Chew Sticks…I thought that was something I give my terriers to keep them from amusing themselves with my chair leg when I’m at work. Apparently sometime in 3000 BC, Oral B wasn’t around yet to sell toothbrushes and people chewed on small twigs to scrape the particles off of their teeth.
People have associated white teeth with beauty and prosperity for thousands of years. Four thousand years ago, Egyptians combined ground pumice stone with wine vinegar to form a whitening paste. Romans were apparently determined to have white teeth since they are reported to have used urine as a whitening agent. Apparently ammonia wasn’t readily available at Walmart. The original dentists were barber-dentists – they took care of your hair and your teeth. Their method of whitening involved filing down your teeth and applying an acid to them. It worked but it also eroded the enamel and caused tooth decay.
While the idea of cleaning one’s teeth has been around for some time, the popular method of bleaching one’s teeth was an idea that occurred relatively recently. As with many inventions, tooth whitening occurred by accident when dentists were experimenting with different methods of keeping a peroxide antiseptic gel on patient’s gums for a longer period of type while treating gums. In wasn’t many years after that tooth-whitening products became readily available.
If you are a fan of older movies, you can notice that it wasn’t until after the late eighties that we started to see “Hollywood” smiles with amazingly white teeth.
Ours is a culture of instant gratification. It seems like everyone wants to be thin, pretty and rich and while quick weight loss, beauty and wealth may unrealistic to attain overnight, a white smile really can be just a few hours away.
Few people are fortunate enough to be able to maintain a white smile without a little help from tooth-whitening products of some kind. The enamel of our teeth can be discolored for a number of reasons. Some are beyond our control, like aging, diseases and even genetics. Others are caused by pesky habits that we are unwilling to give up, like our morning cup of java, the jolt of our cola, a relaxing glass of wine, or our guilty puff on a cancer stick. (We’ll cover that habit in a different blog…)
The path to a whiter smile starts with a trip to your friendly dental hygienist. No amount of brushing yourself (or gnawing on chew sticks, for that matter) will remove the plaque and tartar that your dental hygienist can. Want proof? Dental hygienists have other dental hygienists clean their teeth for them.
Now that the superficial stains have been removed, you can decide if you’re satisfied with the shade of your teeth. If you want whiter teeth, unlike your ancestors, you now have many safe options.
If you are satisfied with your current shade, you may find that simply using a whitening toothpaste can keep stains from forming on your teeth. If you are like many people, you will need a little extra help to maintain that sparkling white smile. Some people find that professional strength whitening strips used on a regular basis work well for them. Others have custom whitening trays made and use tubes of bleaching gel either for a few hours or overnight to attain the shade that they want and to keep their teeth white. Many people find in-house bleaching to be a good options for them. This allows them to see a more immediate result and also gives them the custom whitening trays to continue to maintain that white smile.
Once you have white teeth – you’ll want to keep them white!
Many people experience tooth pain when the weather gets colder. We often find that people experience more severe tooth pain symptoms as the weather turns colder.
Breathing in cold air on a winter day be a real pain. When you breathe in abnormally cold air through your mouth, your teeth may contract and then expand again when they warm back up to body temperature. Cold weather often causes us to shiver and tense up our muscles - including our jaw muscles. If you clench your teeth in cold weather, that added pressure can cause tooth or jaw pain.
Hopefully, just bundling up for cold weather and breathing through your nose instead of your mouth will decrease any winter tooth pain you may be experiencing. If you have pain that persists or increases over a period of days, you will want to visit a dentist to make sure your teeth are healthy.
Top Reasons for cold weather related mouth pain:
Defective dental restorations
Gum recession from periodontal disease
Grinding or clenching teeth
Infected teeth or gums
Ask us how products, like Brush and Bond can help relieve the pain of sensitive teeth.
The choice is yours and either way gets the job done if you are able to chew properly.
If you would just love to be able to eat corn on the cob again because you are missing one or more teeth, we've got good news for you.
You're not alone.
Most adults are missing one or more teeth. The reasons include:
Loss of a tooth can be very traumatic for most of us. We often don't appreciate something until we've lost it. We can suffer guilt, embarrassment, discomfort or the inability to eat or taste our favorite foods . Fortunately as dental technology has progressed, the options for replacing missing teeth are more natural and durable.The stability and natural feel and appearance of a dental implant make it a popular choice for patients.
A titanium post takes the place of the tooth root in the bone of your jaw - securely holding the tooth in place without compromising surrounding teeth.
More than one missing tooth can be replaced withimplant supported dentures or an implant supported bridge. Mini-implants are often used to hold dentures securely in place which can give you much more confidence and comfort when wearing dentures.
No more messy denture paste
No more worries about embarrassing accidents with your denture
Talk and laugh more naturally
Eat what you want
So, if you can't already eat corn on the cob with your steak...
The RIGHT way to eat corn on the cob could be with dental implants!
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One of our fun-loving hygienists would love to come to your classroom in February (or any other month that works for your classroom) to show your students how they can defeat Monster Mouth.
As you can imagine, it's hard to focus on schoolwork and learning when you have a toothache. Help your students stay healthy by calling our office to request that Jessica, Kelly, Kimberly, or Ashley come to your classroom to share how they can keep their teeth healthy and cavity-free. We'll even bring goody bags to help them get on track brushing and flossing!
Myth: My parents have bad teeth so I'm doomed to have bad teeth too.
Fact: Genetics helps determine the shape of your teeth and size of your jaw. While genetics also plays a role in determining your dental health and you may be more inclined to certain dental issues, you can be proactive and help to control your dental destiny by monitoring your diet and practicing excellent dental hygiene.
Myth: I should avoid brushing and flossing my teeth if my gums bleed.
Fact: Bleeding gums are often caused when food debris and sticky plaque buildup in your mouth. The best way to treat swollen, irritated gums is to remove what is bothering them. By gently brushing with a soft tooth brush and flossing in between your teeth, you can safely remove the plaque and food debris. Try brushing and flossing every day for two weeks. You should notice the bleeding subsiding over time. If your gums continue to bleed, you that is an indication that your condition may require professional dental care.
Myth: Cavities can go away on their own or if I brush and floss hard enough.
Fact: Unfortunately science doesn't support this. When bacteria in your mouth produce acids those acids eat away at the hard outer layer of your tooth. Cavities are holes that are created in that hard enamel. Cavities can't reseal themselves and unless a dentist cleans out that bacteria, the tooth will continue to decay and the cavity will continue to grow bigger. You can prevent tooth decay and cavities by not allowing the bacteria to stay on your teeth by brushing and flossing after eating.
Myth: Brushing my teeth harder will give me better results.
Fact: Because your teeth are supported by delicate gum tissue, you want to brush longer not harder to get your teeth clean without damaging your gums. Gum recession caused by brushing too hard can lead to sensitivity the exposed roots of your teeth. Remember to brush in gentle circles and consider using an electric toothbrush for the most effective dental cleaning.