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Monday, November 18, 2013

Whiter Teeth, Brighter Smile

Want whiter, healthier teeth? You’re in luck – there are many at-home and in-office remedies that you can try to enhance your smile!

One way to naturally whiten your teeth is with a banana peel![1] Rub the inside of the banana peel on your top teeth for one minute and then on your bottom teeth for one minute. Set a timer for 10 minutes, and leave banana paste on your teeth. After 10 minutes, brush banana paste with a dry toothbrush, and then brush with a wet toothbrush. We’ve heard that if you do repeat this routine every day for one week, your teeth will be whiter!

178811585 You can also do-it-yourself and make your own whitening paste at home, but make sure you consult your dentist before you do so in order to do it safely. All you need is baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and a mouthguard. Mix two parts baking soda with one part hydrogen peroxide, fill the guard with the paste, and wear for 10 minutes.[2] Surprisingly, strawberries also make for a good whitening agent. Crush fresh strawberries and mix them with baking soda, and spread the mixture on your teeth for 5 minutes. The malic acid in strawberries is a natural whitener.[3]

There are also several options for whitening at the dentist’s office as well, if you would like a longer-lasting whitening option. You may have heard of the brands that dentists use, such as BriteSmile, Venus, and Zoom whitening systems. During these procedures, a hydrogen peroxide whitening gel is applied to your teeth over the course of an hour. Several of these procedures also include shining a strong light on your teeth to accelerate the whitening process. These whitening procedures usually whiten your teeth by several shades.

Do you have your own methods of keeping your teeth white and your mouth healthy? Tell us in the comments, and make sure to schedule your next dental check-up through Brighter.com! A dentist can help you choose the best methods to keep your smile bright and white.








[1] Missy. "Will a Banana Peel Whiten Your Teeth?" Babble. Babble.com, 11 Nov. 2013. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. <http://www.babble.com/beauty/will-a-banana-peel-whiten-your-teeth-plus-7-at-home-teeth-whitening-products/the-results/>.




[2] "Printable DIY Teeth Whitener." My Honeys Place. My Honeys Place, n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. <http://myhoneysplace.com/printable-diy-teeth-whitener/>.




[3] Gardner, Amanda. "Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth." ABC News. ABC News Network, 02 May 2013. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. <http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/best-worst-foods-teeth/story?id=19085884>.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Score Big with Dental Safety and Sports

The fall sports season is in full swing – are your children’s teeth protected? Kids and teens love soccer, football, hockey, basketball, and baseball, but their teeth are at risk when they play these high impact sports. What are the best ways to keep their winning smiles intact while enjoying these popular hobbies?

The most common way to protect teeth and the mouth during athletics is the use of mouthguards. Mouthguards can help protect any athlete and are extremely important to wear when participating in sports. Over 13% of all oral injuries are attributed to sports, according to the Journal of the American Dental Association, but only four high school sports have mandated mouthguard requirements: football, lacrosse, and ice & field hockey.[1]
165052863 There are three popular types of mouthguards – stock, boil & bite, and custom-made. Custom-made mouthguards are the most effective at protecting your teeth because they fit best into your mouth – they are created just for your teeth. A dentist takes an impression of your mouth and creates a brand new mold for you. Stock and boil & bite guards are purchased over the counter and feature little to no customization. They are less expensive than custom guards, however, and certainly are worth purchasing if you cannot afford a custom mouthguard. Mouthguards also protect against broader facial injuries, as they can lessen an impact to the face or jaw. Lastly, mouthguards are important for athletes with braces who are at an even higher risk for injury due to the metal fixtures in their mouths.

Always check your mouthguard to ensure that it is not broken or torn, and that it fits properly. Broken mouthguards will not protect your teeth as well, and ill-fitting guards may fall out or irritate teeth and gums during play. Mouthguards also require proper cleaning – brush with toothpaste and water after each use to stave off infection.

Another tip for busy athletes is to drink water and avoid sugary sports drinks, which encourage bacterial growth between teeth. If you do consume sports drinks, try to rinse with water directly after in order to remove the sugar from your tooth enamel.

Most importantly, regular dental checkups are important for all athletes, and your dentist can provide the best advice for protecting your smile during sports. Brighter can help you find a dentist who provides mouthguards at our pre-negotiated Brighter savings rate. Check out Brighter.com to find the best dentist for you in your area, and start protecting your teeth today!







[1] Kracher, Connie M., and Wendy Schmeling Smith. "Sports-Related Dental Injuries and Sports Dentistry." DentalCare. DentalCare.com, 4 Mar. 2011. Web. 21 Oct. 2013. <http://www.dentalcare.com/en-US/dental-education/continuing-education/ce127/ce127.aspx?ModuleName=coursecontent>.