Protect Your Teeth from Stains

Nothing hurts a great smile quite like stains on your teeth! Some of the top staining culprits are pasta sauces, wines, coffees, teas, juices and sodas. If any one of those items happens to be a favorite of yours, then it’s likely you have one or more stains on some of your teeth.

What can you do to help restore your smile to its natural, pearly white state? Here are a few steps you can take to fight off teeth stains.

Prevention

Clearly, the easiest way to fight off stains is to prevent getting them in the first place. Here are some ways you can accomplish this:

  • Drink and eat staining drinks and foods in moderation
  • Swish around water in your mouth after eating or drinking a particularly staining food item
  • Brush your teeth after every meal, not just in the mornings and evenings
  • Use toothpicks after meals at restaurants to remove food debris from your teeth, especially if you ate tomato-based sauce
  • Reduce the acidity in staining drinks by adding water, such as combining a fourth of a cup of water with every three-fourths of cups of orange juice

Stain removal

If you have some stains built up over time, there are some things you can start doing now to cover them or get rid of the surface of the stains.

First, invest in a high-quality toothbrush, either manual or electric or sonic. The harder the bristles, the more stain-lifting action you’ll have with each brush.

Second, get toothpaste that has whitening and tartar removal properties. Tartar is the sticky material on your teeth that is made up of bacteria and food debris. It also tends to have a yellow/brownish color to it, which is only heightened by staining food and fluid agents. Getting rid of tartar is a great first-step in unveiling the white teeth beneath.

Last, consider getting whitening strips or mouthwash. They can help cover up the stains by changing their very color as well as the color of the very outer layer of your teeth’s enamel.

Getting advanced help

Sometimes, the best way to treat stained teeth – or any dental or oral ailment, really – is to get professional help. If you come and visit us, we can perform some advanced whitening and stain lifting techniques to restore your teeth to their natural state.

Make an appointment at HealthySmile.com, or call us at (708) 460-3040!

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Why is it important to use dental floss?

Brushing our teeth removes food particles, plaque, and bacteria from all tooth surfaces, except in between the teeth. Unfortunately, our toothbrush can’t reach these areas that are highly susceptible to decay and periodontal (gum) disease.

Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.

Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (acids) that cause cavities and irritate and inflame the gums. Also, when plaque is not removed above and below the gumline, it hardens and turns into calculus (tartar). This will further irritate and inflame the gums and also slowly destroy the bone. This is the beginning of periodontal disease.

How to floss properly:

  • Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands.
  • Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
  • Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline. Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.

Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.

Daily flossing will help you keep a healthy, beautiful smile for life!

Are You Doing One Simple Thing To Keep You Healthy?

Recent research has shown that most Americans are not doing a simple activity that will keep their smiles looking beautiful, reduce cavities, prevent tooth loss, and as most health professionals now believe: significantly reduce the chance of heart disease and strokes.

Even though most of our patients swear they do this activity, according to the American Dental Association, more than 90% of Americans don’t. That simple activity? You guessed it – it’s flossing your teeth. A quick attempt right before your six month dental appointment doesn’t count, either. There’s still hope – please read on.

Flossing is the best way to clean bacteria and debris from the spaces in between your teeth and underneath your gums. Left in place, that harmful film can cause cavities and gum disease, eating away at he bone that actually holds your teeth in place, causing your teeth to loosen and eventually be lost. Scarier yet – recent research has linked gum disease to heart disease, strokes, and low birth weight babies. So…please don’t throw in the towel (or the floss) yet.

Any activity requires practice. You couldn’t drive without lessons and a few thousand miles on the road. You couldn’t type the first time you sat down at a keyboard. Though flossing is much easier than those activities, many people try it a few times and then proclaim in frustration “I can’t floss!” With a little patience and practice YOU CAN! In addition, some flosses on the market make it much easier than it was in the past – try one of the super-thin varieties or Glide and you’ll probably find one that helps.

We really want you to keep your teeth the rest of your life and be as healthy as you possibly can. That definitely involves flossing every single day – we know you can do it! We’ll be happy to give you a free flossing lesson or pass on some tips to make it easier for you – just ask. Your beautiful smile will last a lifetime! Dr Philip Cole and Dr Robert Stanford 708-460-3040 www.healthysmile.com

Tastes Great, Cuts Calories, AND Cuts Cavities!

It tastes great, cuts calories, AND cuts cavities! Sounds too good to be true but its fact. Check out these exerpts from the Academy of General Dentistry to find out more.
Xylitol is a sweetener which is found in beets, corncobs, raspberries, and other natural sources. It can’t be metabolized by bacteria, slowing the acid-producing process that causes cavities. Regular use of xylitol reduces dental plaque (the first stage of cavity development, tartar formation, and tooth staining) which promotes better dental health.

Xylitol is a safe, natural and convenient way to supplement daily dental care. Xylitol gum or mints used 3 to 5 times daily is considered optimal. Try to use it immediately after meals and snacks to help reduce plaque, inhibit adhesion of bacteria to the teeth, and reduce contact time of sugar on teeth.

Pet owners should note that xylitol is harmful to dogs. To prevent poisoning, dog owners should keep products containing xylitol out of the reach of their dogs.

Xylitol can be found in chewing gum, candy, toothpastes, mouthwash, and some foods. To find out more, contact Dr Cole and Dr Stanford at www.healthysmile.com

Cavities On The Rise – Due To WHAT?

Something that most people consider to be healthy is actually causing an increase in dental cavities among children and many adults.

The culprit? Many believe it is bottled water. While most of us know the dangers of drinking sugar loaded soft drinks and their sneaky cousins, the “sports drink,” we often don’t remember that bottled water is replacing the fluoride fortified tap water that exists just about everywhere in North America. The Centers for Disease Control reports that bottled water has become so prevalent in the diets of Americans that many are not getting the proper amount of fluoride they need to keep their teeth healthy.

According to the International Bottled Water Association (sounds like a wild and crazy group) – bottled water consumption has recently doubled and the average American now drinks thirty gallons per year! Believing that it is healthier, many parents are not only having their kids drink bottled water, they are preparing baby formula with it too! Even bottled water that is basically tap water in a fancy container is micro-filtered, a process that can remove fluoride.

At Dr Philip Cole and Dr Robert Stanford’s dental office it is our goal to keep your smile beautiful and your teeth cavity-free. Drinking tap water instead of bottled water whenever possible will not only save you money and keep millions of plastic bottles out of landfills, it can help you keep your teeth healthy!

Should you have any questions about this or any other dental related topic, including the latest ways to give you a beautiful smile, please contact us at 708-460-3040 or visit us at www.healthysmile.com. We look forward to seeing you soon!