Teeth Whitening Myths and Tricks 

Get on social media any given day and odds are you will see a couple different DIY teeth whitening methods. Despite this, some of these “tricks” can actually be harmful to your teeth. At Snow Family Dentistry, we’re here to set the record straight and help you determine fact from fiction. 

Method: Using Household Items to Whiten Your Teeth

This method claims you can make your teeth whiter and brighter using household staples that are naturally acidic (like lemons, oranges, apple cider vinegar). 

At Snow Family Dentistry, we agree that fruit is a healthy food choice; however, fruit and vinegar contain acid that can wear away your enamel. Enamel is the thin outer layer of your teeth that protects you from tooth sensitivity and cavities. Therefore, we do not recommend this method. 

Method: Using Charcoal to Whiten Your Teeth 

This method involves brushing your teeth with activated charcoal or baking soda mixed with hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth. 

According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, there is no evidence supporting this method. Additionally, scrubbing your teeth with something that is too rough and abrasive can actually wear your enamel away. 

In fact, when enamel is worked down- it can actually make your teeth more yellow than white. 

Instead, we recommend choosing a whitening toothpaste with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. The Seal lets you know the toothpaste you choose is safe, effective and won’t damage your teeth.

Method: Swishing Oil or Spices Can Whiten Your Teeth 

This method involves swishing oils (like olive or coconut oil) or spices in your mouth to whiten your teeth. This practice is not supported by any evidence or facts. 

Snow Family Dentistry Teeth Whitening Tricks 

Although the above stated methods will not whiten your teeth, the following practices will! 

-Brush daily! It is recommended that you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time.
-Use whitening toothpaste
-Try staying away from food that stain your teeth (example: coffee, red wine, tea).
-Get regular checkups and cleanings.

If you’re interested in getting your teeth professionally whitened or are in need of a check up, we can help! Our family practice will do our best to make you feel at home and will cater to your every need! To schedule an appointment with us today, click here

How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy During the Holidays

To keep your teeth healthy and clean this holiday season, follow these Snow Family Dentistry tips! 

  1. Avoid Cracking Nuts with Your teeth 

Although protein found in nuts helps keep muscles and bones strong, you shouldn’t test the strength of your teeth by shelling nuts with them. The hard surface of most nutshells can cause serious tooth and gum damage, and may even crack teeth. To avoid a dental emergency, shell nuts before eating them. 

  1. Be Careful When Eating Chewy Treats

The holidays are full of candy platters that are usually loaded with chewy treats that can harm your teeth. This is because substances that are sticky can cling to tooth enamel and lead to tooth decay. Additionally, caramel and taffy treats can even yank out fillings. We’re not saying avoid these items all together, just eat them sparingly and along with other foods to keep them from sticking to your teeth.

  1. Don’t Use Your Teeth to Open Packages and Bottles

While opening presents, avoid using your teeth- they are not the right tools for the task! Gripping a package or stubborn bottle cap with your teeth can crack them, possibly requiring a root canal or crown. To avoid this, reach for scissors or a bottle opener instead.

  1. Avoid Chewing On Hard Things 

Crunching on ice or hard candy can lead to cracked or chipped teeth, which are painful and pricey to treat. Whether you’re enjoying a sweet, or finishing the ice in your holiday cocktail, let it dissolve naturally. Better yet, skip these items altogether. Ice can cause discomfort for sensitive teeth, and hard candies promote tooth decay.

  1. Do Not Bite Your Nails 

We all know that the holidays can be very stressful; despite this, try to avoid biting your nails as much as possible! This habit is bad for your fingernails and teeth, and is linked to teeth grinding, clenching, jaw problems, facial pain and sensitive teeth. If you get the urge to start biting your nails, distract yourself for a few minutes. If that doesn’t work, consider buying bitter-tasting nail polish that’s designed to dissuade you from putting your nails anywhere near your mouth.

Why Choose Snow Family Dentistry 

From our family to yours, we hope you have a very happy holiday season! If you would like to schedule a check up or teeth whitening service before you visit family and friends, schedule an appointment with us today! 

 

Snow Family Dentistry Tips for Choosing the Right Dentist

Searching for a dentist? Make sure you consider these five things before making an appointment! 

  1. Choose a Dentist with a Good Reputation

The first important consideration when looking for the perfect dentist is to check his or her reputation. Fortunately, there are many ways to research dentists and their practice history. One of the first things to do is to search online reviews to see what positive or negative experiences patients have had. At Snow Family Dentistry, we have 69 five star reviews on Google

  1. Check The State Dental Board 

Dentists are held accountable by their state dental board. Each state has a board of dentistry website that tracks the history of claims against a particular dentist. Make sure that the dentist you are about to see does not have any suspicious claims against them.

  1. Consult Your Dentist 

Before choosing your dentist, interview them first! Find out where he/she graduated, how long they have been practicing, what type of dentistry they do and how many staff members work there. 

  1. Ask Friends and Family for Referrals 

Ask your friends and neighbors where they go for dental work. There is no better way to find a great dentist than to find out who your friends and family trust. Most people will not recommend bad service to you or advise you to see a dentist they are not pleased with.

  1. Choose Carefully 

Everyone has a certain criterion when they look for the right dental office. For instance, some patients want a larger practice that sees a high volume of patients. Others may seek a family-oriented practice, like ours, that treats each patient as a part of their family. You just have to make the decision that is right for you.

Why Choose Snow Family Dentistry 

At Snow Family Dentistry, we know that it is not an easy decision to choose a dentist that is right for you and your family. This is why we offer a free consultation so you can get to know our team! To schedule yours today, please click here.