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Trends in DIY Teeth Whitening: Fact or Fiction?

October 12th, 2017

Daily events are affected by trends, the new slang, up-and-coming fashion, which toys will become collectible, and newest fad diet that everyone’s friend is trying...

With an ever-evolving society, trends are inevitable.  Many are harmless, but when they affect our health, they can become serious. Mall kiosks have emerged for teeth whitening, but do-it-yourself home whitening has become "trendy," so here's a look at some of the more popular methods.

Brushing teeth with Charcoal 

Charcoal is porous and absorbent.  It has even been used in hospitals to neutralize toxins.  In theory, it could do the same for your teeth.  However, charcoal is also very abrasive.

Even as it is absorbs harmful materials from your mouth and disturbs bacterial growth, it could also be removing your enamel, causing more harm than good. Until researchers learn more about the effects of charcoal on the teeth, it’s safer to pass on that home remedy.

Lemon Juice for Stain Removal

The hardest substance in your body is the enamel on your teeth, however it is extremely vulnerable to erosion from acids found in food or drinks. Saliva helps to keep the pH level balanced in your mouth to protect enamel.  But, any time you eat or drink something acidic, the pH level is disrupted and your teeth are susceptible. Using lemon juice on your teeth in hopes of whitening them is, therefore, likely to cause enamel erosion, and once the enamel is gone, it’s gone for good!

The Ancient Remedy of Oil Pulling

Oil pulling involves swishing some type of oil (typically coconut, sunflower, sesame, or olive oil) in the mouth for up to twenty minutes. Supporters of oil pulling claim it has a number of health benefits, including teeth whitening. However, the American Dental Association does not recommend it because there is no scientific evidence to back up the claims.

Bananas and Strawberries 

Bananas are a good source of potassium, magnesium and manganese, all of which promote healthier teeth and can help remove surface stains.  Strawberries contain some citric acid, but they also contain malic acid (particularly when ripe) which actually CAN give your teeth a whiter appearance. So, both of these do-it-yourself teeth whiteners may actually provide some benefit! Both fruits do contain sugar, so you should still brush your teeth with dentist approved toothpaste after eating them.

Curious about those whitening mouthpieces that emit blue light you see all over social media? Watch the video below to learn whether or not they’re really effective:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=D9n1d1nP1pk

Stick To The Science behind Teeth Whitening

Trends like charcoal toothpaste and lemon juice mouthwash will come and (hopefully) go, and occasionally we’ll discover remedies that do have benefits, like strawberries and bananas, but the best benefits to our teeth will always come from dentist-approved methods. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day, avoid sugary drinks and snacks, and schedule regular dental appointments.

If all of these good habits aren’t keeping your teeth white enough, talk to our teamat Burman Dental LLC about safe, professional whitening options.

Healthy smiles are beautiful smiles!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions. Top image used under CC0 Public Domain license. Image cropped and modified from original.

Dental Sealants Have Our Seal Of Approval

September 16th, 2017

AS PARENTS, our children’s well-being is always our #1 priority, and their oral health is a big part of that. It’s important to take good care of baby teeth, but what can we do to ensure that their permanent teeth get off to a good start?

A Child’s Risk Of Tooth Decay

Did you know that 40 percent of children will develop cavities by the time they reach kindergarten? Poor oral hygiene habits, sugary and sticky snacks can result in severe tooth decay in baby teeth, and genetics sometimes contribute to the problem as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGoBFU1q4g0

As important as baby teeth are, it’s even more important to protect incoming adult teeth from decay, because those are the final set of teeth your child will have! At Burman Dental, we want them to stay healthy and strong for a lifetime. One way of ensuring that a child has a lower risk for tooth decay is applying dental sealants to the permanent molars.

Dental Sealants Protect Hard-to-Reach Areas

Most of us have deep valleys and crevices between the peaks of our molars. Those can be very difficult spots to keep clean and decay-causing bacteria thrive there. That’s where a dental sealant comes in. Dental sealants serve as a barrier against bacteria and food particles settling in molar crevices. It doesn’t make up for slacking off in the brushing and flossing department, but it does give adult teeth extra protection against decay.

The ideal time for your child to get dental sealants is shortly after their adult molars erupt, which usually begins around age six. The sooner the sealants are in place, the less of an opportunity bacteria have of setting up shop in those hard-to-brush crevices.

Sealant Application Is Simple

Applying the sealant to teeth is simple, quick, noninvasive, and painless. First, the teeth are gently brushed and cleaned. Then, they are blown dry before being painted with special gel. The clear plastic coating is applied to the deeper grooves of the biting surface of the molars next. In order to harden this coating, we use a special light. Sealants can last from five to ten years, and we make sure to keep an eye on them when your child returns for their dental check-up.

Sealants Are Only One Part Of The Equation

Never forget that sealants are only part of the dental health equation for any child. It’s crucial to encourage good daily brushing and flossing habits. A healthy diet (specifically one in which sugary treats, sodas, and fruit juices are rare) will make it harder for tooth decay to encroach on tooth surfaces. And, of course, bringing your child in for regular dental appointments will enable us to spot problems earlier and make sure everything remains on track.

We’re in the business of protecting your family’s smile!

 

The content in our blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

The Trip to the Dentist Just Got a Lot Quicker

August 4th, 2017

In today’s ultra-busy world, people find it harder and harder to balance their personal and private lives. Long hours at the office, kids’ practices and catching dinner with friends are just a fraction of the activities that cram peoples’ calendars. This is a huge factor in a finding from a recent Gallup Well-being report that found that more than one-third (35.3%) of Americans had not visited the dentist in the past 12 months. In the midst of this chaos, it’s easy to skip your dentist visit or put off a non-emergency dental procedure. Our new Solea dental laser is perfect for performing quick, virtually pain-free procedures that barely disrupt your busy day.

The most obvious thing you’ll notice about Solea is that a dramatic decrease in our use of anesthesia. That means no more injections, no more waiting for numbness to settle in and – most importantly – no more slurred speech after your procedure. Working virtually anesthesia-free also enables us to complete more dental work during your visit. Our patients leave the office feeling fresh and ready to take on the world without any of the after effects of standard dental care. Book your appointment now to experience anesthesia-free dentistry for yourself.

The Swiss Army Knife of Dentistry

July 7th, 2017

By now, you’ve likely heard about our new, amazing dental laser, the Solea. It’s a radical breakthrough in dental technology and allows us to perform virtually painless and soundless procedures without any anesthesia. What types of procedures, you ask? Here’s a quick look at some of the more basic procedures where you’ll be experiencing Solea:

  • Cavity preps
  • Crown lengthening
  • Inlays
  • Onlays
  • Removing old fillings including amalgams and composites
  • Gingivectomies
  • Crown preps

We are really excited for all of our patients to come in and experience our ground-breaking new laser. With virtually no pain, no anesthesia and no sound, there’s no reason to put off your appointment any longer. Schedule your appointment right now!

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