Teeth whitening has become a common activity for many who seek to improve their appearance, just a gentle effort might be all that's needed or for the heavy smoker, some more radical approaches. The chemistry behind teeth whitening has come a long way in recent years and there are now over 100 teeth whitening products to choose from. Reviewing them all is not possible here but let's have a look at the most popular and cost-effective methods and some of the products available:

Toothpastes
These tend to provide the least amount of whitening activity as they are intended for long-term daily use and would suit those who just need a general "whitening upkeep" to maintain that winning smile. Abrasive toothpastes that profess to whiten teeth are not recommended by dentists at all as they damage enamel and increase the likelihood of staining in the future. Chemical based toothpaste whiteners do not have this effect but are not very effective short-term. The problem is that the chemicals are only in contact with the teeth for at most 2 minutes and this is not long enough to have an effect on the very weak enamel of the tooth. This means that only surface staining is labeled by toothpastes. The most popular brands are Colgate and Crest Whitening Toothpastes but a highly acclaimed outsider said to be effective at stain removal is toothpaste called SuperSmile.

Brush-on Whiteners
These contain one of two chemical whiteners and are "brush-on" solutions to teeth whitening. The basis is that a paste is brushed onto the teeth, the paste then dries and remains overnight after which it is brushed off in the morning. During the night, chemicals in the past whiten the teeth – quite a lot too!

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As temperatures rise, conversations regarding skin cancer become quite frequent. However, cancer prevention is a year round task, and visiting your dentist regularly may catch oral cancer early on in the game. The American Dental Association (ADA) has stated that "… approximately 35,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States." Some 25 percent of those people will die of the disease "and a new dental test can detect oral cancer in its earliest stages.

According to MedicalNewsToday.com, researchers at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are working on developing the test. The product will allow dentist to use a brush to harvest cell samples from a patient's oral cavity. The technology is being worked on thanks to funding from a $ 2 million award awarded by the USA's National Institutes of Health.

The yet unspecified test is believed to generate an accurate oral cancer diagnosis in twenty minutes or less. Like other current cancer detection methods, at the present time oral cancer can only be confirmed with a biopsy and lab study. Depending on the location and work queue of the labs, getting the results may take time.

When it comes to any type of cancer, early detection is essential to conquering the disease. Tobacco users (both smokers and chewers), heavy drinkers, sun worshipers and those with a history of oral cancer need to always be on high alert for any suspicious changes in their oral cavity. Thankfully there are visual warning signs of oral cancer including:

  • Pain or numbness in mouth
  • Problems speaking, chewing and swallowing
  • Changes in bite or general tooth health
  • Skin discoloration in the mouth especially patches of red or white
  • Sores that bleed or do not heal
  • Lumps and bumps in the mouth (including
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Bleeding gum is known in medical terms as “Gingivitis”. It is an inflammation in the mouth affecting the tissues around the teeth and gum. Gingivitis occurs when the teeth are not well taken care of by proper oral hygiene practices. The symptoms include bleeding of the gum during and after brushing of the teeth, bad breath, tender gum, painful gum among others. The gum turns red and swollen. If not treated promptly, the disease can degenerate into a serious problem as destruction of bone and teeth loss can occur. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth regularly, you run the risk of contracting gingivitis. These measures are to remove the thin layer of bacteria called, “plague”. A regular visit to the dentist is also a good idea. However, there are things you can do at home to prevent or arrest the situation.

