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5 Foods That Whiten Teeth Naturally

In Teeth Whitening on September 20, 2011 at 4:30 AM

What is the number one most requested cosmetic dentistry service in the United States?

According to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry AACD® national survey, it’s teeth whitening. Here’s a few more dazzling dental-centric statistics to show off next time you’re engaged in an intense game of Dental Trivial Pursuit:

• Virtually all adults (99.7%) believe a smile is an important social asset.
• 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex.
• Three-quarters (74%) of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.
• And when respondents were asked, “What would you most like to improve about your smile?” The most common response was: Whiter & Brighter Teeth.

Are we just pursuing trivial dental info? 5_foods_that_help_whiten_teeth_naturally

We all see the value of teeth whitening, and we all know a brighter whiter smile communicates optimal oral health, but did you know there are certain foods out there that can help us attain that shiny new anchorperson smile?

We didn’t either, until seeing this USA Today article entitled; “Naturally whiten your teeth with the right diet.”

What Foods Help Whiten Teeth Naturally?

The USA Today article referred to dental-friendly grub as, ‘Toothbrush Foods.’

Livestrong.com also lists some smile-friendly foodstuffs…and with the interest of saving a click or two, we’ve decided to help broadcast this tooth whitening, smile enhancing and social dental-centric health related info.

Here is a list of the top 5 foods said to naturally whiten our teeth – according to the USA Today & Livestrong.com.

  1. Apples or apple cider vinegar
  2. Strawberries
  3. Raw Vegetables
  4. Oranges
  5. Cheeses/Yogurt/Dairy
  6. Lemon Juice

OK, that’s a top 6 list we’ve previously mentioned nobody reading…but maybe some of us say no to dairy, for whatever reason.

Got a question about proper nutrition or teeth whitening, or what foods will stain your teeth or promote tooth decay?

5_foods_that_help_whiten_teeth_naturallyDon’t take our word for it – or anyone else’s, and do your best not to succumb to Bleachorexia!

Find out for yourself by asking your dentist or hygienist next time you’re contemplating teeth whitening or any other cosmetic dentistry procedure.

Our smiles require a tune-up from time to time, even if it is only for vanity’s sake.

If we can help boost the bling of our smiles naturally, we’re pretty sure 5 out of 5 dentists would agree; a healthier diet will result in healthier teeth and gums.

Is Teeth Whitening Dentistry?

In Teeth Whitening on June 16, 2011 at 4:30 AM

It is according to the state of Connecticut. We’re pretty sure a good number of dentists out there would agree.

According to a recent DrBicuspid article referencing a local New Haven Independent publication…the Connecticut State Dental Commission has ruled that tooth whitening is dentistry and can no longer be performed at spas, salons, and shopping malls unless it is done under the supervision of a licensed dentist.

Tooth whitening at the shopping mall…what’s next Botox® in the dental office?

While at-home whitening methods may yield short-term results, we have to understand that in order to properly diagnose any problem or potential problem related to our teeth and gums before undergoing any whitening procedure; we would require the help of a professional.

The same holds true of certain aforementioned wrinkle wrecking cosmetic procedures!

Bleachorexia issues aside, applying some whitening strips and following the directions on the box to magically transform our corn colored chompers into dazzling white chicklets does offer some convenience, but at what cost?

And we don’t mean the $50 or so the products cost, we’re talking about the cost of our optimal oral health. Convenience is great, but is it really that much more convenient and cost-effective (never mind safe) to knock out the teeth whitening while we’re browsing the discount rack at the local mall?

Maybe it is, and maybe most of us are completely comfortable with the idea of shopping mall teeth whitening.  When you think about it, we do some pretty weird things already, and plenty of things that don’t make sense when we consider the consequences and potential pitfalls.

Who is to say we can’t do 32 cumulative things at one time that don’t make dollars or sense?

The local beauty salon could certainly be another place to throw down some cash on a super terrific bright smile package; even the ubiquitous nail salon could pull off some teeth whitening to diversify their product offering.

But with hair care and mani-pedis already reaching critical mass on cost quotient, how much can we expect to pay at these places to have our smiles enhanced?

And will it really be a safer, more affordable option than simply asking our dentist about safe and effective teeth whitening options performed by a professional in the field?

Do You Suffer from Bleachorexia?

In Teeth Whitening on June 9, 2011 at 4:30 AM

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Americans spend over a billion dollars a year just on over the counter teeth whitening products. That is a pretty staggering figure, in any economic climate.

But what is it about over the counter teeth whitening products that have us clearing the shelves at the local apothecary?

According to an AACD® national survey:

• Virtually all adults (99.7%) believe a smile is an important social asset.
• 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the
opposite sex.
• Three-quarters (74%) of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.
• And when respondents were asked, “What would you most like to improve about your smile?”

The most common response was: Whiter & Brighter Teeth. (see the survey here)

If you are not happy with your smile, teeth whitening may certainly provide the solution. We could spend $200 to whiten our teeth at home, 4 times per year; or we can get it taken care of at our regular dental appointments for similar cost and convenience…on an as-recommended-by-a-professional basis.

It’s our guess some teeth whitening methods yield better results than others, and different people experience different results, both in the dental office and at home.

Sometimes at home treatments can magically transform your dull looking smile into spearmint chicklet stardom, but we’d rather leave teeth whitening to the pros…and only elect to enhance our smiles when it’s really necessary.

Why is in office teeth whitening better than the at home solution?

Take it from WebMD, not us:

First, your dentist can perform an oral exam and consider your complete medical history, which can be helpful in determining how your teeth became discolored and if bleaching is an appropriate course of treatment based on your type and extent of stains and type, number and location of restorations.

Your dentist can then better match the type of stain with the best treatment, if appropriate, to lighten those stains. With dentist-supervised bleaching procedures, your dentist will likely want to see you a couple of times to ensure you are following directions, to make sure the customized tray is fitting properly, to inspect your gums for signs of irritation, and to generally check on how the teeth whitening process is proceeding. With over-the-counter bleaching products, you are on your own.

Have you ever tried those whitening strips or any other at home teeth whitening product?

Is this the next billion dollar at home teeth whitening solution?