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For many of us, whiter teeth are a sign of youth, beauty, and vitality. If your teeth look dull and lifeless, you may lose some self confidence causing you to miss out on precious moments in life. As we age, our teeth will lose some of their natural whiteness, changing instead to a yellowish, even brownish/gray tinge. This occurs from our daily habits like drinking coffee, possibly smoking, or drinking red wine.

We are bombarded by magazine and television ads displaying models with perfectly white teeth. After awhile, you begin to wonder whether you can have whiter, brighter teeth too? Luckily, there are many options out there to do just that. The traditional way has been to go to the dentist and have them professionally whitened under controlled conditions. Today, we have other options like teeth whitening toothpastes. Are these toothpastes effective at whitening our teeth?

What Is Special About Teeth Whitening Toothpastes?

Most of us use toothpaste every day just to maintain our dental hygiene. It is a product we are all very familiar with. Manufactures have now found a way to add an extra element to your favorite toothpastes allowing the addition of teeth whitening materials into the mix to give you an added benefit.  Some are more abrasive to help remove surface stains, some have peroxide and other additive ingredients to actually allow for some deeper whitening to occur. It should be noted that teeth whitening toothpastes do work, but they will NOT whiten your teeth as effectively as your dentist can. Also, each individual’s results will vary.

Teeth whitening toothpastes commonly contain the following ingredients:

Hydrogen peroxide. The same teeth whitening ingredient used in most teeth whitening strips. This is found in the new Colgate Optic White toothpaste.

-Sodium Hydroxide. This is another ingredient used to whiten teeth. Crest 3D white toothpaste utilizes this as it’s main teeth whitening agent.

Sodium Tripolyphosphate. Do not be scared off by the long name. This chemical is effective in removing stains from the enamel on your teeth.

Blue Covarine. This chemical is present in some teeth whitening toothpaste. Blue covarine has the ability to adhere to the surface of teeth creating an optical illusion that can make our teeth appear less yellow.

Abrasives. These abrasives, such as baking soda, will provide a perfect cleansing and polishing on the teeth surface and over time will remove light stains that make our teeth appear yellowish or brown.

When used twice a day, teeth whitening toothpaste generally takes from two to six weeks to make teeth appear whiter and brighter. Teeth whitening toothpastes that contain blue covarine can have an almost immediate effect on your smile.

Teeth Whitening Toothpaste Conclusion

Americans spend over $1.5 billion on toothpaste per year and it is a rapidly growing market. Many of the toothpastes have become quite specialized, especially those geared towards teeth whitening. But do teeth whitening toothpastes really work? The simple answer is yes, but to what degree?. If your teeth are brown and discolored, it will not work as effectively as a professional teeth whitening. The difference being, that the dentist uses chemicals specifically designed to whiten teeth (and applied under very controlled conditions) whereas many of the teeth whitening toothpastes on the market use much lower concentrations of these whitening agents, or none at all. Don’t get overly frustrated if using teeth whitening toothpastes don’t do much for you. They are helpful in some mild degree of whitening, but will not give you the super white smile that actual professional whitening will. They are best used as an adjunct to a professional whitening, to help keep your teeth whiter and brighter longer, or for younger people to brighten up an already nice smile. Teeth whitening toothpastes are a cost effective way to brighten your smile, discontinue use if they begin to cause sensitivity.

It is always recommended you see your dentist for professional cleanings and dental examinations. This is a perfect time to discuss teeth whitening options and what method would work best for you. Teeth whitening can be a very personalized choice and each program can be tailored to each patient’s needs and expectations. Find out today how to get your teeth whiter and brighter.



Taking a short or even a long trip is usually a fun experience but it can be stressful when it comes to what to pack. We try so hard not to forget the essentials, like packing

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Maintain Your Dental Hygiene While On The Road.

enough socks, underwear,shoes, etc. We try to be prepared for whatever the weather, and events the trip might involve. With all of hustle and bustle, many people overlook bringing travel friendly dental hygiene products with them when on the road. Maintaining our dental hygiene while on the road can pay real dividends to your dental health and your overall health. So what are some of the best dental products to keep up with our dental hygiene when on the road?

Best Dental Hygiene Products For Travel

The key to any of these products will be the actual use and the size. As we all know size is always an issue when packing especially when going on an airline these days.

-Traveling Manual Toothbrush. The traveling manual toothbrush may be a simple tool but it does perform well. It simply folds in half so the bristles are protected from dirt and bacteria while traveling. A good example of this is the Colgate traveling folding toothbrush. Just do not forget to brush regularly while on vacation.

-Travel size Electric ToothbrushSimilar to the at home version but just smaller. A very good example of this is the VIOlight Travel Toothbrush.  It runs on 2 AAA batteries and delivers quite a punch while weighing only 2 ounces. The best part about these brushes is they come in different colors and designs so no one in your family can mix up brushes.