Take These Steps At Home to Treat Gingivitis

  1. Use herbal toothpaste and mouthwash twice a day regularly to cure gingivitis.
  2. Make a homemade saline solution by putting a pinch of salt into a glass of lukewarm water. Rinse your mouth in the morning and evening daily to increase blood flow and ease swelling of the gum.
  3. Use mouthwash that contains menthol, sage oil, chamomile tincture, peppermint oil. Toothpaste containing sage oil, peppermint oil is also effective in the treatment of gingivitis.
  4. Rub your gums with coconut oil, sesame or drink diluted lemon juice to soothe the bleeding and receding gum. Also eat raw melons, pears and apples in order to soothe the bleeding and receding gums caused by gingivitis.
  5. Make a mixture of baking soda and water. Dab the affected area with a finger and then brush with the herbal powder. Not only would it heal but also neutralize the acidity of bacteria.
  6. Select from between sesame
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A general dentist is the person people usually approach whenever there is a problem related to their teeth. A dentist will see too many kinds of problems related to teeth and mouth but there are many such types of oral and dental problem for which a dentist will have to refer his patient to other professionals like prosthodontist, periodontist etc. Especially whenever there approaches a patient with a problem in alignment of teeth, the dentist will direct him to an orthodontist. An orthodontist deals with the problems of alignments of teeth and provides the patient with a solution in the form of braces or invisalign in the modern context. During the process of straightening of teeth, the role of an orthodontist is very important. He takes care of little problems related to the alignment and fixes them before they aggravate or cause problems or pain for the person. They work sincerely for the cause of straightening the teeth and bringing them in proper alignment.

An orthodontist will have to take an additional degree after the completion of degree in dentistry. This degree promises him a good career in this discipline of dentistry which is known as orthodontistry. An orthodontist will deal with the patient who will approach him with the problem of bad alignment of teeth. This bad alignment will be due to many reasons that will differ in each person.

With the help of invisalign the problem of misalignment of teeth will be solved. For an orthodontist to make his mark in his field, he needs to be skilled in handling the various appliances that are used in the treatment. He should have a reasonable amount of experience in dealing with different cases of patients with unique nature of misalignments. His experience will be the key for his success … Read the rest

Why on earth would an adult want to wear braces? In the past, braces were worn by children and teenagers. But times have changed. Today, 1 in 5 patients of orthodontists in the U.S. is an adult.

Adult dental braces are more popular than ever. That Huck Finn buck-toothed grin may be cute on a freckle-faced kid, but on an adult? No way! Or maybe you inherited the family heirloom-your grandfather’s gap-toothed grin or your grandmother’s lisp. Or perhaps you’re experiencing the pain caused by a TMJ problem, or are having trouble chewing and swallowing properly.

There are many reasons for having your teeth straightened. And, since the process typically takes 1-2 years and can cost several thousand dollars, your choice of orthodontist should be an informed one. Many orthodontists offer free consultations. It’s a good idea to shop around and check out at least 2 or 3 orthodontists before making a commitment. To make the decision easier, here are 5 facts to know before choosing an orthodontist.

1. The orthodontist you choose should practice high professional standards. Does he belong to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)? How long has he been practicing? Are his license and other credentials current? Does he continually update his training?

1. You should decide what a successful outcome looks like. Do you want to close a gap, straighten crooked teeth, improve your bite or correct a speech impairment, such as lisping? What is it you want the braces treatment to accomplish?

2. Besides the traditional stainless steel “metal-mouth” braces, there are many other styles and techniques such as ceramic or plastic ones and the so-called “invisible” braces or even porcelain veneers. Does the orthodontist offer a variety of options and the latest trends in other teeth straightening techniques?

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Keeping your teeth white can be quite a hard feat. Why? This is because every day people eat foods that cause decay to the teeth and people can lose the sparkly whiteness that once existed. Most foods are really bad for teeth but there are some especially bad. Haribo for example is made up of gelatine and sugar and are some of the worst substances you can eat. However, when foods are bad they tend to be nice so one bag no and then is allowed!

It is not just food that is bad for the teeth. Drinks can also be very bad too. Coffee can cause discoloring and quickly and make them yellow. People in the UK tend to drink a lot of coffee as it is very important to stay active and alert so you are always on the ball for work. Alcohol too can damage teeth and people in the UK also tend to drink a lot of alcohol.

To counter the harmful substances people consume, people can brush their teeth regularly. People are suppose to brush twice a day, but in reality this doesn’t always happen. Furthermore, people are also suppose to brush their teeth for three minutes but again this rarely happens. This is mainly because people do not know how long three minutes actually is. Instead they think two minutes may be three, or possibly even less. Realistically, the only way to brush your teeth for three minutes is to use a stopwatch or a clock with a second hand. This would ensure brushing for 3 whole minutes.

Brushing your teeth will keep your them looking fresh but they will not get the white back. The only way to do this is to use a teeth whitening service or laser teeth whitening. This is … Read the rest