A White Smile for the Holidays

The holidays are here! And you’ll be dealing with family gatherings, company parties, extra meals and photos of you being taken at every event.

Now, when you’re smiling for the 100th photo of the week, how white will your teeth be? After all, repeated exposure to foods, drinks or smoking can cause your teeth to lose their original shine and become dull and stained.

So, do you want to have a bright and dazzling smile? Of course you do!

After all, a bright white smile helps you meet new people, introduce yourself and make new friends. If your teeth are not as white as you would like or your teeth have been damaged, you don’t have to hide your smile. Teeth whitening, when done properly, can restore the original brightness of teeth and reduces the visibility of stains or discolorations.

One of the questions I’m frequently asked is “What’s a safe way to whiten my teeth at home?”

First of all, DO NOT trust the internet for ways to whiten your teeth. Two of the most popular ways shown will actually harm your teeth and outweigh the benefits of making them whiter:
• Using lemon juice might make your teeth whiter. BUT it’s very acidic and can damage your enamel – meaning you’ll get a lot more cavities.
• Brushing your teeth with charcoal will grind away your enamel, again causing you to get many more cavities.

If you do want to whiten your teeth, I recommend you come into my dental office. This way you can walk in with stained teeth, and a short while later you can walk out with pearly whites.

If you want to do it at home, I recommend that you use over-the-counter whitening strips and avoid the whitening mouth-rinses. Both of these whitening methods use hydrogen peroxide, which can actually cause tissue damage. So, by using the strips on your teeth, you’re keeping the hydrogen peroxide to your teeth, and away from the soft-tissue of your mouth.

So, to get your teeth white, and keep your teeth — or your mouth — from getting damaged, just visit your dentist, ok?

I wish you all happy holidays and a white and brilliant smile.

-Dr. Taj

For more information, be sure to visit me or my staff at one of the three locations shown below, go to my website at ModernFamilyDentalCare.com, or watch my Dental Minute video on how to whiten your teeth:

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