20 Effective Home Remedies For Toothaches And Pain Relief

Have you ever had an ache or pain in your tooth that has caused your discomfort while eating, drinking, or all on it’s own? Most people at one time or another have suffered from a toothache or tooth related pain. There are many factors that can influence mouth pain. Anything from sensitivity to tooth decay can cause varying degrees of discomfort.

Home Remedies for Toothaches

It is often difficult to determine what the source of the pain is caused by without the insight of a professional. However, not all aches and pains are signs of underlying issues and there are a few factors and symptoms you can take into consideration before deciding to visit your dentist. However, if the pain does not go away within a week, you should book an appointment with your dentist.

Factors That Can Cause Toothaches And Pain

Here are a few of the most common reasons behind toothaches and pain :

Sensitivity


sensitive teeth

If you experience sharp pains or aching when you eat hot or cold foods, this may indicate that you have sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth can be caused by a number of factors including genetics, age, enamel erosion, cracked teeth, or receded gums. Sometimes sweet or acidic foods may also leave individuals with sensitive teeth in discomfort.

Fortunately, if you have sensitive teeth, there are lots of simple treatment options. Most commonly, using toothpaste for sensitive teeth controls and solves the problem. In some cases, dental consultation and treatment are needed, but this is rare.

Abscessed Tooth


Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth is a very painful infection between the gums and the root of the tooth. Most commonly, this is caused by advanced tooth decay. Sometimes cracked, broken, or chipped teeth may also result in an abscess, as well as in some cases of gingivitis and periodontitis. Abscesses must be treated as the infection can spread to the pulp and sometimes the bone surrounding the tooth. A common treatment for abscesses is root canal and medication.

You can recognize an abscessed tooth by a few symptoms including fever, moderate to severe pain, bitter taste in the mouth, foul-smelling breath, swollen glands, discomfort, illness, redness of the gums, bleeding, and draining sores on the side of the gums. If you have any of these symptoms along with your toothache, you should book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

Damaged/Eroded Enamel


damaged teeth

Cracked, chipped, or enamel that has been damaged or eroded over time. Grinding your teeth in your sleep is one of the most common causes of eroding tooth enamel, leaving your teeth more sensitive and vulnerable to decay and other issues.

If your tooth is cracked or damaged in any way, you will need to see your dentist for treatment and sometimes a filling or reconstruction may be required. For grinding, a night guard may be purchased or custom made to prevent the individual from grinding. Stress is often a contributing factor when it comes to grinding, so consulting a therapist or friends is sometimes also recommended.

Caries


Tooth decay

Caries, also more commonly known as cavities, are an infection of the enamel, resulting in a hole or holes in the tooth. Cavities are a type of tooth decay, which must be treated with a filling in order to stop the infection and decay. You can’t always tell if you have a cavity, which is why you should regularly visit the dentist, twice annually for cleaning and checkups to help you maintain healthy teeth.

Sinus Infection


sinus infection

A sinus infection or sinus pressure may result in tooth pain or a toothache. This usually happens in the upper teeth, the ones closest to the sinuses. Swelling may occur, causing your teeth to ache. However, this should only be temporary because as the swelling from the infection goes down, the aching should disappear as well. If the tooth pain lasts beyond 7 days of recovering from the infection, you should see your dentist.

20 Effective Home Remedies For Toothaches And Pain Relief

Toothaches home remedies

1. Oil Pulling


oil pulling

Oil pulling is an oral hygiene technique used for centuries by many cultures. It is called oil pulling because you use oil to “pull” bacteria and toxins away from your teeth. Oil pulling is done by swishing a tablespoon or so of oil in your mouth for ten to twenty (10-20) minutes. Oil pulling is typically done with coconut, sesame, or olive oil. On top of treating toothaches, oil pulling has also been shown to:

  • Whiten teeth
  • Kill bad breath
  • Prevent Cavities
  • Soothe dry throat
  • Strengthen gums

Oil pulling is a cheap, effective way to help your toothache, with many other benefits.

2. Saltwater


salt water

Warm salt water is one of the most commonly mentioned home cures for a toothache. First, heat up 8 ounces of water. This can be done in a microwave, with a pot, or straight from the tap. Only allow the water to get warm. Your toothache could be caused by sensitivity, and a cup of hot water would only make it worse. Place ¼ to ½ teaspoon of salt in the warm water. Stir until the salt is dissolved. The salt water “draws” fluid out of the area of the toothache, reduce pressure on your nerve endings caused by swollen tissue.

3. Peppermint


Peppermint

Peppermint has natural numbing properties. This means it can be used to cure a toothache quite effectively. Common methods use peppermint oil, peppermint tea, or peppermint tea bags. If using peppermint oil, a small amount should be applied to a cotton swab or q-tip. This should then be applied to the area of the toothache. When using peppermint tea bags--used or unused-- you should press the tea bag against the area of the toothache and hold it there for 20 minutes. When using peppermint tea, simply drink the tea as you would any other hot beverage, making sure to swish the tea over the area of the toothache. Keep in mind your toothache could be caused by sensitivity, so you should allow the tea to cool a bit after making it.

4. Garlic


garlic

Garlic is one of the most popular home remedies for a toothache. Garlic has a few compounds in it that combine to form allicin, a natural antibiotic. When garlic is crushed, the allicin will be released. Simply apply a crushed clove of garlic to the affected tooth in order to relieve the pain. You can also mix the garlic rock salt for the added antibacterial benefits. Between the garlic and the salt, it may kill the infection that is ailing you, or at the very least, help to relieve some of the pain before you can get a chance to visit a dentist while keeping cleaner with fewer bacteria, thanks to the allicin in the garlic.

5. Cloves


cloves

Cloves have been used for centuries to relieve toothache pain and fight bacteria. You can either use cloves as a paste or clove oil to help your toothache. In either case, you can apply the clove paste or oil directly to your tooth to sooth it naturally. The compound eugenol found in cloves is known to be a soothing agent, relieving pain. However, eugenol tends to be more concentrated in clove oil, so keep that in mind when deciding how to treat your toothache or pain at home. Since clove oil is completely non-toxic and edible, you don’t need to rinse. But, try to keep the clove in place as long as possible for best results.

6. Turmeric


turmeric

Turmeric has many natural benefits that make it an excellent toothache remedy. This spice is well-known for its pain relief, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties. Simply add a teaspoon of turmeric to a small amount of water and mix to create a paste. This can be applied directly to the area or applied by first putting it on a cotton ball, then putting the cotton ball in your mouth.

7. Oregano Oil


oregano oil

Oregano oil is a simple, common, household cooking ingredient, but it can also act as a great toothache relieving agent when you’re in a pinch. To use, simply apply a small amount of oil to a q-tip, and apply the oil to the affected area. You’ll need to reapply every few hours as the pain returns. Oregano works to help your mouth because it is an antibacterial agent, while also reducing pain and swelling. Oregano has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which help reduce swelling and reduce pains and aches. The Carvacrol found in oregano oil is responsible for this result.

8. Hydrogen Peroxide


Hydrogen Peroxide

You’ve probably used hydrogen peroxide on a small cut before to help disinfect and soothe it. But did you know that you can use it for your toothache? Hydrogen peroxide can be used to reduce pain and swelling while fighting off any bacteria that may be causing the pain. To use peroxide for your tooth pain, you should use 3% hydrogen peroxide to rinse with for 2 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with water. You can repeat this twice a day, or whenever the pain returns. This is a temporary treatment, like all DIY remedies, so you should still see your dentist if the pain persists.

9. Whiskey


Whiskey

Sometimes, a very old remedy that has been around for a long time can do the trick to stop your toothache. You can use whiskey or brandy for this remedy. The alcohol will help to relieve the pain and disinfect the area. To use, you can soak a cotton ball in the whiskey or brandy, and apply the cotton ball to your tooth. You can keep applying the remedy whenever the pain returns until you can get yourself to the dentist.

10. Nutmeg Oil


nutmeg oil

Nutmeg oil is a little-known toothache solution that many people swear by for relieving tooth-related aches and pains. To use this natural toothache treatment method, use a few drops of nutmeg oil with a cotton swab before applying it to the affected area. You can repeat this process a few times a day to relieve pain.

11. Vanilla Extract


vanilla extract

Believe it or not, something as sweet as vanilla may be able to help you with your tooth-related aches and pains. Make sure you use pure vanilla extract before you begin, but natural or organic extract is even better. Vanilla extract has both antiseptic and analgesic properties, which means that it can disinfect and relieve pain quickly. To use, apply 2 or 3 drops of the extract to a cotton ball, and apply the soaked cotton ball to the affected area for pain relief.

12. Ginger


ginger powder

Ginger root has the incredible abilities to decrease swelling, reduce inflammation, and alleviate pain. This makes it a wonderful toothache remedy. Simply grind, dice, or powder some ginger root and add it to water. Mix this into a thick paste. Take a cotton ball and cover it in the paste, then apply the cotton ball to the affected tooth. Be careful to keep the cotton away from your gums, since it can cause irritation. This remedy will immediately help with the pain as well as prevent future pain.

13. Onion


onion

Onions aren’t everyone’s favorite, but they may be a very good toothache solution for you. Onions contain mineral compounds that kill bacteria and soothe pains and aches. All you need to do is cut up some onion and apply it to the tooth for a few minutes, twice a day. You might want to rinse afterward because onions tend to cause bad breath.

14. Olive Oil


olive oil

You probably have some olive oil in your kitchen. You might use it for cooking, but you can also use it to help stop any tooth-related pain you may be having until you can get in to see your dentist for a checkup. Olive oil is anti-inflammatory because it has phenolic compounds, relieving pain and swelling. To use olive oil for your toothache, you can apply a few drops of olive oil to a cotton ball and press it to the affected area, or swish a small amount around in your mouth before rinsing well.

15. Cinnamon and Honey


cinnamon and honey

Cinnamon on its own can provide both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can help with toothaches but can be combined with honey which has antiseptic properties for a very good combination of bacteria fighting and pain soothing. To use, combine a teaspoon of cinnamon and 3-4 teaspoons of honey and mix them into a paste before applying the paste to the affected area. You can apply this a few times a day until a toothache disappears, or you go to see your dentist. This combination tastes pretty sweet too!

16. Guava Leaves


guava leaves

Guava leaves will reduce the swelling. Even though it’s a bit of process to prepare the leaves, it’s worth it because the guava will bring down the swelling and relieve the pain. Bring a small pot of water to boil, then add a pinch of salt, as well as a few guava leaves. Then, once the water has cooled, rinse your mouth with the water before chewing the boiled leaves to relieve the pain and swelling. Make sure to rinse your mouth afterward, and do this twice daily.

17. Asafetida


asafoetida

Asafetida will relieve your toothache almost instantly, which is why we recommend this remedy, especially if you’re suffering from moderate to severe pain, or the pain is caused by a cavity. If you have very bad pain, you will need to see your dentist as soon as possible. However, in the meantime, you can use asafetida to soothe your pain. Mix pinch of asafetida powder and a tablespoon of lemon juice, then soak a cotton ball in the mixture to apply to your tooth. Asafetida is both antiviral and antifungal, so it will improve your overall oral health as well.

18. Black Seed Oil


There has been a lot of recent and promising research into the positive effects of black seed oil, especially for oral health. Black seed oil is antimicrobial and reduces pain and swelling in affected areas of the mouth. You can use black seed oil by applying some to a Q-tip and massaging the affected area for 15 to 30 seconds before rinsing with warm water. It’s best to repeat this process twice daily until a toothache goes away or you see your dentist.

19. Baking Soda


baking soda

Baking soda is a wonderful multi-purpose tool for everything to cooking and cleaning, to relieving oral discomfort. It is anti-inflammatory, so it will relieve any swelling you may have, and it is also antibacterial, so it will help to fight and fend off infection. You can mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water, then rinse your mouth thoroughly, and repeat twice daily for relief.

20. Myrrh


Myrrh

Last, but certainly not least, you can rinse your mouth with a bit of myrrh. Myrrh is an astringent, which means it with kill bacteria and reduces inflammation. Boil two cups of water and one tablespoon of myrrh on low, then let the mixture cool. Rinse with the mixture 5-6 times daily for relief.

When To See The Dentist

when

If a toothache doesn’t go away within a week or so, you should book an appointment with your dentist, because they will have better insight into what’s going on. As a guide, we’d like to go over the top ten signs you should visit your dentist, outside of your regular biannual checkups.

