Why is Teeth Whitening Needed?
Have you ever caught your smile in a mirror and thought, “oh, my teeth are a bit yellow!”
Teeth discolouration occurs for many reasons overtime. Staining can form from coloured foods and drinks (like tea, coffee and wine) and smoking. Tartar and plaque can build up if oral hygiene is poor, which can discoloured teeth. Also, your enamel (the outermost layer of a tooth) can wear down over time, revealing the dentin (a yellow tissue) below.
Thankfully, most discolourations can be remedied with our at-home whitening methods:
Baking soda is a common ingredient in most toothpastes and has natural whitening properties. Brushing your teeth with baking soda and water works a mild abrasive that gently scrubs the surface of teeth over time. Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of water, brush 1-2 times per week. However, if done too frequently or for a long time, this can be too abrasive to teeth.
At Home Teeth Whitening Kits From a Qualified Professional
At home teeth whitening kits consists of a tray that is shaped to your specific teeth and tubes of whitening solution. The whitening process lasts from 1-3 weeks depending on the shade of the teeth. Unlike some whitening treatments that use a bright light or laser directly to the teeth, the at home kit allows people to feel in control of the treatment. Patients have the ability to stop whitening when they are happy with the shade or if they feel any sensitivity. There is also the option to top up later on in the year.
Always visit a qualified dental professional to whiten your teeth as they have the proper training to recognise any complications with your teeth. Our advanced at home teeth whitening kits are available at our clinic to individuals aged 18+.
Coconut Oil Pulling
While coconut oil pulling or other forms of oil pulling have not been scientifically proven to whiten teeth, it does seem to have positive effects on oral hygiene. Oil pulling is the process of taking a small amount of oil and swishing it around in the mouth for 10 minutes or so. This is not to be used as a replacement for brushing or flossing, but it can be used in addition. Taking a teaspoon full of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth as you would with mouthwash (start with just a few minutes and work your way up to 10).
Brushing After Meals & Attending Regular Hygiene Cleanings
Daily oral hygiene upkeep is critical to keeping plaque and tartar at a minimum. Brushing your teeth promptly after each meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for 2 minutes and flossing every day is ideal. Everyone should visit a dental hygienist for a cleaning twice a year. These visits are known as a “scale and polish” where the hygienist scales away plaque and tartar (from the teeth and the under the gum line) and polishes the teeth to take away any superficial staining. Some individuals may notice their teeth are a shade whiter leaving the hygienist!
Our hygienist, Kieva, is available for cleanings at our clinic for just €60!
A Good Diet With Fruits & Vegetables
A good diet is beneficial to your entire body, including your teeth. Various, rough fruits and vegetables can also aid in scrubbing away plaque as you eat them. Some examples of good foods for your teeth are: strawberries, apples and celery.