Even though we all know the significance of dental hygiene, many of us still fall short when it comes to taking proper care of our teeth. Most of us tend to think of taking care of our teeth as a nuisance, and perhaps something we can avoid for a short time.

At the end of the day the last thing most of us want to think about is brushing our teeth, flossing and using mouthwash. Of course, when we get home we just want to relax and tend to forget to care for one of the most important things we use on a daily basis that can affect our enjoyment of life dramatically. If this sounds like you then your teeth could be in trouble and you wouldn’t even know it.

If you want to not have to worry about covering your mouth and enjoy a nice bright healthy smile, then dental hygiene is vital. Here are some useful tips on keeping your teeth clean and white and having a happy healthy smile for life.

Your teeth are an important part of your body. They need just as much care and consideration as you any other aspect of a healthy body and healthy life. A toothbrush, toothpaste and floss can make a real difference to your dental hygiene. However, only using these things to care for your teeth is not always enough to cleanse your mouth and give you a bright white smile.

What Causes Tooth Staining?

  • Age
  • Starting color
  • Eating habits
  • Smoking/Drugs

Best Ways to Care for Teeth?

  • Mouthwash
  • Electric Tooth Brushes
  • Prevent Gum Disease
  • Avoid Dry Mouth
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss

Three major teeth whitening options are available today. All three rely on varying concentrations of peroxide and varying application times to help you have whiter teeth.

  • In-Office Whitening
  • Professionally Dispensed Take-Home Whitening Kits
  • Over-the-Counter Whitening

Why Teeth Whitening?

Teeth Whitening removes the stains and debris, but causes the enamel to crack open and be exposed. Several of the cracks are swiftly re-mineralized by saliva, but others can be filled up again with debris.

Which is Better Bleaching or Whitening?

The term “bleaching” is used when the teeth are whitened beyond their natural levels. This applies strictly to products that contain bleach, while the term “whitening,” refers to restoring a tooth’s own white color by removing dirt and debris. So any product that cleans like a toothpaste or mouth wash is considered a whitener. To get the most out of teeth whitening most people attain the services of a licensed dentist. This is the safest and most effective way to whiter teeth.

While this is general advice on teeth whitening, your needs are specific to you. Dr. James Russo is a licensed dentist in San Leandro, Ca. He will expertly consult with you about the safest and best way to whiten your teeth. Make an appointment to discuss the best way to brighten your smile today.

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