A prolonged toothache or pain

A prolonged toothache or pain

If you have any prolonged ache or pain, it’s probably time to book an appointment with your dentist. Tooth pain could mean any number of things, from sensitivity to an abscess. A general rule of thumb is that if the pain does not go away within a week or it gets worse, you should go see your dentist.

Inflamed or irritated gums

Inflamed or irritated gums

Swollen or inflamed gums, whether they are tender or not, are usually a pretty good reason to visit your dentist. Inflamed gums may be caused by plaque or tartar, or something more serious such as gum disease. Another indicator that you may have gum related issues is if you experience bleeding when you brush, commonly referred to as “pink in the sink.”

Metallic taste in your mouth

Metallic taste in your mouth

Does it taste like you’ve been sucking on coins? If so, a metallic taste in your mouth is sometimes a sign of gingivitis. This sometimes may lead to bad breath as well. If you experience this symptom, it may be time to visit your dentist.

You have white spots on your teeth

You have white spots on your teeth

One of the first signs of dental decay is white spots appearing on your teeth. Cavities can appear with no other signs, so if you catch a white spot, you should head to your dentist. Dental decay is characterized by the infection eating away at the enamel, which is why white spots appear.

Dry mouth

Dry mouth

There are a lot of reasons behind dry mouth including being a side effect of taking prescription drugs. But in cases where there is no other explanation, it could be a sign of infection or disease, so you should see your dentist.

Sensitivity (especially new sensitivity)

Sensitivity (especially new sensitivity)

If you experience sensitivity, it can be natural and normal and nothing to be worried about, beyond changing toothpaste and being more careful about how and what you eat. However, sometimes sensitivity may indicate an underlying problem, especially when tooth sensitivity seems to appear out of nowhere.

Canker sores

Canker sores

Canker sores can be very common in some individuals, but if any mouth sore doesn’t go away within a few days, you should call your dentist. Especially in cases where the score is accompanied by a fever or consistent pain, book an appointment.

Changes in mouth color and consistency

Changes in mouth color and consistency

When you brush your teeth twice a day every day, you should check to make sure that everything stays consistent in color and that you don’t develop and unusual lumps or bumps. There are a number of explanations for these kinds of changes, but you should always visit your dentist for a professional opinion.

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Bad breath is usually a sign of infection, but not always. In any case, it’s a good idea to visit your dentist as bad breath may indicate anything from an imbalance to a tooth abscess.

You’re pregnant

You’re pregnant

When you’re pregnant, your current dental problems may worsen due to the changes in your body. Especially in cases where the mother has conditions like preeclampsia or prenatal diabetes, it’s critical that you see your dentist as soon as possible.

Everything You Should Know About Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

tooth implant

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a base for many dental fixtures including replacement teeth. They are an excellent alternative to dentures. They may serve as a long-term solution for missing teeth and chronic dental problems. They fit, feel, and look like natural teeth, so they are quickly becoming the standard for general tooth replacement procedures.

There are three main parts of a dental implant including the implant, abutment, and crown. The implant is a screw that serves as the root of the tooth. Usually, the screw attaches to your jaw. Next, the abutment is a permanent but removable piece that supports the false tooth. Finally, the crown is the prosthetic tooth, the part of the implant you can see. Implant crowns are regularly made from zirconium or porcelain, making them look like real teeth and stay durable over long-term use.

Dental Implant

Implants can be for one tooth or multiple teeth. Dental implants are also built to last around ten years but may last longer with proper care. However, at some point, they will need to be replaced and a dentist can help you with that.

Implants are mainly used to replace missing roots and support artificial replacement teeth. They are usually made of titanium metal frames or posts that are surgically implanted into the jaw beneath your gums. Replacement teeth are then mounted on top. The metal then acts as an anchor for the artificial teeth.

Implants are mainly used for when people lose their teeth in accidents, by disease, old age, and other factors that may cause tooth loss. Tooth implants are a superior to many traditional methods including the use of dentures because they last longer and have no chance of them slipping, falling out, of getting lost. Dental implants are usually attached to your jawbone.

tooth implant

I'm 1952, a Swedish doctor called Branemark found that when bone came into contact with metal, the bone grew against and around the surface, making the titanium removable without having to cut into the bone whatsoever. So, dental implants were actually an accidental discovery.

There's also an alternative substance that can be used for detail implants. The substance is zirconium. Zirconium is one row below titanium on the periodic table and acts as a metal-free alternative to using titanium in implants.

When you lose a tooth or teeth, it not only affects the way you look but the way you chew as well. This can impact self-esteem, but also the rest of your teeth. When you have a gap, other teeth may shift in the mouth over time causing damage in the mouth due to pressure. These kinds of effects may lead to tooth loss, which makes everyday tasks including eating and drinking more difficult and uncomfortable.

Benefits

Benefits dental implants

1. Long-Lasting

Dentures, when cared for correctly, need to be replaced every five to eight years. But dental implants normally have a lifespan of on average ten years, but can last up to fifteen. That's almost double the lifespan when choosing dental implants over dentures.

2. Cost-Effective Investment

With dental implants, there isn’t much need for replacements, adjustments, or repairs after the prosthetic tooth has been secured in the jaw and mouth, unlike dentures that require more consistent care, check-ups, and repairs that can cost a considerable amount of additional money. Not to mention all the products you save on by choosing dental implants over dentures. Dentures may also require some additional products to be both cleaned and secured. With implants, you can skip buying any of those products and save on both time and money by investing in implants.

3. Highly Durable

Unlike some other dental alternatives, dental implants are permanent fixtures secured inside the mouth. Permanent also means that there is no need to remove and reinsert the teeth. Also, dental implants are known for being highly durable. You can eat foods without worrying about cracking or damaging your implants. They give you the freedom to live your life normally.

4. Natural

Dental implants have a very natural feel to them. They are comparable in weight, feel, and appearance of a natural tooth.

5. Comfortable Fit

You won't be able to notice your dental implants after an adjustment period. They are light and natural, which improves comfort for users.

6. Aesthetically Pleasing

Dental implants can be customized to fit anyone's mouth and match the rest of their teeth. They are very attractive and even family and friends won't be able to tell the difference between your real teeth and your implant.

7. Requires Less Maintenance

Skipping on all the products and checkups is great, and completely normal for dental implant users.

8. Function Like Regular Teeth

Dental implants and regular teeth work in indistinguishable ways. They function, look, and feel exactly the same.

9. Doesn't Require Adjustments

Implants can be customized to suit your mouth and surrounding teeth exactly. There is no need for any additional adjustments. So, there's no need to create more or less space with dental procedures, you can just have the implants customized just for you and your mouth.

As we know, dental implants or foundations are made from titanium metals. Titanium does not cause infection when inserted into the bone, which makes it an excellent choice for grounding replacement teeth for dental implants.

dental implant

How implants are done in four steps

1. Your dentist or orthodontist will first examine your mouth. He’ll also take x-rays of your teeth, jaw, and head to find out if dental implants are right for you, and to get an idea of where the problem areas are. As long as your gums are very healthy, and you have enough jawbone to drill into in order to set the foundations for your implants. In rare cases, the jawbone will be too shallow and the dental implant process will be modified.

2. Once you’ve been cleared for your procedure, during the first part of the surgery, your dentist or orthodontist will put a dental implant foundation into your jawbone beneath your gums. You gum tissue is then stitched back into place. As the surrounding tissues heal, the implant will integrate with the bone and attach to the gum. It can take a few months to heal and ensure proper integration. It's vital that your body accepts the implant because it could cause infection otherwise.

3. The second part of your surgery won’t occur till a few month later after tissues have healed. At that time, your dentist or orthodontist will attach an abutment to the implant. An abutment is a post that connects the replacement tooth to the implant Sometimes the first and second stage of implant surgery may be both done at once.

A replacement tooth is made and your dentist or orthodontist will attach it to the abutment. It may take multiple appointments to fit the replacement tooth to the abutment.

4. When replacing several teeth or all of your teeth, a fixed bridge is anchored down to your dental implants and jaw. A bridge is a dental procedure that replaces one or more missing teeth by replacing an area that has no teeth. The bridge is held in place by dental implants on either side of the missing tooth or teeth.

before after dental implants

Side effects from dental implants

Side effects are very rare, but they do occur occasionally. There are small groups of individuals that may be at a higher risk for complications involving dental implants. If you are at a higher risk, you should consult further with your dentist and general or primary health care provider.

All side effects from dental implants are very rare. If you care for your dental implants well and work with a dentist you trust, you won’t run into any side effects.

Allergy To Titanium


There are titanium-free options for those with allergies. The reason why a titanium implant could be problematic is because if you are allergic, your body won’t accept the implant. Instead, it may reject it and cause inflammation, infection, and other side effects.

Infection And Inflammation


Viruses and bacteria may cause swelling and heat around the site of operation.

Rejection


Sometimes the body may reject the implant, and the cause is often unknown. This may lead to infection and other problems later. Usually, the implant needs to be replaced or the material needs to be adjusted. For example, a titanium implant may be switched out for a zirconia implant instead to a reduce chance of infection. Your immune system is simply trying to protect you when rejection occurs.

Nerve Damage


Rarely, nerve damage may occur. This often caused by trapped nerves, which may occur during surgery. This may make facial and mouth-related movements more challenging may become permanent. To avoid this, only use a dentist who is experienced and has a good standing when it comes to giving implants.

Dental Implants are an excellent alternative to other traditional tooth replacement alternatives.

Reasons To Choose Dental Implants

Why choose dental implant

The Most Natural Option


Instead of dentures and other alternatives, dental implants are the most natural in look and feel. They integrate well with your remaining teeth, so no one will be able to tell that it’s not your real tooth. They don’t shift, slip, or anything at all. They are locked in place for easier smiles.

Longest-Lasting Option


The dental fixture is permanent, however, some components will need to be replaced over time. That being said, most implants only need to be replaced once every decade with minimal maintenance in between. It’s cost-effective and the longest lasting option with the least maintenance.

Prevent Bone Loss


Once you’ve lost a tooth, bone loss often occurs as well. But by choosing a dental implant instead of another procedure, you can help to prevent any bone loss which will encourage better overall oral health.

Simple And Easy Care


With dentures, you’ll need to use special products and cleaning habits in order to care for them. However, with implants, you can care for your teeth as you normally would. Brushing twice a day and flossing is all you need to do for maintenance, while also attending regular dental checkups.

Dental implants are an excellent choice both aesthetically, practically, and economically. They can last for over a decade when cared for correctly as well. Today, you can consider dental implants over dentures and other dental alternatives for tooth replacement to help you feel back to normal and improve your overall health.

Dental implants are not recommended for children who have not achieved their full adult set of teeth. However, if you’re healthy and well-suited for the procedure, dental implants can help to boost your self-confidence and allow you to feel like you have naturally healthy teeth.

You can ask your dentist if dental implants are right for you. You should make sure that you aren't at any higher risk of infection or rejection, and you should also let your dentist know if you have any allergies including and in addition to titanium.

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14 Common Dental Diseases And How To Prevent Them

There are many common dental problems that individuals everywhere face. They can be genetic or influences by our habits, such as not brushing twice a day or practicing healthy habits such as eating well, getting enough sleep, etc.

Here are 14 common dental problems and solutions :

1. Bad Breath


Bad Breath

Also called halitosis, bad breath affects billions around the world. According to dental studies, up to 85% of bad breath sufferers have some kind of dental condition causing it. These include gum disease, oral cancer, cavities, dry mouth, and bacteria on the tongue. The most common cause is bacteria on the tongue. Bacteria get embedded in the tongue and they live there in layers. These bacteria eat the food left in your mouth, releasing a foul-smelling odor.

This can be fixed by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash regularly. Beyond this, adopt the habit of brushing your tongue. If the bad breath does not improve, consider making an appointment with your dentist. A visit with a dentist could determine whether you suffer from a totally different dental issue like gum disease, oral cancer, cavities, or dry mouth.

2. Oral Cancer


Oral Cancer

It’s estimated that every hour of every day, someone in the United States dies of oral cancer. Over three-hundred-thousand new cases are reported around the world each year. This serious dental disease is found primarily found around the mouth, lips, and throat. Thankfully, oral cancer is extremely curable when caught and diagnosed in its early stages. Oral cancer usually starts as a small red or white spot on the soft tissue inside of your mouth. Other symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • A hard or thick spot or lump
  • Sores that don't heal or bleed easily
  • Pain, tender spots, or a numb feeling
  • A rough or crusty area
  • Feeling that your teeth fit together wrong when you bite down

To best prevent oral cancer, schedule regular checkups with your dentist. Dentists and dental assistants are trained to spot oral cancer in its early stages.