Toothbrush cover caps. If you don’t want to buy a special toothbrush, use your usual one, but pack it with cover cap. Colored plastic snap-on covers to keep your toothbrush from dripping on your other items, and to keep it clean. The different colors help you distinguish toothbrushes. These are very inexpensive, a package of 4 can be found in a dollar store.

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Practice Good Dental Hygiene To Maintain A Healthy Smile.

-Travel Size Fluoride Toothpaste. Fluoride toothpaste is the cornerstone of any good dental hygiene regimen. You can bring the sample sized toothpaste you get from your hygienist at your next cleaning.

-Floss or flossers. Floss or packs of flossers are tiny and take up little space but pack quite a punch when it comes to dental hygiene.

-Travel size Mouthwash. Remember to keep this small(3.4 oz. or less). If this is in your carry-on, you will not be able to bring it on board if it is not the acceptable size. You don’t want to have to discard a larger bottle of mouthrinse. Remember, according to TSA regulations, all carry-on liquids must be 3.4 oz. or less and placed in a quart sized Ziploc bag, only one bag per passenger.

-Waterpik Flosser Travel Size. The waterpik is an excellent adjunct to any dental hygiene program. If this is a product you use at home, then you would not want to leave without it.

Dental Hygiene Tips While Traveling

-Do not forget to brush after every meal. If you are unable to brush immediately, rinse with water after every meal.

-Limit snacking.

-Carry sugar free gum with xylitol to chew if you are unable to brush.

-Always brush and floss before bed.

Dental Hygiene Conclusion

Maintaining good dental hygiene at home can be challenging, so doing it while traveling may be even more difficult. Our dental hygiene needs to be a routine in our daily lives even when we are far from home. To maintain good dental health as well as overall health becomes easier over time. The results of a good dental hygiene regimen are well worth it in the end.

Most people brush in the morning and then again just before bedtime. But what happens at lunch time when you are at work? Statistics show the majority of Americans are neglecting daytime dental care even when they spend about 35% or more of every weekday at work.

Many of us eat lunch on the go while at work. This leads to poor choices whether it be sugary soft drinks or a meal loaded with carbohydrates. These meals and snacks contribute a lot of food debris and plaque, which can significantly increase the chance of tooth decay and periodontal disease. Brushing and flossing after lunch can definitely reduce the food debris and plaque build up, creating a healthier environment.

Recent survey’s by the Academy of General Dentistry found that only 14 % of us brush every day while at work. The survey also found that having an extra tooth brush at the office increases your chances of brushing at work by about 65 %.

Tips To Maintain Dental Hygiene At Work

-Post a Reminder. Sticky post-it notes can be a great way to remind yourself to brush your teeth after lunch. Place a note on your desk or computer reminding you to brush and floss.

-Brush Immediately after Lunch. Make it a habit to brush and floss immediately following lunch. The reason is once you go back to work you get lost in the rest of the day and you will forget to do it.

-Travel Container. Store your tooth brush in your desk or office in some type of travel container container to keep it clean. Also, make sure you dry your tooth brush after each use.

-Replace work tooth brush often. Replace your office toothbrush more often than your toothbrush at home to avoid bacteria buildup, and always change your toothbrush after an illness.

Dental Hygiene Products for the Office

-Colgate Wisp Max on-the-go. A full size tooth brush is the way to go if possible but these work well, and are quite small to fit in any desk.

-Travel Container. There are various types of these on the market to make it easy to store your brush at work. A good choice is the standing toothbrush holder with microbahn, which can be found at the container store.  Plastics  infused with microbahn  inhibit  the growth of odor and stain causing bacteria.

-Reach Access Flosser. These make it easy to floss after lunch. They come in a convenient package that can be thrown away after each use. No need to spool out a long piece of floss. You can literally floss your entire mouth in under 15 seconds with flossers.

-Listerine Strips or Closys spray to eliminate bad breath. These can be used following lunch and before a big meeting to give you confidence and avoid that embarrassing bad breath.

Periogen. An easy way to keep our mouth clean after a meal. Periogen powder is added to water to make  an oral tartar dissolving rinse that can be used as a rinse following a meal. The periogen will help keep tartar, plaque, and stain from forming on your teeth between professional cleanings.

Xylitol gumIf you can do nothing else, at least chew gum. It will help remove some sticky debris, freshen breath, and stimulate saliva flow to neutralize bacteria.

Conclusion

Anyone in the business world knows how important appearances are to getting ahead. Studies have shown that one of the least attractive traits of co workers is bad breath. Do not let yourself be that person at work. Brush, floss, and rinse following lunch at work and you will have a happier, healthier smile to impress your boss and clients. As always visit your dentist regularly for dental examinations and professional cleanings to ensure your smile lasts a lifetime.