Sunday, December 18, 2016

A Wish, a Gift, and a Goal

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A Wish, A Gift, And A Goal

The season of giving is upon us. And no matter your religious, philosophical or political leanings, one thing is clear this time of year – people throughout the land look for opportunities to help others, and help themselves wrap up the year on the right foot. So with that in mind, we thought we'd suggest three simple, dental-oriented ideas that can help you start the promise of the year a bit early, and in good stead.

  • The Wish: There’s really no better wish to ask for, regardless of the season, than good health. With that in mind, we’d like to point you to a marvelous resource developed with the health of you and your entire family in mind – our dental services page  ( A repository of knowledge about how to protect your mouth throughout life. Over the years, we’ve realized many people are just not as informed as they should be about the effects of certain habits they may possess, or of better ways to take care of their teeth. This section of the website was built with that in mind. Check it out, and make that wish for good health in the New Year a certainty.
  • The Gift: Over the past few years, you may have become aware of charity organizations like Mercy Ships, which assist children and adults in poor areas of the world with mouth and facial reconstruction surgery. In certain parts of the world, children who grow up with these concerns are often shunned from their villages and grow up to lead ostracized lives with little hope to regain entry to a society where being a part of the community is a fundamental factor to living. During this season of giving, perhaps you might consider a donation to a charity, or cause in which you believe, in exchange for something you might purchase for yourself. The internal reward we experience when we give to others in need always remains with us for far greater a time than does our latest gadget choice, so consider helping someone or some charity you hold dear this season. 
  • The Goal: Goals are commonplace this time of year, and many times we don't quite make it through to fulfilling most of them. Even something as simple as flossing nightly easily falls prey to life's ordered chaos. To fare a little better this year, consider checking out a few books that offer great actionable advice that can help you stay on top of our commitments, reign in distractions and battle that ever weakening “muscle” named willpower. This way, you can actually floss and save your teeth for later in life. Here are our two of our favorites to get you started: Getting Things Done, by David Allen; and, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney. There are more tips and tricks in these books to last a lifetime. Enjoy!
Have a truly wonderful close to your year, and we wish you a pleasant, joyful, successful New Year to come.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Home Teeth Whitening Remedies: What You Should Know

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Should You Whiten up Your Holiday Smile at Home?

These days, it seems like whitening products are everywhere. It doesn’t take more than a trip to your local supermarket to encounter a dizzying variety of trays, gels, strips or toothpastes designed to take your teeth from their current state to one of fantastic luminescence. So what is a good consumer to make of it all, and should you trust all the home remedies we read about online and see on television? Here’s what you need to know when considering whitening your teeth at home.
  • Speak With One Of Our Dentists First: But why? With seemingly every single toothpaste brand containing whitener these days, that's a fair question. The reason is because your dentist knows your teeth – the thickness of your enamel, orthodontic implications (are you wearing braces as an adult?), your overall state of oral health, and a host of other things that you just won't know about without asking first. Just picking out the whitening kit with the best box design isn’t the way to go about caring for your teeth. Ask first.
  • Avoid Any Remedies That Suggest Fruit: The Internet is a wonderful research tool, but it's also rife with misinformation. When it comes to home whitening suggestions, much inaccurate guidance revolves around the suggestion to rub fruit acid on teeth. It is a terrible suggestion. When it comes to our teeth, the goal is always to avoid highly acidic products, not increase your intake. And it’s never a good idea to literally brush one’s teeth with lemons, apples or strawberries as is often suggested. Excessive fruit acid can irreversibly damage the tooth enamel - not the goal at all.
  • Baking Soda – a Mixed Bag: Once again, here’s another option that sounds simple and safe enough, but when used at home, has more risk than most consumers are aware. Baking soda, while effective as a whitening agent, is very abrasive. True, it is used in many toothpaste products today. But the truth is, baking soda included in such toothpastes is incorporated at levels far below what you would get applying it straight out of the box at home. Because it’s difficult for you to use the right amount and in the right way, it’s probably best to skip this baking soda as a home remedy.
  • Peroxide. Bleaches Hair and Teeth? Peroxide is the main ingredient in home whitening kits, and is included in these kits because it does, in fact, whiten teeth. But digging under your bathroom cabinet with the thought of swishing around undiluted peroxide is a no-no. While research does suggest diluted concentrations of peroxide can benefit some people, there is also research that suggests just the opposite. Better to err on the side of caution. Once again, consulting with your dentist first is your best bet, and save the peroxide bath for white-washing your jeans instead.
If you’re considering at-home or in-clinic whitening and want to know what you’re safe options are , check with one of our dentist first or visit our cosmetic page.