3. Tooth Erosion


Tooth Erosion

Tooth erosion occurs when the outside of the tooth is attacked by acids, causing the enamel to become weak and potentially break away. Many things can contribute to the erosion of your teeth, one of the more common reasons being allowing too many acidic drinks to make contact with the teeth. Erosion occurs particularly in people with bulimia, where the stomach acid causes the erosion of enamel. This can result in a multitude of problems, ranging anywhere from minor things, such as ultrasensitivity of the teeth, to more severe, such as cracking and dissolving of the tooth enamel all-together.

To keep your teeth from eroding, here a few tips and suggestions you can take into consideration the next time your teeth encounter an acidic substance :

  • Rinse your mouth out with water
  • Wait an hour before brushing your teeth to allow them to remineralize
  • Use a soft toothbrush what
  • Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride
  • Chew sugar-free gum to increase saliva flow and encourage your teeth to remineralize

And above all, the most you can do to prevent erosion is to keep your teeth from coming into contact with acid to begin with. You can do this by using a straw when drinking carbonated beverages and other sweet drinks, not allowing the drinks to sit or be swished around in your mouth, or just by cutting back on carbonated beverages altogether and replacing them with water, milk, or tea.

4. Mouth Sores


Mouth sores come in many different forms, from canker sores to ulcers to herpes. Most will last no more than two weeks, so letting them run their course and disappear on their own is the best you could do. However, if you have a sore that lingers longer than it should, you may want to consider treatment. One such treatment is by laser, which takes about 15 minutes to conduct, while another treatment would be taking L-Lysine daily.

Mouth Sores

5. Unattractive Smile


Unattractive Smile

While not medically considered a “dental problem,” having an unattractive smile can still be a real problem for those unhappy with their smile and wishing to make changes to it. It’s the main reason many patients today seek dental treatment, in hopes of repairing their teeth and their grin.

With today’s technologies, anyone can solve their unattractive smile problem and give themselves a gorgeous smile and higher self-esteem. Many treatments are offered that can positively affect your smile in simple and major ways, including:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental implants
  • Teeth shaping
  • Tooth bonding
  • Orthodontics

All of these can be taken advantage of to ensure you’re beaming beautifully.

6. Tooth Decay


Tooth Decay

Unlike tooth erosion, tooth decay occurs from the inside out. More commonly referred to as cavities, the decaying of the teeth is the second most prevalent disease in the United States and occurs when plaque combines with the sugars and starches from food. This produces an enamel fighting acid that will live in the spaces hard to reach in the teeth.


Your best solution for preventing tooth decay? Keep up good oral hygiene, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and going for dental checkups regularly. Cutting down on food with high sugars can also help to prevent decay. However, neglecting your teeth can result in you needing to consider a crown, filing, or perhaps even a root canal.

7. Tooth Sensitivity


Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity is a very common problem because it has so many possible causes. Often it means that your gums have receded and the roots to the teeth are exposed. Since roots are very porous, the resulting air or liquids that pass through can stimulate nerves at the center of the tooth and cause that sensitivity.


Tooth sensitivity can be treated if the cause is minor. However, if the pain is too much to bear or you find that it lasts for a long period of time, you’ll want to consider a dental checkup. After that, the next course of action could be anything from applying fluoride to fixing a cracked tooth.

8. Gum Disease


Gum Disease

Gum disease may not sound scary, but besides being the leading cause of tooth loss among adults, it has also been found to be linked to heart attacks and strokes. Appearing in two stages, either gingivitis or periodontitis, gum disease is an infection of the gums that surround the teeth brought on by either poor oral hygiene, smoking, or unfortunate genetic susceptibility. The result can be deteriorating gums that can lead to detachment from the teeth, resulting in pockets that fill with bacteria that leads to new complications. Gum disease is also one of the most common of the dental diseases.


The best you can do to prevent gum disease would be to continue good oral hygiene practices and staying away from smoking. Other preventive measures one can includes deep cleaning, which would include scraping the tartar from below the gums, prescription antibiotics, mouthwashes, and possible surgery.

9. Toothaches


Toothache

Perhaps the most well-known of all symptoms for oral health problems would be the toothache. Like an alarm ringing in your mouth, it alerts you to your teeth and can be caused by any of the problems mentioned on the list.


For the most part, just as many of the problems, maintaining the health and hygiene of your mouth can help to prevent toothaches, and alongside regular dental checkup, you should be able to avoid having to deal with the toothache at all.

10. Tooth Grinding


Teeth Grinding

Tooth grinding is one of the most disastrous oral habits out there. Also known as bruxism, tooth grinding is most common in adults and terribly destructive to teeth. Over time, tooth grinding causes teeth to be short and blunt, with the grinder often getting jaw problems as a result. The most common causes of bruxism are misaligned teeth and stress.

Orthodontic dentistry can correct alignment, but is expensive and can take years depending on severity. One option is to use a custom-fit grind guard, to protect your teeth. These are mostly used at night. Finally, physical therapy and daily relaxation techniques can be used to lower stress and cut down on teeth grinding.


11. Cavities


Cavity

Cavities are little pockets of tooth decay caused by bacteria on your teeth feeding on the starch and sugar left over from your meals. Cavities can cause bad breath, tooth loss, gingivitis, and plenty of other things. They work in three stages: pre-cavity, early decay, and deep decay. The pre-cavity stage is basically just a divot the bacteria carve into your enamel, making it harder to brush them away.

In the early decay stage, the bacteria have dug that divot deeper, breaking through the outer layer of your teeth and into the sensitive middle. The deep decay stage is when your tooth starts dying, as the bacteria have made their way to the center of your tooth, where it is most sensitive. All cavities can be avoided by brushing, flossing, and making regular appointments with the dentist.


12. Wisdom Teeth


Wisdom Teeth

Some people need their wisdom teeth removed as teens. Some people don’t need them removed, as they have the space in their jaw to accommodate the extra teeth. Some people don’t even have wisdom teeth to begin with. Wisdom teeth are these extra teeth that grow in during the mid-to-late teens. If your jaw can’t support them, they only grow in halfway, leading to infection. If experiencing terrible pain or infection at the back corners of your mouth, see a dentist immediately, especially if you still have your wisdom teeth. The sooner they’re removed, the easier recovery will be.


13. Dry Mouth​


Dry Mouth

You don’t want a dry mouth. Not only is it uncomfortable and annoying, but it’s also one of the contributing factors to bad breath and tooth decay. A simple drink of water should cure most dry mouths. If that doesn’t work, keep a water bottle with you, and take a sip whenever you feel your mouth drying up.

Dry

If this does not work, your dry mouth could be the result of a medication’s side effect or some underlying condition. Check your medications for a dry mouth side effect, and meet with your doctor about it. Additionally, it would be a good idea to check in with your dentist, and make sure that your teeth didn’t decay too much from your dry mouth. People using certain oral inhalers also tend to develop dry mouths. If this is the case, be sure to rinse your mouth after each use of the inhaler.


14. Missing Teeth


Missing Tooth

Let’s face it, no one likes missing teeth. Not the people missing them for sure. Unfortunately, the average adult has two or more decayed or missing teeth. For some, this is unpreventable without costly procedures like gum transplants. Additionally, there may be hereditary tooth weakness that makes them fall out more easily. For most, however, a decayed or missing tooth is perfectly preventable. It’s as simple as brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash two to three times a day. You should also schedule regular checkups with your dentist.

Besides the way they look, missing teeth can mess up your mouth in all sorts of ways, They can affect the way you chew, cause other teeth to shift around, some people even suffer partial bone loss due to a missing tooth. This doesn’t have to be the case thanks to today’s advances. Some popular options include :

  • Dentures - Usually used if you’ve lost all or most of your teeth
  • Bridges - These are false teeth, usually in small groups or singles, which are anchored to adjacent teeth similar to an orthodontic retainer
  • Implants - Single tooth replicas modelled after the original tooth which is designed to fit right into the old spot

The best thing you can do to prevent most dental problems and diseases is to brush your teeth and floss twice a day, along with attending your regular dental checkups. Make sure to practice healthy habits for better oral health and a brighter smile. With the right care, you can fight most dental diseases.


10 Best Toothpaste Products That Can Whiten Your Teeth Fast

Of the many cosmetic facets of your body, your teeth perhaps need the greatest amount of care in order to be healthy and beautiful. And nothing makes a smile more flattering than having clean, white teeth! If you have an important date or event approaching and need to get your teeth from looking dingy and yellowed to sparkling and white, you need the right toothpaste to help you out.

Picking the right toothpaste can be challenging. With all the different brands and flavors available, it almost seems impossible to find the right one for you! And if you’re looking for a toothpaste that does the quickest amount of work in the shortest amount of time, you may very well be stumped on what to do. Luckily, we have compiled a list of some of the fastest, most effective teeth-whitening toothpaste on the market, ensuring that you don’t have to look far to achieve those desired pearly whites!

First, we’d like to go over our top three picks-

Colgate Total Whitening Toothpaste

Our top pick on the list is the Colgate Total Whitening Toothpaste because it works to fight bacteria and bad breath while providing whitening properties for users. This toothpaste works to fight bacteria that causes plaque for up to 12 hours while removing surface stains without being harsh on gums and enamel. It is a trusted brand, affordable, and works to keep teeth fresh and clean.

Crest Arctic Multi Care Whitening

In second, we chose the Crest 3D White Luxe Toothpaste because it removes up to 90% of surface stains, contains fluoride to fight plaque and cavities, and freshens breath with a vibrant and fresh mint flavor. This toothpaste works well on its own but works best when used in combination with Crest 3D White Luxe Mouthwash.

Sensodyne Pronamel

Finally, for our third pick, we chose Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening Toothpaste because it is particularly good for sensitive users. It whitens gently while helping to protect teeth with added fluoride, strengthening the enamel and fighting plaque. The formula of the toothpaste is also made to help prevent erosion from acids and sugars, further protecting and strengthening your teeth.

What Makes A Good Whitening Toothpaste?

What you should look for when buying a whitening toothpaste-

Fluoride or Non?

It can be difficult to determine whether or not you should choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride or not. We know that fluoride can improve your enamel and fight bacteria, but sometimes too much fluoride or certain kinds may not be beneficial. It’s a personal choice whether or not you should choose a fluoride toothpaste or not. You should weigh the pros and cons before coming to a decision, keeping in mind what you need from your toothpaste.

Choose A Trusted Brand

Make sure to do your research before you purchase a toothpaste. It’s good to be familiar with the brand before you buy, so you know the company’s reputation. On our list, we’ve only chosen brands that we believe are best for whitening teeth. You can always purchase more than one toothpaste, sometimes available in test and travel sizes, in order to test and decide which toothpaste works best for you.

Check For The Seal

Has your toothpaste been approved by a dental association? Check for a seal, such as ADA (American Dental Association) to ensure that you’re using a toothpaste that has been tested and approved by dentists for good oral hygiene. When approved, you can rest easy knowing that your toothpaste is safe for used and effective for oral hygiene.

1. Colgate Total Whitening Toothpaste


Colgate Total Whitening Toothpaste

This toothpaste, as mentioned above, is our top pick for teeth whitening toothpaste. Throughout all the toothpaste products in the Colgate brand, this is the one most focussed on helping you get rid of that yellow tint while also cleaning the entirety of your mouth. With effectiveness that lasts twelve house, Colgate Total Whitening Toothpaste gently removes surface stains with each use and helps to prevent future staining.

This toothpaste is also approved through the New Drug Application Process to help prevent gingivitis, proving it is as powerful a cleaner of all of the mouth’s hard-to-reach areas as it is a teeth whitener.

PROS

  • Strong cleaning fluoride solution
  • Easy to Use
  • Easily available
  • Quick, effective teeth whitening

CONS

  • Strong solution may be harsh on gums
  • Pricey

2. Crest 3D White Luxe Toothpaste


Crest Arctic Multi Care Whitening

Need whiter teeth fast? Crest 3D White Luxe Toothpaste gives you visibly whiter teeth after only two days of use when paired with any Crest 3D White mouthwash. With the same enamel-safe teeth whitening agent used by dentists, this product is a fast and effective teeth cleaning solution that removes 90% percent of surface stains within the first five days. And with it’s unique Whitelock technology, Crest 3D White Luxe Toothpaste also prevents new stains from forming, even within the microfine lines of your teeth.

