners do little to help smoker’s breath. Getting rid of this problem is another benefit of giving up cigarettes.

Morning Breath

Bad breath in the morning is very common in adults. Flossing and regular tooth brushing should eliminate this problem.

In Children

A rare cause of prolonged bad breath in a child is a foreign body in the nose. This is especially common in toddlers who have inserted some small object that remains unnoticed. Often, but not always, there is a white, yellowish, or bloody discharge from one nostril.

Home Treatment

Proper dental hygiene, especially flossing, and avoiding smoking will prevent most cases of bad breath. If this doesn’t eliminate the odor, a visit to the doctor or dentist may be helpful.

Mouthwashes are of questionable value. Don’t use mouthwashes that simply perfume the breath. These cover up but don’t treat the underlying problem. If you smoke, bad breath is another good reason to quit.

What to Expect at the Doctor’s Office

The doctor will thoroughly examine the mouth and the nose. A culture may be taken if the patient has a sore throat or mouth sores. Antibiotics may be prescribed. If there is an object in the nose, the doctor will use a special instrument to remove it.



Testing Your Bad Breath

How horrible is your halitosis? If you don’t have a friend to tell you the truth, there are a couple of ways you can test your bad breath.

  • Cup your hands. Breathe into them with a great, deep, haaaaa. Sniff. If it smells rank to you, then it’s deadly to those you come in contact with.
  • Floss. Not to clean your teeth, although that’s a great idea, but to find out just how bad your breath might be, pull the floss gently between your teeth and then sniff some of the gunk you unearth. If it smells bad, you smell bad.
  • Using a Toothpick. Using a toothpick between your teeth (and to scrape a little film off your tongue) is a better way to check for bad breath, but it’s not flawless. It’s quick and easy, if you’re on the go.
  • Licking Your Wrist. Another common way to check for bad breath is to lick your wrist, let it dry for a minute, and then smell it.
  • Unfortunately, this method is also not perfect. You are not able to get a sample of VSC (volatile sulfuric compounds) from the back of your mouth – where bad breath originates. Plus, it leaves your wrist sticky and smelly. Using a toothpick is just as reliable – and less messy as this method.
  • Swabbing Your cheeks. A reliable way to check your breath is to use cotton or gauze to swab the back of your tongue and inside your cheeks. Then, smell it.

If all these leads to having a really bad smell then I suggest to try these steps to get rid of bad breath.

Bad Breath May Mean Major Trouble Too

Persistent bad breath doesn’t mean you eat too man onions. Bad breath is a sign of major gum disease.

It can also be gases and odors coming up from gastrointestinal problems. If your halitosis hangs on more than 24 hours without an obvious cause, see your dentist or doctor.

Some diseases that can also cause bad breath include cancer, tuberculosis, syphilis, dehydration, and zinc deficiency. Some drugs, including penicillamine and lithium, can cause bad breath, too.