As small a part of the body as it is, the mouth holds great power over our overall health and well-being. It impacts how you feel and how you interact with others. When things arent quite right in your oral cavity, you may feel self-conscious and less social. When there is pain or sensitivity in the mouth, it can be downright hard to tolerate. Understanding how impactful a healthy mouth is helps you to understand the importance of proper teeth cleaning.
Teeth cleaning is done both at home and in the dentists office. However, since most of this task is performed at home, it is important for individuals to have specific goals in mind when brushing. Clearly, you want to wash away debris and food from your most recent meal when you brush. You also want to be left with a mouth and breath that feels fresh after brushing. Teeth cleaning done on a regular basis should go beyond these two aspects, however.
Healthy teeth come from not only brushing but rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash that fights plaque as well as regular flossing. Most people will take the step to brush daily or even twice or three times a day. But flossing is the best way to remove debris that can settle below the gum line. This debris is called biofilm and we all have it. Flossing limits the bacteria that can mix with tiny food particles, and also keeps plaque from building up at the gum line by moving the biofilm around frequently. In our South Carolina offices as well as our North Carolina offices, we preach flossing!
Having a bright white smile is another important aspect to proper cleaning. Many people use whitening toothpaste; but this is a limited approach to teeth whitening. For many patients, time has aged teeth and produced a dullness that negatively impacts the smile. In this case, which applies to the majority of individuals seeking a whiter smile, the best teeth whitening methods are those which are more powerful. Some of the available teeth whitening methods are:
Over the counter whitening strips
Bleaching gel tray
Laser teeth whitening
Some dentists actually like when their patients reach first for the over-the-counter method. For the most part, these methods do work. However, the results are miniscule. If youre looking for dramatic results, you can only get those from your dentist.
Bleaching kits obtained from the dentist are one of the best teeth whitening methods because it is effective and affordable. Custom trays allow for a comfortable fit and also keep gel from escaping into the mouth. The bleach obtained from your dentist will be more powerful and you will see better results faster.
Laser whitening methods are highly popular because they take so little time. Although laser whitening may be a more expensive alternative, there are no trays and there is no real waiting. Whiter teeth are yours in about an hour.
A white smile is indicative of good health. It allows you to feel great about yourself and to have more confidence. Because of the many options available, you never have to live with a dull or yellow smile. Talk to your dentist to determine your best whitening option.