PROS

  • Fast teeth-whitening
  • Whitelock technology
  • Gentle foaming action
  • Fluoride toothpaste prevents cavities

CONS

  • Best only when paired with other Crest products
  • Rough on sensitive teeth

3. Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening Toothpaste


Pronamel sensodyne

While not the fastest whitening toothpaste available, Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening Toothpaste is certainly one of the most efficient in cleaning the teeth and preventing future discoloration. With it’s gentle whitening effects, this product is likely the best for those with sensitive teeth and gums. It helps to protect against the effects of acid erosion, and re-hardens acid-softened enamel. In the modern area of what dentists refers to as ‘acid wear’, this product is specifically designed to protect against it while removing stains.

PROS

  • Gentle, good for sensitive teeth
  • Re-hardens enamel
  • Protects against acid wear
  • Contains fluoride for cavity protection

CONS

  • Slow, gentle working whitening solution

4. BlackMagic Activated Charcoal Toothpaste


Blackmagic toothpaste

Charcoal is a natural whitening product, acting as an abrasive agent that scrubs away the plaque while also whitening the teeth and protecting them from bacteria. Which is why BlackMagic Activated Charcoal Toothpaste is a good choice for naturally healthy and white teeth. This toothpaste is gentle enough for everyday use, and it is fluoride-free, but makes up for it with the added benefits of activated charcoal and natural additives. This toothpaste is also made with coconut oil, aiding in its antimicrobial and whitening properties. With natural ingredients and an affordable price, it’s hard to go wrong with this charcoal toothpaste options.

PROS

  • Natural- Natural ingredients and additives
  • Cruelty-free
  • Works quickly and well
  • Anti-bacterial

CONS

  • Liquid consistency- Should be put in the refrigerator to thicken for use

5. Primal Life Organics Dirty Mouth Toothpowder


Primal Life Tooth Cleaners

If you like to opt for organics, you should try Primal Life Organics Dirty Mouth Toothpowder. It’s all-natural, organic, and kid-friendly. The powder can be used by dipping your brush in water, then the powder to collect the product for use. The tooth powder is made with extra fine bentonite clay and charcoal as it’s main ingredients, providing many helpful properties for fighting bacteria, removing plaque, and whitening your teeth. This toothpaste is also fortified with essential oils and mint, to bring you a healthier and fresher mouth while protecting and soothing your gums and teeth.

PROS

  • Organic, all-natural ingredients
  • Whitens naturally
  • Fun to use- great for kids

CONS

  • Messy
  • Earthy taste- takes getting used to

6. Colgate Optic Platinum Toothpaste Express White


Colgate optic platinum

Peroxide products are known for having excellent whitening properties. Colgate Optic Platinum Toothpaste Express White can be used daily, as directed for 4 weeks to achieve whiter teeth. The product formula had fluoride as well, a fortifying ingredient that strengthens enamel and protects against bacteria. It has a great mint taste and brightens your smile gradually over a four week period. You can maintain with continued regular use. This toothpaste is best used by adults but may be used by children 2 and over when supervised by an adult.

PROS

  • Brightens
  • Safe for daily use
  • Contains fluoride- protects enamel and fights bacteria

CONS

  • Expensive for the amount and results

7. Marvis Whitening Mint Toothpaste


Marvis Toothpaste

Marvis toothpaste provides freshening and whitening with a gentle xylitol and sorbitan, it provides plaque fighting and whitening, while still being gentle on teeth and gums. With an old-fashioned formula and a fresh taste, it’s a great option for individuals looking for a through clean and fresher breath, along with whiter teeth. Marvis is an Italian luxury line of toothpaste, with high-quality ingredients and effectiveness in mind.

PROS

  • High-quality ingredients
  • Great freshening
  • Fights plaque and tartar

CONS

  • Average whitening
  • Very expensive

8. Tom's of Maine Antiplaque and Whitening Fluoride-Free Toothpaste


Toms toothpaste

Tom’s of Maine is a longstanding name in natural, environmentally friendly toothpaste, and the Antiplaque and Whitening Fluoride-Free formula is no exception. This formula manages to effectively clean, strengthen, and whiten teeth, all without the use of the harsher chemicals found in other toothpaste. On top of that, this toothpaste has a clean, fresh, mild flavor for pleasant brushing.

PROS

  • Natural ingredients
  • Great flavor
  • Effective whitening

CONS

  • Small tubes for price

9. Crest Pro-Health Advanced Extra Deep Clean Toothpaste


Crest Pro Health Advance

Perhaps the best toothpaste on this list as far as cleaning teeth, Crest Pro-Health Advanced Extra Deep Clean Toothpaste leaves your mouth feeling clean as if you had just been to the dentist. It also has a more subtle flavor than most other toothpaste, which could make it better or worse depending on preference. Unfortunately, the toothpaste also has a runny consistency, and the snap-on hinged cap doesn’t always create a perfect seal. This means that occasionally toothpaste may drip out of the cap and onto your counter. A great toothpaste as far as performance goes.

PROS

  • Protects against gingivitis
  • Protects against acid erosion
  • Breaks down plaque

CONS

  • Bad seal on cap
  • Toothpaste is runny

10. Colgate Maxwhite Crystal Mint Liquid Toothpaste


Colgate Max Strips White

The best part about brushing with Colgate Maxwhite Crystal Mint Liquid Toothpaste is the mini bright strips in the toothpaste itself! Every time you brush with Maxwhite, the special formula in the mini bright strips helps to keep teeth white for an extended time. However, to see the best results, you need to consistently use this toothpaste, since the mini bright strips are most effective over extended use. The toothpaste is reliable, affordable, and works well to protect your teeth from bacteria.

PROS

  • Less mess dispensing
  • Freshens bad breath
  • Fights cavities

CONS

  • Mini-bright strips are a strange texture for brushing
  • Some whitening, but not as quick or intense as similar brands

Our team was carefully tested these toothpastes and it took us almost a week to finish the tests. We then make our own judgement on each product we use based on experience and present all of them as a brief review to you here.

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Cosmetic Dentistry: Why You Need It And Things You Need To Know About It

Cosmetic dentistry is important for good self-esteem and self-image.

Cosmetic dentistry encompasses many procedures including everything from simple whitening treatments to gum reshaping and contouring. Some procedures are more costly and involved that others, depending on the situation, person, and desired outcome.

One of the most popular treatment is whitening. Tooth whitening is simple, cost-friendly, and provides dramatic results. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry treatments that are available to you, you can contact your dental office for more information.

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is any procedure that improves the overall appearance or aesthetic of a person’s teeth and gums.

It is often separate from restorative and other types of dentistry because it is mainly for aesthetics over function.

Many dentists refer to themselves as cosmetic dentists, even if they do not for specialized cosmetic dentistry training or certifications. It’s important to find a dentist that specializes in cosmetic dentistry if you need cosmetic work done.

Cosmetic dentistry is intended to improve your smile and it’s appearance. This may include whitening, removing stains, fixing gaps, restoring minor chips, etc. Some cosmetic treatments may be very costly, which is why you should always discuss treatments, duration of treatments, and prices with your dentist.

The Difference Between Cosmetic And Restorative Dentistry

Although sometimes cosmetic and restorative dentistry may overlap in the case of crowns and implants. Replacing and restoring an individual’s smile with crowns and implants will not only improve their smile, but also restore they way they are able to eat foods properly without discomfort or pain. However, most other dental procedures that are cosmetic are meant solely for cosmetic purposes.

Esthestics Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry goes beyond function and into the territory of improving the look of one’s smile. This usually involves sealing minor gaps, reshaping teeth and gums, removing stains, and more.

Restorative dentistry is more geared towards improving function, first and foremost. This mainly entails sealing larger gaps that impede function and restoring teeth also to improve function.

Benefits Of Cosmetic Dentistry

Correct Aesthetic Flaws 


No matter what your aesthetic flaw is, cosmetic dentistry can help. Whether you have a chipped or cracked tooth, uneven or misshapen teeth, stains, disproportionate teeth, ragged gum lines, or anything else, cosmetic dentistry can help to change and redesign your smile to best suit you.

Look Younger


Discoloration and erosion are common side effects of aging on teeth. Which is why cosmetic dentistry can help you to feel and look younger. Even simple whitening treatments can greatly improve the overall look and feel of your smile.

Prevent Future Dental Damages


By opting for some forms of cosmetic reconstruction, you may be supporting your oral health and preventing further damages. This is because by covering and reinforcing teeth, you can prevent further compromisation

Boost Your Confidence


One of the best benefits of cosmetic dentistry is that you can take more pride in your smile.

Reasons You May Need Cosmetic Dentistry

You Don’t Like Your Smile

Joker Smile

If you’re unhappy with your smile, you might want to consider cosmetic dentistry. Whether you’re unhappy with the color, shape, or spacing of your teeth, cosmetic dentistry can help. Cosmetic dentistry procedures using lasers may also be able to help adjust your gumline as well, if that’s what you think will help you achieve your ideal smile.

Reasons You May Not Like Your Smile

  • Crooked Teeth
  • Gaps
  • Yellow Staining
  • Missing Teeth
  • Misshapen Teeth
  • Undesirable Gumline

Your Teeth Are Stained

Stained Teeth

If you’re a heavy smoker, coffee, or wine drinker, you may have a lot of surfacing stains that affect the pigment and appearance of your teeth. While things like over the counter whitening strips and treatments may work, a dentist can whiten your teeth for more dramatic, long-term results. In fact, whitening treatments done at the dentist can whiten up to 8 shades!

You’re Self Conscious

SmileySelfConfidence

If you’re in a profession in which you’re frequently in the spotlight, you may want to have a bright smile to greet people. First impressions do often depend on physical appearance, including a good smile. Even simple procedures such as whitening can help you to feel more comfortable and confident in your position.

Your Teeth Are Worn Down

Grinding teeth cause pain

Do you grind your teeth at night? If so, you may want to consider cosmetic dentistry. There are procedures that can help rebuild and reinforce your teeth not only for aesthetics, but also to support your teeth and prevent further damages. If you do grind your teeth, you may also want to talk to your dentist about a mouthguard or nightguard as well to prevent grinding.

You Have Missing Teeth/Large Gaps

Missing teeth

No matter how you lost your tooth, whether it was an accident or otherwise, you’ll want to consider cosmetic dentistry. Tooth reconstruction and replacement may not only benefit your smile, but also reduce strain on your other teeth when doing activities such as eating. So, have missing teeth replaced is not only good for looks, but also better for the rest of your teeth too.

Types Of Cosmetic Dentistry

1. The addition of a dental material to teeth or gums – Bonding, porcelain veneers (laminates), crowns (caps), gum grafts etc.

2. The removal of tooth structure or gums – Gingivectomy, enameloplasty etc.

3. Neither adding nor removing dental materials, tooth structure, or gums – Teeth whitening (bleaching), laser whitening, gum depigmentation

4. Straightening of teeth accompanied by improvement in appearance of face – Orthodontics

Bleaching And Whitening

Teeth bleaching

Teeth whitening and bleaching is a very common process and treatment for stained and discolored teeth. Sometimes, bleaching may be simply used for whitening and not stain removal.

Discoloration and staining may occur due to aging, coffee, sugar, alcohol, smoking, and some other factors.

While there are products that allow you to bleach your teeth at home, bleaching and whitening is best done by your dentist with professional solutions. Many patients enjoy bleaching at home because it is more convenient, but it may not be as effective. Your dentist will design trays and a formula that suits you, so you can get the best whitening for your teeth. Whitening treatments each take around an hour, and whitening usually takes two to six sessions, depending on the desired shade.

Reasons To Whiten Your Teeth

  • You have stains
  • You want a whiter smile
  • You have an important event coming up
  • You want to boost your self-confidence
  • You want to fight the effects of aging on your teeth

Crowns

Dental Crowns

Crowns are the portion that is visible on a dental implant. They are also known as dental caps.

They have a long life expectancy before they need to be replaced. Also, they can also be part of other applications, besides dental implants, but rarely. Crowns are made by taking an impression of your existing teeth to create a match. Before this impression is created, your dentist will reduce the size of your tooth so the crown will fit. In the absence of a tooth, they will measure the empty space to fit the crown to the space. While a permanent crown is made, you will be fitted with a temporary crown to fill in your smile.

