Keeping Your Teeth White Between Dental Visits

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Keeping Your Teeth White Between Dental Visits

Taking care of your teeth might seem mundane, but without enough attention, those pearly whites of yours can easily turn tinged and stained. Sure, having your teeth cleaned every few months at your dentist's office is a great start to maintaining a beautiful smile, but it isn't enough to keep each tooth pearly white on an ongoing basis. Now, don't get me wrong – you don't have to spend an arm and a leg on professional maintenance in order to get the results you want. You can use a variety of methods at home, like creating your own whitening mouthwash, that can help to keep you teeth white between dentist visits. Hopefully, the tips and techniques offered on this blog is enough to get you the results that you're after.

Three Things That Can Totally Ruin Your Dental Implants And Cost You More Money

Dental implants are an excellent way to replace missing or extracted teeth. If you decide to get a few implants or an entire mouthful to replace your natural teeth, just be aware that the dental implants are not foolproof. There are some things that can definitely damage and ruin your implants and cost you more money to replace them.

Gargling and Rinsing with Peroxide

While you may think that peroxide can make your faux teeth even whiter and "cure" your gum disease, it cannot. Worse still, the peroxide can wear down the dental resins used to make implants, eventually allowing them to discolor with the food you eat. This leads to an ongoing vicious circle of rinsing with more hydrogen peroxide to whiten both your natural teeth and your implants in an attempt to get them all the same color.

Since you can't whiten implants, you may want to talk to your dentist about getting translucent veneers, since they can be attached to implants in your desired color. Talk with your dentist for more information.

Using Your Dental Implants In Place of Scissors and Can Openers

Dental implants are very strong and very secure. However, they can still be damaged, cracked, or removed from your jaw by force. If your dentist has not already warned you, do not use your implant teeth to tear bags or pop open plastic or metal bottle tops. It may be a fun party trick to open a beer without a bottle opener, but implants are not made to be used in these ways and will eventually fracture and break. Considering the cost of placing just a few implants in your mouth, you may want to avoid using your faux teeth for these tasks.

Continuing Excessive Smoking, Drug Usage, and Alcohol Consumption

Your dentist may have already warned you about the failure rate that many smokers face when it comes to implants. And, since many people who abuse drugs and/or alcohol have poor nutrition, that can directly translate into gum disease, low bone density, infections, etc.

Gums can recede from around the implants, exposing them as fake teeth, while low bone density can cause the implant bases and screws to come loose. Infections in and around the implants may result in the removal of the implants to save the gum tissues and bone while eliminating the infections. If you use or abuse drugs or alcohol, you may lose your dental implants, which may be equally as costly as your habit (if not more so) to replace them.