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5 Foods and Drinks to Avoid after Whitening

Who doesn’t love the appearance of freshly whitened teeth? Whether performed at home using do-it-yourself whiteners or at the dentist’s by a well-trained professional, teeth whitening has the potential to dramatically improve smile aesthetics. But whitening is not a permanent fix, and when performed in-office can cost $500 or more per treatment. So if you do decide to have your teeth whitened, it’s important that you do everything you can to maximize the longevity of your results. One thing you can do is avoid the following five dark-colored foods and beverages, to prevent tooth staining. Coffee Are you a slave...

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Bleaching vs. Whitening: What’s the Difference?

According to the FDA, the term “bleaching” is permitted to be used only when the teeth can be whitened beyond their natural color. This applies strictly to products that contain bleach — typically hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. The term “whitening” on the other hand, refers to restoring a tooth’s surface color by removing dirt and debris. So technically speaking, any product that is used to clean the teeth (like a toothpaste) is considered a whitener. Of course, the term whitening sounds better than bleaching, so it is more frequently used — even when describing products that contain bleach. The...

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Top Tips for White Teeth

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments, but its effects are not permanent; and the cost of repeat treatments can eventually add up. So instead of figuring out how to get rid of discoloration, why not take steps to avoid it in the first place? There are a number of simple dietary and lifestyle changes you can make to help keep your teeth looking healthy and white. Here are Consumer Guide to Dentistry’s top seven tips for keeping those pearly whites white. 1. Floss, Floss, Floss Brushing and flossing twice a day is a good start,...

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The simple secret to good oral health AND preventing systemic disease

The alkaline diet is a trend that has become increasingly popular over the past few years. But don’t let the celebrity endorsements and internet buzz fool you—it isn’t a fad diet. Numerous research studies support the health benefits of choosing alkalinizing over acidifying foods. The conventional American diet is far too acidic, and is contributing to the high incidence of chronic disease in the population. Studies have shown that switching to an alkalinizing diet may benefit bone health; reduce muscle wasting; improve cardiovascular health, memory, and cognition; and enhance Vitamin D activation in the body. All of these mechanisms work...

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Is activated charcoal your key to teeth whitening?

SUMMARY: Before you reach a conclusion about this option for whitening your teeth, make sure to consider how activated charcoal affects your oral health. There's nothing worse than smiling for a group picture only to realize how yellow your teeth look when the photo pops up on your social media account. You start thinking about all of the ways you can whiten your teeth: avoiding coffee, swishing baking soda, using a whitening kit - the list goes on. But have you heard of the latest craze? Some swear by brushing with activated charcoal. You read that right: Filling your mouth...

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3 Hidden Powers of Your Smile

Smiling is one of the most natural movements you can make. In the first few weeks of infancy, babies automatically begin smiling on their own. Within about two months, they begin to recognize when others are smiling at them, and, by this time, they’re reciprocating in kind. Your smile has enormous power. When you smile, you: Connect with others: Smile at someone, and you almost always get a smile back in return. Lift your mood: A genuine smile increases the production of serotonin, which has been scientifically shown to elevate mood. Even when you don’t feel happy, look in the...

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