There are four different types of dental crowns including:

  • Ceramic- Porcelain ceramic teeth are popular for looking and feeling like natural teeth. They blend well and are very durable.
  • Gold Alloy- Gold, copper,and other metals may be blended together to create a crown. The alloy is strong and will not wear the tooth.
  • Porcelain-fused Metal- This kind of crown is stronger than porcelain-fused metal and can be even more durable.
  • Base Metal Alloy- This kind of crown or filling requires the least amount of healthy tooth and is composed of non-noble metals.

Bonding

tooth bonding

Bonding involves using tooth-colored material to fill in gaps and change the color of teeth. This only requires a single dental visit and can last for several years. However, bonding is more easily stained and chipped compared to other restorations including crowns, veneers, etc. When teeth are slightly decayed or chipped, bonding may be the best way to go for treatment. Bonding is often used for filling small cavities. It can also be used for changing the shape and color of teeth for cosmetic purposes.

Veneers

Tooth Veneers

Veneers are frequently used to solve the same issues as bonding. Veneers are very thin strips of plastic or porcelain placed over the front teeth to change the shape or color of your teeth. Little to no anesthesia is used when applying veneers. Veneers are frequently used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked.

The procedure begins with your dentist to take an impression of your tooth or teeth. This treatment is an alternative to crowns, which are more expensive. Before the custom-made veneer is cemented directly onto the tooth, your dentist will lightly buff the tooth to compensate for the added thickness of the veneer. The veneer is then hardened using a light beam, such as a laser. Porcelain veneers take longer and require more appointments that porcelain veneers. Veneers are a long lasting option when compared to bonding.

Contouring And Reshaping

Reshaping and Countouring

Tooth reshaping and contouring is common for addressing misshapen teeth, crooked teeth, and other issues with only one dental session. Tooth reshaping and contouring can be used for altering the length, position, and shape of your teeth. Bonding is commonly combined with contouring and reshaping for best results.

These kind of procedures are intended for subtle changes to one’s teeth. It is also only recommended for those with healthy teeth, and enough bone to support the procedure. Your dentist will take x-rays and other tests to determine if you’ll eligible for the treatment.

Gum Contouring

Gum Countouring

This is a cosmetic procedure for gums that either too high or too low. Uneven gums may also be treated through gum contouring. Uneven, receded, or an unusually low gumline is usually caused by either genetics or prescription medications. However, gum changes or abnormal gums can sometimes also be a sign of an underlying health problem. If you and your gums are healthy, you may have your gums contoured by a cosmetic dentist to improve your smile.

Invisalign

Placing invisalign

Invisalign is intended for minor alignment adjustments, mainly for cosmetics. They are less invasive and cost less than braces. The benefits including being able to remove the invisible trays that you wear to alter your teeth, they cost less, and they can help your self-confidence during the process as well as when you reach the end result.

More Comfortable

Smooth tooth trays

Smooth trays and personalized trays can be much more comfortable than traditional braces. They are also flexible and removable, which means that you can easily participate in your regular activities with ease and comfort.

No Food Restrictions

Unique tooth braces

With braces, you have to adjust your diet to exclude chewy, sticky, and hard foods to avoid getting food stuck in your braces or damaging them. There is a long list of foods you have to avoid when wearing braces, but you can eat whatever you want with the alternative trays. The trays are easy to clean and removable, so you can enjoy whatever you like.

Removable

Removing invaligns

One of the biggest benefits of choosing Invisalign is that they’re removable. You can remove the trays whenever you need to for as long as you need to. However, you should make sure to minimize time with them off so that you can achieve results as scheduled.

Easier to Clean

tooth cleaning process

Cleaning your teeth when you have braces tends to be more difficult. Working around the brackets and wires with floss and a brush is hard work. The trays are removable, which is why cleaning your teeth is easier, and you can best prevent cavities and promote a healthier smile.

You should consider cosmetic dentistry if you’re not satisfied with your smile, and you want to make a change. You can ask your dentist for more information and learn more about which dental procedures are available for you to help you achieve your ideal smile.

20 Ways to Overcome Bad Breath

Bad breath can be embarrassing, but it’s common and often easy to treat. The only way to treat bad breath is to reduce, remove, or kill the halitosis bacteria. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to treat bad breath. If you have chronic bad breath, you should see your dentist or doctor for a diagnosis.

What Causes Bad Breath?

Bad breath is caused by bacteria, scientifically known as halitosis. There are many factors that increase the number of bacteria in your mouth, including poor oral hygiene, poor eating habits, and more. Below are a few different ways to help fight bad breath and care for your oral hygiene.

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1. Brush Your Teeth


Family tooth brushing

One of the solutions to bad breath may be the most obvious of them all. The simple dental hygiene technique of brushing one’s teeth with a decent toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste should solve most causes of bad breath. As long as one is thorough with their brush to ensure that not only the teeth are sparkling white, but also that their tongue and the roof of their mouth is cleaned as well. Brushing twice a day for at least two to three minutes each time should keep your mouth healthy and your breath nice and fresh.

2. Floss


the way to floss your teeth

By now, we’re probably sounding a lot like your dentist. And you probably roll your eyes and nod your head when they suggest you floss more too, but it turns out flossing can really help the process of eliminating bad breath. Just as rotten food can make your refrigerator smell bad, so can the bits of it that get stuck between your teeth, which consequently contaminates your gums and can lead to halitosis. Flossing twice a day is a great way to get rid of all that extra gunk, which, alongside other methods found on this list, will ensure not only better breath but a brighter smile!

3. Use Mouthwash


Use mouthwash immediately

Mouthwash may seem like the quick solution for good dental hygiene, but it’s no substitute for brushing and flossing. However, it can be extremely effective in helping to reduce bad breath when paired with brushing, as Listerine mouthwash solutions fight bacteria that cause bad breath and often leave a mint scent in its place. Additionally, mouthwash can help to protect your teeth and tongue from acids produced by plaque that also contribute to bad breath.

4. Eat Healthy


Eat foods everything

What you eat can contribute to the aroma of your breath. Eating a lot of sugary or acidic foods can result in the breaking down of tooth enamel. That, in turn, that cause a higher production of bacteria to grow, and that bacteria will result in bad breath. What can you do to stop this? Try to reduce the consumption of foods with artificial sugars and increase consumption of foods with base compositions, like pears, especially when eating or drinking something acidic. Generally speaking, working towards improving your diet will result in improving your dental hygiene. In particular, opt for fibrous, crunchy fruits and vegetables often as they can help to clean and scrub the plaque and bacteria away that causes bad breath.

5. Stop Smoking


Cigarette being ignited

Scientists and activists all over the world have shared their concerns about the many negative effects that smoking can have on one’s body. One of the more prevalent examples of those effects is smoker’s breath. Smoking can produce a great deal of oral hygienic problems, as the smoker’s mouth is the first to experience the full force of the burnt tar and tobacco, and can result in stained teeth, gum disease, and throat cancer. If you smoke, the best thing you can do to stop bad breath is to quit smoking. Not only will it help you achieve a fresher's mouth, it will also help you to achieve a healthier body overall.

6. Drink Water


drink water everyday

Does that morning breath stick around with you all day? Maybe you’re not drinking enough water. Water is a great and natural way to help keep bad breath at bay. A simple solution to washing away food particles and bacteria, by drinking water. Water can neutralize bacteria as well, even neutralizing both sugars and acids that contribute to bad breath. Not to mention that water will also increase saliva production, also help to control bad breath and plaque.

7. See Your Dentist Regularly


dentist checking

No one knows more about your mouth than your dentist. Educated as they are, they are most qualified to put you on the right path towards excellent oral hygiene and clean, fresh breath. It’s important to visit your dentist biannually for both checkups and cleanings. Even if you brush and floss twice a day, every day, you should still visit your dentist. They can detect problems before they begin, improve your daily routine, and make informed recommendations that work for you.

8. Eat Fibrous Foods


Asparagus bunch

Fibrous foods are not only good for digestion, but they’re also good for your teeth. Fibrous foods, such as celery, are good for teeth because it can help to scrub away plaque, which causes bad breath, as it is formed by and composed of bacteria. There are lots of fibrous foods to choose from, especially raw and fresh vegetables or fruit.

9. Drink Black and Green Teas


tea leaves

The drink may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it does help to protect you from bad breath by killing bacteria. It not on freshens breath but helps to fight infection and bacteria too. In particular, green and black teas work to stop bad breath in its tracks by inhibiting bacteria growth. This is because teas contain polyphenols, which are antioxidizing and protect human cells from damage while decreasing bacteria growth by over 30%. Also, black tea, in particular, contains polyphenols that suppress bad breath, and the associated pathogens, protecting your oral and overall health.

10. Chew Gum


chewing gum on the plate

Chewing gum is nice, quick fix to bad breath, and especially if you need something to help you out on the go. Gum for breath control comes in many different flavors, and often comes sugar-free! However, chewing gum isn’t just good for your breath because of the flavoring that masks bad breath, it also helps to increase saliva production. Saliva helps to wash away plaque and food particles, as well as neutralizing acids and sugars, which contribute to bad breath and lead to cavities. Just make sure to chew with your mouth closed.

11. Scrape Your Tongue


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Halitosis bacteria thrives everywhere in your mouth and causes bad breath, which includes your tongue. Your tongue, just like your teeth and gums, should be cleaned every day and may be the cause of your bad breath. Fortunately, there is a simple solution. You can clean your tongue with your toothbrush, or you can use a specialized tongue brush, designed for cleaning your tongue specifically. You should remember to not to scrub too hard, though, as this can lead to scratching the tongue’s surface and tastebuds.

12. Limit Dairy In Your Diet


Susu murni dituang ke gelas

Dairy is a big part of a healthy diet, but it has its downsides. One of the downsides is that dairy products can cause bad breath. This happens a couple of ways. The first way bad breath can happen is by feeding halitosis bacteria. Drinking milk or consuming dairy gives oral bacteria something to digest, giving off an unpleasant, sulfur smell sometimes described as ‘milk breath’. The second-way dairy can cause bad breath is less common, and caused by a deficiency in the ability to process dairy and sugar, a minor intolerance, solved by opting for dairy alternatives.

13. Decrease Consumption of Products with Alcohol


Alcohol drinks in a glass

People who drink alcohol regularly, especially alcoholics, often suffer from bad breath. This is caused by the way the body deals with alcoholic substances. The body treats alcohol like a toxin, so it converts it to a less harmful chemical, acetic acid which is associated with bad odor. Different types of alcohol will cause varying degrees of bad breath, and but liqueurs tend to be the worst for causing bad breath, often attributed to the higher sugar content.

Another way alcohol can cause bad breath is through dehydration. When you consume alcohol, your body become dehydrated and your saliva production decreases. This prevents your mouth from naturally being cleansed and protected against bad breath, worsening the situation. This doesn’t mean you need to avoid alcohol completely, just enjoy in moderation.

14. Take Probiotics


probiotic food

When we think of probiotics, we often think of digestive health, but probiotics are good for oral health and preventing bad breath too. Probiotics can help to reduce halitosis bacteria, which causes bad breath, along with providing many other health benefits. In fact, some people naturally have beneficial bacteria in the mouth, which is why probiotics are good for bad breath since probiotics will only reduce bad breath causing bacteria.

15. Take Dietary Supplements


Supplemen makanan kesehatan

Just like with probiotics, dietary supplements can help with bad breath as well, in particular, zinc supplements. Zinc can help lead to a bacteria-free, clean mouth. Zinc is antibacterial, which is why it is often found in mouthwashes and other oral care products. Zinc helps bad breath because it is antimicrobial, meaning that it neutralizes harmful bacteria. Zinc also helps to speed the healing process, providing immunity, and decrease inflammation, leading to an overall healthier mouth along with preventing and solving bad breath issues caused by halitosis.

16. Avoid Drying Medications


Drying meds zap

A common minor side effect of many medications is dry mouth. Dry mouth is a term for decreased saliva production, leaving the mouth dry. The problem with dry mouth and decreased saliva production is that saliva is meant to neutralize bacteria and wash away food particles, both of which can cause bad breath. You can’t always avoid medications that cause dry mouth, but you should seek alternatives when possible, and remember to keep hydrated.

17. Take Care Of Your Dentures


take care of dentures

Dentures are helpful for those who need false teeth and require many to be replaced. It’s an inexpensive solution for many, in comparison to alternatives. However, it's important to care for them to avoid bad breath. Just like teeth, your dentures can accumulate bad breath bacteria, so you need to care for them like you would your teeth. Cleansing your dentures daily is important for keeping these kinds of bacteria at bay, and keeping your breath fresh.

