Are your teeth going from white to not so bright?

Young Man Smile Before And After Teeth WhiteningHave you noticed your teeth change colour ….. going from white to not so bright?

There are many reason teeth can change colour or get stained. From the foods consumed, and trauma to medication, age and visiting the dentist regularly for dental cleanings.

Food and Drinks

Certain foods and drinks have intense colour pigments that attach to the white outer part of the tooth (enamel) causing colour change. Such foods and drinks are: Coffee, tea, red wine, candy and foods containing colour.

Tobacco

Tar and nicotine create stains. Tar is naturally dark and although nicotine is colourless when mixed with oxygen it turns into a yellowish surface-staining substance.

Age

The enamel of the tooth is white however the layer under the enamel, called dentin, is yellowish. With age, as the enamel gets thiner, more of the yellowish dentin shows through.

Trauma

If you have hit your tooth you may notice it get darker as a reaction to the injury, by laying down more dentin.

Medication

Certain medications can also cause teeth to change colour and darken. Be sure to speak to your dentist if you have concerns that the medication you are taking are causing your teeth to change colour.

The best way to keep your teeth white is to brush twice a day, floss daily, see your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings, and limit stain-causing foods and habits. However if you feel your teeth can use a little whitening help, there are a few options you may want to consider:

Chair-Side Bleaching – usually takes about 2 hours.  A shield (or rubber dam) protects your gums from the bleaching agent (usually a form or hydrogen peroxide) which is “painted” onto your discoloured teeth and activated with heat or high-intensity light.

Take-Home Bleaching – is done by you at home. You wear a custom-made tray with special bleaching gel (provided by your dentist) for a period of time each day over a number of weeks. You may also use Crest Whitestrips Supreme which can be purchased at our office.

It’s important to know that not everyone’s teeth will “whiten” the same. It depends on the number of teeth involved and the severity of discolouration. Over-the-counter, at-home whiteners are not recommended because they may cause problems associated with over exposing gum tissues to the active whitening agent. Any bleaching treatment should be done under your dentist’s supervision.

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Why Should I Visit My Dentist Regularly? Brampton Dentists

  • Dental Check-ups, Dentists in Brampton Ontario, Brampton Ontario, Things to See in Brampton, Top Dentist in Brampton,Prevention/Public Education: dentists educate their patients, as well as the general public, on how to prevent oral health problems. As primary health care providers, they provide nutritional guidance, as well as information and advice on developing and maintaining good oral and overall health.
  • Detection and Management of Oral Conditions: Research shows there may be a link between oral disease and other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, as well as pre-term and low-birth-weight babies. Dentists are often the first health care professionals to spot a wide variety of systemic diseases such as hypertension and cancer.
  • Aesthetic Improvement: Dentists can help improve a patient’s appearance as well as health through the use of newly developed cosmetic dental techniques.
  • Restoration: Dentists repair damage to the teeth, gum and oral tissues caused by accidents or diseases such as dental caries (tooth decay) and periodontitis (gum disease)
  • Correction: Dentists correct oral health problems caused by crooked, crowded or poorly spaced teeth or misaligned jaws with orthodontic appliances, mouth splints and other devices and treatments.
  • Reconstruction: Dentists fabricate substitutes for lost teeth and oral tissues, including fixed replacements and dentures.
  • Surgery: Dentists perform many kinds of oral surgery other than tooth extractions. They also perform surgery to correct facial and dental deformities caused by accident and birth defect. (CDA)

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Did you know that canker sores may be related to stress?

canker sores, brampton dentists, what causes canker sores, top dentists in brampton, mouth sores, Canker sores develop inside the mouth as small white or grey sores that have a red border. They are not contagious and may occur as one or several sores. Although the exact cause is not known, scientists believe that problems with immune system, emotional stress, menstruation or injury to the mouth may be common triggers. In some cases, trauma to the mouth such as bitting the inside of the cheek or tongue or chewing sharp foods can also cause a canker sore. Citrus or acidic foods can irritate a canker sore and make it uncomfortable.

As there is no cure for canker sores there are over-the-counter topical medication and mouth rinses to ease the pain and discomfort. Canker sores usually heal on their own within one to two weeks. Antibiotics and some oral bandages may reduce secondary infection.

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Is periodontal/gum disease contagious?

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Research has shown that periodontal/gum disease is caused by the inflammatory reaction to bacteria under the gums, so periodontal disease technically may not be contagious. However, the bacteria that cause the inflammatory reaction can be spread through saliva. This means that if one of your family members has periodontal disease, it’s a good idea to avoid contact with their saliva by not sharing eating utensils or oral health equipment. If you notice that your spouse or a family member has the warning signs of a possible periodontal problem (bleeding, red and swollen gums, or bad breath) you may want to suggest that they see a dentist or periodontist for an exam. It may help to protect the oral health of everyone in the family. (APP)

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Christmas, Alcohol and Your Smile!

Alcohol and Christmas, Brampton Dentists, Top Dentists in Brampton, Brampton Family Dentists,With all the parties, get togethers and festivities around this time of year studies show an increase in alcohol consumption. Whether it be the celebration of the season or a Christmas cheer it’s important to take steps in protecting your teeth and smile.

Here are some simple steps to prevent damage to your teeth after alcohol consumption.

  • Be sure to not over do it and when possible drink alcohol through a straw, as it will direct the alcohol to the back of the mouth staying away from the teeth.
  • Always drink water between and after alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid fruit juice drinks.
  • Wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth after alcohol consumption.
  • And always use a soft bristle toothbrush.

These simple steps can help in protecting your teeth and your smile!

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