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Teeth Whitening in Houston – How To Protect Your Smile

Posted on August 27th, 2014

Teeth StainedIt’s easy to protect yourself from things you know will stain your teeth, but what about those mysterious offenders you didn’t even know are turning your pearly whites into dull yellows? It is not uncommon for Houston residents to have stained teeth, but we at Dassani Dentistry are going to give you the information on teeth whitening you need to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. Don’t forget to schedule regular cleanings, because Dr. Meghna Dassani is the expert on getting rid of stains and making sure they never get a chance to hurt your smile.

Everybody knows that beverages like tea, coffee and red wine are some of the worst tooth-staining culprits around, but did you know that there are a number of other beverages that can take away from your beautiful smile? Sports drinks, white wine, and cranberry juice are not your teeth’s friends.

Sports Drinks

They replenish your electrolytes, so sports drinks are just generally healthy, right? Unfortunately, that is not the case. Due to the high acidity level, sports drinks cause tooth erosion. Not to mention the excessive quantity of sugar found in many sports drinks. How can you minimize negative effects? Chug it! We don’t really want you to gulp it down in a few seconds, but drinking sports drinks in a shorter amount of time (rather than all throughout the game) will keep the exposure to your teeth at a minimum. Rinse your teeth with water to help even more.

White Wine

Here you are thinking that red wine is worse for your teeth, when Dr. Meghna Dassani comes along with some new information. Studies now suggest that white wine is actually capable of stripping the enamel and darkening your teeth, and that effect is compounded if you happen to drink other staining beverages after the white wine. You are welcome to call Dassani Dentistry anytime for specific instructions, but we recommend that you don’t brush your teeth after drinking wine for 20-30 minutes, as that could damage your enamel further. It is better to swish with water and wait to brush.

Cranberry Juice

This tooth-staining beverage is not quite as stealthy as some of the others we will discuss. The pigments in cranberry and other juices (indicated by dark color) are known to cause stains and yellow teeth. We at Dassani Dentistry recommend that our Houston patients get very comfortable drinking from straws, and as always, swishing water in your mouth afterwards helps.

Now that we’ve covered the beverages responsible for secretly staining teeth, we’ll discuss some common home-health products that are lesser-known enemies of a bright and shiny smile. Pepto-Bismol can turn your teeth black, and over-whitening may actually make your teeth appear less white.

Pepto-Bismol

Before you prepare yourself for a life of stomach discomfort, let us tell you the whole story. This popular gastrointestinal cure-all has been known to cause an odd side-effect: turning your teeth and tongue black. It is temporary and harmless. The bismuth in Pepto-Bismol can react with the sulfur in your saliva to produce a harmless chemical that happens to be black. In most cases, brushing your teeth will clear this right up. However, you can always come to Dassani Dentistry for a cleaning and we’ll make your teeth nice and shiny again.

Over-whitening

There is some disagreement among scientists, but the majority of dental health researchers believe that using whitening treatments too often can negatively affect your teeth by making them more porous and reducing their top layer of enamel. This in turn makes your teeth appear slightly discolored, which is exactly the opposite of what you wanted in the first place! How do you protect yourself from teeth whitening disasters? Be reasonable with how many treatments you use and remember that Dr. Meghna Dassani is always available to help you make the right dental health choices for a healthier mouth and a beautiful smile. Call Dassani Dentistry today to set up an appointment!

Sources

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1221843/White-wine-rots-teeth–brushing-makes-worse.html?ITO=1490

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,182447,00.html

http://dradental.com/2007/10/cranberry-juice-and-your-teeth.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,187515,00.html

http://www.pepto-bismol.com/common-questions

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About Meghna Dassani, DMD

Dr. Meghna Dassani received her initial dental training from the University of Mumbai, India, where she graduated in 1996 as Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS). After working as an associate for one year, she established her own practice in Mumbai, India. She successfully operated this practice for six years prior to moving to the US. When Dr. Meghna Dassani is not in the office she is at home being a mommy to her 2 beautiful girls and enjoying time relaxing with her husband. Since opening her own practice in 2011 she doesn’t have a lot of free time but when the time allows she enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, visiting with friends and family and of course SHOPPING with a Starbucks in her hand!

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