18. Avoid Large Fillings If You Can


tooth fillings process

You might not have thought of it, but your fillings could be the cause of your bad breath. This is less common with newer fillings but older, larger fillings can cause problems. In particular, composite and silver amalgam fillings that are more than 10 years old, which as susceptible to masking and hiding cavities, tooth decay, and bacteria underneath. Tooth decay is often the root cause of chronic bad breath, and you should see a dentist if you suspect a problem with your fillings.

19. Don’t Let Your Children Nurse For Too Long


breastfeeding first baby

Breastfeeding, more highly recommended than pumping or bottle feeding and provides many benefits for your child, both nutritional and emotional. But, breastfeeding for too long can cause problems for your child later in life, including bad breath caused by halitosis, and even an increased risk for cavities. Studies have suggested that breastfeeding beyond a year or so can actually negatively impact your child’s oral health.

20. Clean Your Mouth Out After Every Meal


carrot juice

After you eat, food particles may stay in your mouth for hours following, giving bad breath causing bacteria something to feed on. Not to mention that if what you ate was sugary or acidic, it may also eat away at your enamel, in addition to causing foul breath. The best thing you can do in these situations is to brush or rinse between meals and after snacks.

Top 10 Products For Everyday Fresher Breath

Bad breath is one of those things that many people are self-conscious about. However embarrassing it may be, bad breath is common. Despite how common bad breath is, it isn’t normal. Bad breath is usually treatable all on its own, or it may be caused by underlying factors that may need to be treated individually first.

Although things like breath mints can temporarily cover bad breath, mints don’t kill the cause of bad breath like a mouthwash does. Mouthwashes often contain alcohol or other bacteria-killing ingredients to help eliminate bacteria that cause bad breath.

First, we’d like to go over our top three picks-

Firstly, we chose TheraBreath Fresh Breath Oral Rinse as out top pick for fighting bad breath. It provides longer breath protection, it works quickly, and it’s alcohol-free, so it doesn’t dry your mouth out. Also, the formula of the rinse kills bacteria without burning, soothing the mouth and gums.

In second, we chose Listerine Cool Mint Antiseptic Mouthwash because it is a no-nonsense product that eliminates bacteria that causes bad breath while providing a fresher scent. The wash also helps to eliminate plaque and sooth sore gums.

Finally, we chose SmartMouth Alcohol-Free Mouthwash as our third pick because it has 12-hour breath protection, it helps to actively prevent staining, and the product is extra-gentle for users. For total, all day protection, you can use the mouthwash twice a day.

Things You Should Know About Bad Breath

Here are a few things you should know about bad breath-

Anyone Can Develop Bad Breath

Bau Mulut

It’s true that anyone can develop bad breath. No matter your age, gender, or any other factor, you can develop bad breath. Bad breath isn’t just common, it’s completely treatable. What’s important to remember is that brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day is one of the primary things you can do to help reduce bacteria in the mouth, in turn preventing or reducing the effects of bad breath.

Morning Breath Is Normal

Bagun di pagi hari

When you’re asleep, your body slows down and saliva production drops, which means that your saliva can’t neutralize the bacteria in your mouth. Sulfuric bacteria that cause bad breath thrive in dry environments, which is why morning breath is totally normal. Once you’ve woken up and had something to eat, brushed your teeth or both, it should go away all on its own.

However, bad breath varies from person to person, so it may be worse for some and not others. But, there aren’t really any solutions as it’s a natural byproduct of sleeping. There are some products that can help, but one of the best things you can do is brush before bed, keeping bacteria at bay for the morning.

Tongue Brushes Can Help

Gosok lidah

It’s important to take your oral hygiene seriously, and try to achieve the best clean you can. Tongue brushes can help. It’s important to brush your tongue because it can harbor all sorts of bacteria that cause bad breath. Be careful not to scrape too hard, though, or you can cause your tongue to bleed.

Smoking Causes Bad Breath

Smoking is bad for family

Smoking isn’t healthy for the body, in fact, it has negative health impacts, including bad breath. There are a few different ways that smoking can cause or contribute to bad breath. Smoking introduces chemicals into your mouth contained within tobacco smoke. These chemicals can promote the growth of bad bacterias, and also cause dry mouth. Dry mouth means less saliva, which encourages further bacterial growth and bad breath, yuck!

Covering Bad Breath Doesn’t Work

Covering bad breath

No matter how many mints you use, they won’t be able to solve your bad breath problem for very long. The problem with bad breath is that it is caused by bacteria. You can temporarily mask the smell, but that won’t solve your breath problem. However, things like mints and other breath fresheners are great for refreshing your breath.

Persistent Bad Breath May Indicate An Underlying Issue

Persistent bad breath

Bad breath is often an independent problem, often caused solely by bacteria buildup in the mouth, in the form of plaque. However, this is not always the case as bad breath may also indicate an underlying health issue. A few things persistent bad breath may indicate are medication usage, infections, tonsil stones, metabolic disorders, and in very rare cases, diseases like cancer. If you have persistent bad breath, you’ll want to see your doctor or dentist about it.

Eliminating The Bacteria Is The Only Way To Stop Bad Breath

Bad breath bacteria

Bacteria that causes bad breath in anaerobic, it likes to thrive in places that are drier with less oxygen. Particularly, it grows and attaches to your teeth, especially between your teeth and in crevices. The best way to get rid of this bacteria is to physically remove it by brushing and flossing. Mouthwashes are also great for neutralizing and killing bacteria as well. These healthy habits will lead to healthier gums and teeth, as well as better breath.

Top 10 Products For Everyday Fresher Breath

1. TheraBreath Fresh Breath Oral Rinse

Thera Breath Fresh

The TheraBreath Fresh Breath Oral Rinse product is one of the top products for breath management. The rinse is formulated without alcohol, and it’s also gluten-free and kosher. It contains Xylitol for sweetness, and it eliminates sulfuric bacterias that cause bad breath with the help of hydrogenated castor oil and purified water as the main ingredients along with peppermint essential oil and sodium hydroxide.

To use, simply gargle and spit twice or three times a day to maintain fresh breath and keep bacteria at bay. It can also help for those with tonsil stones, which cause bad breath. The formula can help to dislodge current tonsil stones and help prevent future ones since they are caused by bacteria and food particle build up stuck in and around the tonsils. The product also disinfects, freshens, and helps to fight bad breath in long term use.

PROS

  • Alcohol-free
  • Helps with tonsil stones
  • Effective
  • Fights bacteria and freshens
  • Perfect for daily use

CONS

  • Slight unpleasant/metallic taste
  • Affects your taste buds- Minorly affects the way things taste after rinsing, you should wait 30 minutes to eat and drink after using

2. Listerine Cool Mint Antiseptic Mouthwash

Listerine Coolmint Antiseptic

Listerine is a brand of mouthwash that tends to be a household name for how well-known it is. Listerine is a mouthwash that is intended to fight bad breath by killing germs in the mouth. It kills germs that cause plaque and gingivitis by eliminating them with alcohol, eucalyptol, and menthol. The eucalyptus and menthol also help to sooth sore gums and teeth, which is beneficial if you have sensitivities.

Listerine Cool Mint Antiseptic Mouthwash is excellent not only for killing germs to prevent plaque and gingivitis, but also freshening breath with cool mint that isn’t overpowering. It’s recommended that you use Listerine one to three times per day in order to keep bacteria that cause bad breath at bay. This product is an excellent pick for those who need a simple mouthwash that works well and leaves your teeth and gums feeling fresh and clean.

PROS

  • Effective- Kills 99% of germs
  • Contains essential oils- eucalyptol, menthol, thymol, and methyl salicylate
  • Easy to use
  • Inexpensive

CONS

  • Not ideal for some extra sensitive users may cause minor burning sensation

3. SmartMouth Alcohol-Free Mouthwash

Smartmouth alcohol free mouthwash

SmartMouth Alcohol-Free Mouthwash provides 12-hour breath protection with just one use. It’s long lasting, which means with use twice daily, you can have 24-hour coverage. The product work with zinc ion technology, fighting bacteria that cause bad breath in the mouth. An important benefit of using this formula product is due to its non-staining nature. It is ideal for dentures and fillings, as it will not stain them.

This product is also alcohol-free, for those who are sensitive or looking for an alcohol-free solution. Since the mouthwash is activated, you should mix solutions 1 and 2 before using for 30-60 seconds once or twice daily as the instruction indicate.

PROS

  • Effective- 24 hour of breath protection
  • Alcohol-free- Gentle and non-staining
  • Zinc ion technology
  • Affordable

CONS

  • Unpleasant aftertaste for some
  • Dry mouth- May decrease saliva production

4. CloSYS Original Mouthwash

Closys mouthwash

Flavored and scented mouthwashes are bothersome to some individuals with sensitivities and preferences. Which is why CloSYS Original Mouthwash is excellent for those with sensitivities to flavor and scent, as it is unflavoured and gentle on gums. This product works to kill over 99% of germs that cause bad breath, refreshes the mouth, and provides long lasting, scent-free breath protection.

PROS

  • Balances Ph levels in the mouth- Reduces germs
  • Simple
  • Effective
  • Non-scented and unflavoured

CONS

  • Chemical aftertaste
  • May irritate those with thyroid issues- contains chemicals that irritate the condition

5. Listerine Total Care Zero Anticavity Mouthwash

Listerine mouthwash Zero anticavity mouthwash

For overall oral care, Listerine Total Care Zero Anticavity Mouthwash is a great option. It benefits your mouth, teeth, and gums in many ways, including by providing fluoride to both strengthen teeth and prevent cavities, as well as bad breath. In fact, Listerine total care is one of the top mouthwashes for overall oral care because it contains fluoride, which is a multipurpose tool for dental health. Listerine Total Care Zero Anticavity Mouthwash also contains eucalyptol and menthol for soothing and disinfecting.

PROS

  • Affordable
  • Easy to use
  • Contain fluoride- Strengthen teeth, prevents cavities
  • Alcohol free

CONS

  • Chemical taste- Especially aftertaste
  • Leaves residue on gums

6. Listerine Original Antiseptic Mouthwash

Listerine Original Antiseptic

Tried and true, Listerine Original Antiseptic Mouthwash was the first of the Listerine mouthwash line, providing fresher breath for people all over the world since. Its formula kills bacteria that cause bad breath, helps to prevent gingivitis and fights plaque. It adds to brushing, enhancing your clean. It has a simple formula, mainly comprised of alcohol, menthol, and eucalyptus, and should be used twice daily for best results.

PROS

  • Original formula
  • Economic
  • No extra additives
  • Effective- Kills germs

CONS

  • Unpleasant flavor
  • Contains alcohol

7. Crest 3D White Luxe Mouthwash

3DCrestWhiteLuxe

A whiter smile is always a good thing, which is why Crest 3D White Luxe Mouthwash is a good choice for both fighting bad breath, and keeping a whiter smile. The product is triple action, providing whitening, protecting against surface stains, and killing bad breath germs. The mouthwash whitens teeth, especially when used in combination with other Crest whitening products.

PROS

  • Whitens
  • Alcohol free
  • Kills Bacteria

CONS

  • Not for those with gum issues
  • Unpleasant aftertaste
  • Ineffective for whitening, unless used in combination with other Crest whitening products

8. TheraBreath PerioTherapy Healthy Gums Oral Rinse

TheraBreath Perio Therapy

TheraBreath PerioTherapy Healthy Gums Oral Rinse is one of the best options for those with sensitivities and gum problems including irritated or sore gums and periodontal problems. One of the things that make this product unique is its unique formula and safety for use during pregnancy and for treating oral issues caused by medical conditions. It is extra gentle, and it’s alcohol-free.

PROS

  • Effective
  • Ideal for those with gum problems- periodontal, gum recession, diabetes etc.
  • Extra gentle

CONS

  • Metallic taste- zinc
  • Alters taste
  • Not as thorough as other similar products- not recommended for those with healthy teeth and gums

9. TheraBreath Green Tea Mouthwash

Therabreath Green Tea Mouthwash

Green tea is good for the body. It provides many health benefits, including providing antioxidizing properties. Which is why TheraBreath Green Tea Mouthwash is especially beneficial for oral health, and fighting bad breath. Green tea extracts help to neutralize bacteria, protecting you from bad breath and cavities. Also, this product provides 24 hours of protection with only one use daily.

