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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.

How Do You Find a Good Dentist – Part Deux?

In Dental Care on September 1, 2011 at 4:30 AM

In one of our previous socially sharing local dentistry blog posts, we mentioned patient word of mouth often times being the most popular way to find a new trustworthy and qualified dentist for our families.

This, and most of the info we’ll communicate here is more empirically experienced than scientifically set in stone.

Sometimes we even may notice a friend or family member’s elective dental services, such as veneers or teeth whitening, and ask them how they got that smile to sparkle so bright.

With virtually everyone we know logging into Facebook multiple times a day; sometimes before they even get out of bed, we figured this word of mouth thing might be going digital.

Check out some more staggering Facebook stats!

From localized Yelpers to Foursquare fanatics, existing dental patient word of mouth has gone digital.

We just want to know HOW viral it is…how much are we actually sharing the good information?

Trusting the Source

We say good information, meaning positive info assisting you in reaching your dental determinism.

How often are we sharing our trusted reliable dentist with our ever-growing social circles, networks, flocks, and links?

Sure, passing along a useless FW link of a photoshopped primate smile is fun and funny – for 1.5 seconds.

But we’re talking about passing along beneficial positive information allowing someone you know to make a decision when on the hunt for a quality, caring, professional, respectful, pain-free, technologically adept, socially connected…dentist.

That way, the person receiving the info can trust the source – you already know each other!

When it comes to making dental health care decisions for your family, or choosing a reputable and qualified dentist for cosmetic dentistry or other elective services, we’re pretty sure the Internet comes in handy.

Again, no scientific data to back this claim up or bore you with – we just want to hear it from the dental patients.

And we all know what the Internet can claim…we won’t even touch that one.

For some of us, the days of thumbing through the phone book have been replaced by a quick keyword search of dental services, our location, and perhaps even the individual dentists’ name or practice name.

With all of this information at our fingertips we can now see where the dentist went to school, how long they’ve been in practice at the specific location, and even what actual patients have to say about their dental experience.

We’re not saying this new digital word of mouth is the only source of qualified dental information, but it sure seems to be a good indicator of how effective the dental practice is at gaining some online practice visibility.

How do you choose your dentist, do online reviews factor into the equation at all?

We’ll go out on a limb and say that those dentists that represent themselves best online will be quite popular within their local community.

If we add actual patient experience to the mix we’re pretty much covering all bases in our quest for a good dentist.

We can see, hear, and even feel what it’s like to be a patient in the chair.

A good dental website offers all of this info and more, but where else do you search?

With that in mind, we’d like to ask for your input again on what is your most trusted online source when searching for a good dentist.

Since we’re all getting more comfortable letting the world know our innermost thoughts on local restaurants, home electronics, or any other local product or service, we figure our dentists could use a little digital word of mouth examination.

If you ‘Like’ your dentist, let the world – or at least your local community and social circles – know just how much!

And be sure to let your dentist know too, we’re sure they’d appreciate the sentiments.

Choose your #1 online source for seeking out local dentist info, and please share your thoughts and comments.

Missing a Tooth?…Press PRINT

In Dental Products on July 19, 2011 at 4:30 AM

We’ve heard of teeth whitening performed by sophisticated lasers, and we now know there are at least five dental-specific apps available on your mobile device du jour.

So what is it about prosthetic dentistry, and 3D printing that can possibly be considered news for the average dental patient?

You make the call…

According to this story on prosthetic dentistry, mechanical engineers in Iran report in the International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing that printing our own teeth may not be so far off into the future.

You read that correctly, printing our own teeth is something that is very possible in the near future given this enhanced take on CAD/CAM technology.

The computer scans our chompers, and with a couple of mechanical whirs and beeps, our new tooth spits out of the print tray.

OK, maybe the technology is a bit more involved than that.

You can read more on ScienceDaily.com, and read how rapid prototyping can be used to fabricate dental objects such as implants and crowns quickly and easily even where features such as overhangs, sharp corners and undercuts are required.

While ‘single-visit’ dentistry isn’t anything new in the United States, this technology certainly promises more examination into how we as dental patients can not only improve our overall dental health experience, but also limit our time spent in the dental chair.

Watch this COOL process take place, play this video on 3D Printing and see how this Massachusetts company can fabricate a crescent wrench from one of these printers:

A tooth can’t be that much different from a wrench, right?