PROS

  • Green Tea extracts- soothes and fights bacteria
  • Gentle- alcohol-free

CONS

  • Alters taste- metallic aftertaste
  • Causes dry mouth in some users

10. ACT Restoring Anticavity Fluoride Mouthwash

ACTRestoringFluoride

ACT Restoring Anticavity Fluoride Mouthwash is the last product on our list, but certainly not the least. It’s a simple product with an alcohol-based formula, killing bacteria that cause bad breath. This product is also fortified with vitamins and minerals, that help to rebuild enamel, and nourish gums, with the refreshing taste of spearmint.

PROS

  • Alcohol free
  • Helps to promote stronger enamel

CONS

  • Masks breathe temporarily
  • Harsh- not for children or sensitive users

There you go. These are all the best fresheners you can find at Amazon. If you have information on other fresheners that not listed here. We surely want to hear that from you. Meanwhile check out other recommended products from Amazon below. 

How To Remove Tartar And Dental Plaque From Teeth Naturally

It’s important to understand the reason behind dental care and oral hygiene in order to understand how to care for our teeth.

The root of most dental problems stems from plaque. Plaque is a film of bacteria and food particles that build up on the surface of teeth, causing problems including bad breath, discoloration, cavities, and gum problems.

However, there are ways to help reduce plaque and remove it, especially by brushing and flossing twice daily. However, there are many other ways you can fight both plaque and tartar.

The Difference Between Tartar And Plaque

What is A Plaque?

Removing Plaque

Plaque is sticky and usually colorless or pale white. It is soft and builds upon the surface of teeth or along the gum line.

The film of plaque that builds up in your mouth is composed of bacteria and food particles, and it collects on the surface of your teeth every day.

The problem with plaque is that it can cause oral health issues including but not limited to bad breath, cavities, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and harden to become tartar.

Plaque is bad for teeth because it is composed of bacteria, rendering it acidic. It can erode and break down enamel. It will continue to break down enamel until neutralized or cleaned away.

If plaque is not cleaned away, the plaque can break through the enamel and cause cavities and other issues. Fortunately, brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily is one of the things you can do that curbs the effects of plaque.

Components Of Plaque

There are many different types of bacteria that are present in the mouth that contribute to overall health.

These bacteria and neutrophils, leukocytes, lymphocytes, and macrophages are all part of a normal and healthy oral cavity. Plaque is not, but it is natural and normal. Plaque is actually 90% water in most cases, but 70% of the dry weight of plaque is bacteria, and the other 30% is composed of glycoproteins and polysaccharides.

Three Main Components Of Plaque

  • BActeria
  • Subgingival biofilm
  • Supragingival biofilm

This type of biofilm is located above the gums, which is the first type of plaque to form after brushing and flossing, usually forming between the teeth and just above the gumline. The bacteria that makes up this kind of plaque is mostly aerobic, meaning it needs oxygen to survive.

Tartar

tartar

Tartar is yellow or yellowish brown in color.

It is the result of plaque buildup that has been left too long, becoming crusty, porous, and hard, usually attaching along the gumline.

It feels heavier than a plaque and looks unsightly. When plaque isn’t brushed away, it can become tartar.

Tartar is bad for teeth because it is both porous and hard, giving a place for bacteria to multiply underneath. If tartar is not removed, it will continue to grow and calcify.

Tartar is difficult to remove, and can only be done by a dentist. Specified instruments can remove the plaque with ease when done by a professional. Both brushing and flossing daily, along with tartar control toothpaste are your best options for controlling and preventing tartar build up.

Facts About Tartar And Plaque

Plaque is a biofilm 

plaque is a biofilm

A biofilm is any group of microorganisms that stick together and form a film together, adhering to any number of surfaces. For example, the plaque is a bacterial biofilm, made up of over 300 different types of bacterial components, which adhere to the surface of teeth. It is colorless, sticky, and you can tell it’s there when your teeth feel “fuzzy” against your tongue.

The right mouthwash can help 

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Some mouthwashes and rinses have been found to help fight plaque and neutralize plaque causing bacterias, lowering your risk of tooth decay, cavities, and tartar build up. In particular, rinses with fluoride and antimycobacterial properties are best for fighting plaque and tartar. Alcohol is also a good antibacterial agent, but for some users, mouthwashes with this ingredient may be too harsh or drying.

Visiting the dentist is an important part of keeping plaque at bay 

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It’s important to visit the dentist twice annually, for both checkups and cleanings. In particular, cleanings are important for fighting plaque and tartar. In the case that plaque does harden to become tartar, your dentist or hygienist can use special tools to scrape and clean the tartar away. They may also recommend better ways to help you fight plaque at home so you can have healthier teeth.

There is a link between heart and gum disease 

Gum Disease Now

Although arterial plaque and dental plaque are both unwanted substances that collect in different parts of the body, they are not the same. However, there is a link between heart disease and gum disease. Also, bacteria contributing to plaque in the mouth can find its way into the bloodstream by way of diseased gum tissue, contributing to clogged blood vessels

Opt for tap water 

Tap Water

Most public water systems have added fluoride, helping to prevent cavities caused by plaque and tartar build up. So, if you’re looking to help further protect your teeth and fight plaque, opt for tap water contain small amounts of fluoride, or you can add fluoride to your drinking water yourself. However, large amounts of fluoride do cause brown spots, which is why only a small amount is needed to help protect teeth.

Plaque forms when carbohydrates come into contact with your teeth 

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When you eat something that’s a sugar or starch, it qualifies as a carbohydrate. When carbohydrates come into contact with your teeth, the bacteria in your mouth can collect. A by-product of bacteria eating away at leftover food particles is the acidic substance now as plaque. These acids can break down tooth enamel, causing all kinds of tooth and gum issues, including gingivitis and tooth decay.

Brushing and flossing are your best defense

brushing and flossing the right way

One of the best things you can do for your teeth to prevent plaque and tartar buildup is to brush and floss twice a day, every day. You can also use plaque fighting toothpaste and mouthwashes to help reduce plaque as well. There are lots of ways you can fight plaque naturally too.

Consequences Of Plaque And Tartar Buildup

There are many health risks and problems that develop due to plaque and tartar build up over time.

Some effects are reversible, while other can be managed and treated, but not cured. Which is why it’s so important to stop plaque before it causes health issues.

There have been established links between many different health conditions and periodontal disease, one of the main results of plaque buildup.

Periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, dementia, arthritis, and even premature birth. However, more research is needed to establish a more clear connection.

We’ll go over the top three direct result of plaque and tartar buildup.

Gingivitis


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Gingivitis is a very common result of plaque buildup inside the oral cavity.

The bacteria found in plaque causes inflammation of the gums, causing gingivitis.

Gingivitis is usually identified by red, swollen gums and bleeding when brushing or flossing, often referred to as “pink in the sink.”

Gingivitis can lead to more serious problems, including gum disease. However, Gingivitis caused by plaque is reversible with proper dental care and regular plaque removal.

Signs of Gingivitis

  • Tenderness
  • Pain and aching
  • Red and purple gums
  • Swelling and puffiness
  • Bleeding gums
  • Halitosis (Bad breath)

Risk Factors

  • Age- Those who are older tend to be at a higher risk, but anyone can develop gingivitis
  • Poor dental hygiene- Those who don’t brush and floss their teeth twice daily are at a higher risk
  • Aggressive hygiene- Brushing too hard, brushing with stiff bristles etc.
  • Osteoporosis- Those with this disease are at a higher risk for developing gingivitis
  • Dry mouth- Caused by a number of factors
  • Smoking
  • Genetics

Periodontitis


Periodontitis tooth

Periodontitis is an infection of the gums, leading to bone destruction around the teeth.

This occurs after gingivitis has established itself and has not been treated, and has progressed instead to develop into periodontitis.

Plaque and tartar buildup play a key role when it comes to developing periodontitis, as the bacteria in plaque will break down the enamel and bone.​

Periodontitis cannot be reversed but can be treated with a strict cleaning regime and very regular visits to the dentist. In some extreme cases, antibiotics and/or surgery are recommended.​

Signs of Periodontitis

  • Bright red or purple gums
  • Tenderness and pain along the gumline
  • Swollen gums
  • Pus and other fluids between your teeth and gums
  • Halitosis (Bad breath)
  • New spaces developing between teeth
  • Gums that are pulling away from the teeth (receded) making them appear longer than normal
  • Loose teeth

Risk Factors

  • Poor diet
  • Not treating gingivitis
  • Age- Those who are older tend to be at a higher risk, but anyone can develop gingivitis
  • Poor dental hygiene- Those who don’t brush and floss their teeth twice daily are at a higher risk
  • Aggressive hygiene- Brushing too hard, brushing with stiff bristles etc.
  • Osteoporosis- Those with this disease are at a higher risk for developing gingivitis
  • Dry mouth- Caused by a number of factors
  • Smoking
  • Genetics

Caries (Cavities)


Caries or cavities

Caries, also more commonly known as cavities, are a disease caused by streptococcus mutants as acid breaks down and demineralizes the enamel of teeth. As the cavity progresses, it can invade the inner dental tissue as well. It causes a hole to develop in the infected tooth as well, leading to further tooth decay and when untreated, loss of the entire tooth.

Signs of Caries

  • Toothache
  • Sensitivity
  • Tooth staining
  • Halitosis (Bad breath)
  • Visible holes in your teeth
  • Sharp pain when eating hot or cold foods

Risk Factors

  • Poor diet/unhealthy habits
  • Having gingivitis/periodontitis
  • Frequent sugar consumption
  • Not enough fluoride exposure
  • Breastfeeding for too long (in children)
  • Age- Those who are older tend to be at a higher risk, but anyone can develop gingivitis
  • Aggressive hygiene- Brushing too hard, brushing with stiff bristles etc.
  • Osteoporosis- Those with this disease are at a higher risk for developing gingivitis
  • Dry mouth- Caused by a number of factors
  • Smoking
  • Genetics
  • Diabetes and other health conditions

5 Facts About Caries

  • Anyone can get a cavity

  • Cavities are a form of tooth decay

  • You won’t always know if you have a cavity

  • Tooth sensitivity does not indicate that you have cavities

  • Brushing and flossing are the best way to prevent cavities

Floss your teeth everyday!

Brushing and flossing twice a day is the best way to prevent cavities. You can also use mouthwash and cavity-fighting toothpaste to help prevent cavities.

It is recommended to brush and floss twice a day especially when you just finish taking meal.

Statistics shown that people who are brushing and flossing regularly every day were having less cavities compare to the ones who aren't doing it on regular basis.

Ways To Get Rid Of Plaque And Tartar Naturally

Brushing & Flossing


brushing your teeth on daily basis

The best way to fight plaque and tartar is to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice daily. You should also floss.

However, not everyone who brushes their teeth daily is brushing their teeth correctly. Brushing your teeth correctly allow you to remove the optimum amount of plaque, protecting your teeth and gums.

To brush your teeth correctly, you should hold your brush at a 45-degree angle.

You should also make sure to brush all surfaces of your upper and lower teeth, as well as your tongue and inner cheeks to fight plaque and keep your mouth clean. Also, make sure to floss as well, because flossing can reach plaque in place most toothbrushes cannot. But don’t press to hurt on the gums, as this will irritate them.

Baking Soda


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Did you know you can clean your teeth with baking soda paste? Well, it has been a well established occasional DIY toothpaste substitute.

Baking soda is slightly abrasive, which is why it works well for removing plaque for your enamel as your brush.

You can easily create a usable baking soda paste with a bit of baking soda and coconut oil, but you shouldn’t use it every day, due to it’s more abrasive nature.

You should also make sure to rinse properly after using baking soda to clean your teeth, as you would with your everyday toothpaste.

Getting Your Vitamin C


getting your vitamin c

There are so many foods that contain high amounts of vitamin C, besides oranges including strawberries, tomatoes, berries, bell peppers, limes, and lemons all contain lots of vitamin C.

Vitamin C is important for supporting oral health, as well as fighting plaque and tartar. You can even use fruit peels and fruit pastes mixed with baking soda to further fight plaque and improve whiteness.

One of the pastes we recommend is a strawberry paste. Strawberries contain malic acid as well as vitamin C, which is known for fighting enamel stains and bacteria.

You can mash strawberries up and combine with baking soda and coconut oil to a smooth paste. Brush normally for best results and use as an occasional treatment.

Oil Pulling


Coconut oil is it good

This simple practice has been used for hundreds of years to remove plaque buildup and keep plaque from forming.

Coconut oil is one of the best natural oils you can use for this process, that also includes vitamin and mineral benefits. Coconut oil is also anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.

You can practice this method by taking a tablespoon of coconut oil and swishing it around in your mouth for 5-15 minutes. Try not to swallow the mixture and spit and rinse after you’re done.

This process works well as part of your daily routine before you eat as you make breakfast or while you shower. You can repeat the process daily for best results.

Guava


Guava fruit

Guava fruit and leaves are excellent for preventing bacteria from forming as plaque on your teeth. Guava possesses anti-plaque agents that help stop and remove plaque in its tracks. In fact, guava fruit is both analgesic and anti-inflammatory.

Along with eating the fruit, there is another great way you can benefit from its properties. By taking the leaves, chewing them into a pulp, spitting them out and then rinsing, you can reduce inflammation and plaque build up with daily use.

Aloe Vera


Aloe Vera Lidah buaya

Aloe vera is just a good as a mouthwash when it comes to anti-inflammatory and plaque fighting properties.

It is also antimicrobial which means that an effective method for killing harmful bacteria in the mouth.

You can extract aloe vera directly from the plant by slicing the leaf open extracting the pulp, or you can purchase organic aloe vera gel at most health food stores.

Once you have the aloe vera pulp, you should apply the paste to your teeth and wait for 10-15 minutes, the rinse your mouth. You should repeat this process twice daily for best results.

Sesame Seeds


Sesame seeds

Sesame seeds are great for acting as scrubbing agents for the teeth. While you eat them, they will gently abrade and remove plaque from the surface of your enamel.

You can also brush with the seeds after you chewed them instead of swallowing to further take advantage of their abrasive nature.

Cloves


Cloves for toothache

Cloves have been used as a toothache remedy for centuries, and it has been proven to scientifically have many oral health benefits, including plaque fighting benefits.

It can be used in a paste as well to fight dental plaque.

You can mash and mix cloves and any oil, such as coconut oil, to make a paste to brush with. You can then apply the mixture to your teeth and wait for five minutes before spitting the mixture out and rinsing well.

Cloves are also good for helping to control staining as well, so you can benefit from them in many ways, improving your overall health.

White Vinegar


White vinegar for teeth

White vinegar is one of those multi-purpose items that most people have in their homes.

It’s useful for all kinds of household cleaning, cooking, and even fighting plaque and tartar. Vinegar is not only perfect for plaque fighting, it’s also good at preventing the demineralization of enamel, protecting your teeth.

The best way to use vinegar for your teeth is to use 1 tablespoon of salt and 2 tablespoons of vinegar and mixing them with a half of cup of water to use as a mouthwash.

The taste is unpleasant, but the effects are worth it. The combination acts as a natural mouthwash alternative that promotes a healthier mouth and use 1-3 times daily.

Vitamin Paste


Vitamin paste for teeth

It’s good to take your daily vitamins, but did you know you can brush with them too? You can take crushed vitamin C tablets and coconut oil and mix them together into a paste for brushing.

The paste will be slightly abrasive, and that will help to remove plaque along with the vitamin C, also helping to improve oral health.

Rosemary Essential Oils


Rosemary Essential Oils

Rosemary essential oils are excellent for oral health because it has antibacterial properties.

It works to fight bacteria as a disinfectant, eradicating bacteria that causes bad breath, plaque, plaque causing bacteria and treating other oral health issues.

To use rosemary to fight plaque, mix a few drops of essential oil with a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth without swallowing for 5-10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

Then, you can brush your teeth as you would normally. You can use this treatment twice a day before you brush your teeth for best results.

Black Tea


Black tea for teeth health

Not only do black and green teas give you a boost at any time of day, but it can also help with oral health.

Black and green teas are antioxidizing, fighting both plaque and bacteria in the mouth. Both teas can also help to protect your enamel from decay and breakdown.

You can use either tea to your advantage by either brewing and drinking the tea, or using either black or green tea as a rinse before brushing. With black teas, you should always make sure to brush afterward to prevent any staining.

Using Tartar Control Toothpaste


tartar control toothpaste

Tartar control toothpaste are readily available at most grocery, health, and drug stores. There are many different kinds of tartar control toothpaste, but make sure to look for toothpaste containing zinc citrate, fluoride, and phosphates in particular. In particular, fluoride can strengthen and protect enamel so your teeth are better protected against plaque. It can also help to mineralize weakened areas of your teeth while fighting off bacteria that causes tartar.

Another way you can get the fluoride you need is by drinking tap water. Most public water systems add small amounts of fluoride to the water to improve overall dental and oral health for the general population.

Using An Electric Toothbrush


Using an electric toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes have been known to remove plaque more efficiently than manual brushes.

Though you can get a great clean with a good manual brush, studies have shown that with an electric brush, you can get an equal or better clean in less time with less effort.

Make sure that when you’re choosing an electric brush to pick one that suits your needs and budget.

Try to narrow down a list of things you would like to find in the ideal brush and establish a budget to work within. Also, no matter if you use manual or electric, you should aim for find a brush with soft and varied bristles.

Soft bristles are more effective in removing plaque while being gentle on teeth and varied bristles allow advanced cleaning between all crooks and crevices.

Using An Antiseptic Rinse


Antiseptic rinse

Using an antiseptic rinse is similar to using a mouthwash, but it usually has more antibacterial and medicinal properties.

Often, these kinds of rinses contain both soothing agents and antibacterial agents.

One of the most common antibacterial agents found in antiseptic mouthwashes is peroxide. You can usually find these kinds of rinses at drug stores and pharmacies.

If you’d like to make your own, you can! A great way to DIY your own antibacterial rinse is to 3% peroxide solution along with some eucalyptus or any other non-toxic essential oils to use as a rinse for your mouth.

Take care not to swallow and to rinse thoroughly with water after use.

Teeth Whitening: Top 15 Ways to Do It Yourself

One of the first things people notice about you is your smile, which is why a whiter smile is so important to so many people across the globe. However, teeth often become dull and may stain over time due to the foods we eat and how we care for our teeth and gums. In fact, adult teeth are never white. They are usually a very pale shade of yellow or gray naturally.

Why Do Teeth Get Yellow?

Yellow Tooth

There are many factors that contribute to yellowed teeth. Some factors are preventable, while others are unavoidable.

Factors like genetics and tooth structure may not be controlled, while life choices like the foods we eat, things we drink, and substances we put into our body are controllable factors that may cause yellowing of the enamel.

Your teeth actually consist of four layers- enamel, dentin, pulp, and cementum. Enamel is the outer layer of the tooth, which is hard and protects the tooth, which is the part of the tooth that contribute to color.

Dentin is the second layer, which lies beneath the enamel, supporting it. The third layer of pulp contains blood and lymph vessels. Finally, the final layer of cementum covers the root of the tooth.

Even if you have yellowed teeth, you can reverse the effects of staining and achieve pearly whites by using a whitening agent.

Whitening agents are any product or substances that help to bleach and remove stains from teeth. Normally, peroxide is usually the main ingredient in store bought teeth bleaching kits. However, there are lots of natural and alternative methods for achieving a whiter smile too.

Since we value white and healthy teeth, here are 20 ways to naturally whiten your teeth at home.

15 Ways to Safely and Naturally Whiten Your Teeth at Home

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda in a jar

Baking soda is an excellent cleaning and whitening agent for teeth. It’s also readily available at the supermarket and even some convenience stores. It’s often a household staple, used for baking and even general cleaning tasks. You may already have some in your kitchen or hall closet.

Baking soda does a few things for your teeth. It is a naturally abrasive agent, scrubbing teeth and removing both plaque and food particles. Also, baking soda is very alkaline, which means that is a base, neutralizing acids and sugars in your mouth which can cause the breakdown of enamel, which leads to cavities and tooth decay. Baking soda can help to balance the Ph levels in your mouth.

You can use baking soda with a few drops of water or coconut oil to create a paste, which you can apply to your toothbrush and brush your teeth normally.

However, since baking soda is abrasive, it shouldn’t be used daily. It’s better to use this method once or twice a week to keep your teeth clean and sparkling white.

2. Strawberries

Strawberries plant

Strawberries are high in vitamin C, which can help to break down plaque which causes yellowing teeth.

Strawberries are also chocked full of malic acid. Malic acid can help to remove surface stains on teeth by helping to break down and remove plaque from the surface enamel.

To use strawberries to whiten your teeth, you have a few options. You can, of course, eat the strawberries and benefit from them, but you can also use them as a paste and brush with them.

To make a paste, you can use any combination of baking soda, salt, or coconut oil with mashed strawberries for a natural whitening alternative.

However, malic acid is only good for whitening when used in moderation. So, you should aim to only use the mixture to brush with a couple of times per week.

3. Lemon Juice

lemon juice

Lemons, like most fruit, are acidic.

Though acids are known to be harmful to tooth enamel, breaking the tooth down and leaving the tooth vulnerable to tooth decay, occasional use of acids to remove stains can work to bring you whiter teeth.

In most cases, you should rinse your mouth after eating acidic foods to avoid erosion. If you want to use lemon juice to help whiten teeth, you can make a paste using baking soda and brush with it normally.

Due to the acidic nature of lemons, you should only brush with lemon paste once a week, or once every two weeks.

The rest of the time, you should rinse or brush after eating any acidic foods, including citrus fruits like lemons.

4. Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an old remedy for staining and technique for achieving whiter teeth. It works in a few different ways, not only improving the pigment of your teeth but killing bacteria as well. There are lots of health benefits you can receive from oil pulling, for both teeth and gums.

While most people practice oil pulling for upwards of ten minutes per day, two to five minutes per day can give you many of the same benefits without the lengthy dedication.

You can use coconut oil in one of two ways. Firstly, you can use the coconut oil for pulling by swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil around your mouth for 2-5 minutes, then following with regular brushing. Alternatively, you can just use the coconut along with your regular toothpaste for the antibacterial properties that encourage less plaque and in turn, less staining.

Coconut oil is not a bleaching agent, but it will decrease plaque, which will lead to whiter teeth. Not only that, but it can help to encourage healthier gums as well. Coconut oil is also very inexpensive and is mild to taste.

5. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogene Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is one of the main ingredients in most whitening gels and strips.

Though you can buy products that contain peroxides, such as whitening strips and gels, you can also make your own whitening paste at home using a combination of hydrogen peroxide and coconut oil or baking soda.

To use the paste, all you need to do is brush with it normally to allow the whitening effects to take place.

It’s an effective method for achieving whiter teeth, but you should make sure to rinse completely after use. Also, the treatment should only be used a couple times per week to avoid increased sensitivity.

If you choose to mix the peroxide with baking soda, it’s important to limit your use and rinse because it can break down enamel and cause additional sensitivity as well as yellowing. Baking soda can also be coarse and abrasive, so make sure to be gentle.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinnegar

For stubborn stains, apple cider vinegar is a great option. Apple cider vinegar is great for gum care and removes the toughest stains, especially those caused by nicotine and caffeine. You can use apple cider vinegar by either using it as a rinse or brushing with it.

Apple cider vinegar can give you whitening results that rival the results you’d get from a professional whitening. However, vinegar is acidic and can break down enamel. This is why you should rinse with water after using the vinegar, and only use the treatment once or twice a week.

It may take a few weeks or months to see the full results, but it’s worth the wait, especially for the cost. Don’t forget to brush regularly after using the apple cider vinegar treatment.

7. Brushing After Meals

Brushing after meal

This shouldn’t be a surprise, but there are lots of foods and beverages that can harm enamel, and in turn, stain your teeth.

A few of these culprits are wine, coffee, acidic food, and both processed and natural sugars.

The best way to prevent staining, in turn allowing for whiter teeth, is to brush and floss more often. After you eat or drink, it can be helpful to brush your teeth.

This will help to eliminate leftover food particles, encouraging bacterial growth, causing staining, plaque, and even cavities.

Even if you don’t have time to brush, it’s a great idea to rinse your mouth or take a drink of water. The water will neutralize acidic and sugar, while also helping to clear teeth of residues.

8. Eat Your Veggies Raw

Raw Veggies

Crunchy and raw vegetables are a great way to help brush the plaque away and whiten your teeth.

Plaque buildup occurs throughout the day and can cause both yellowing and cavities.

Raw veggies like celery, broccoli, and carrots are slightly abrasive and can act as a scrubbing agent, carrying plaque and food particles away.

Not to mention that veggies are chocked full of high water and vitamin content.

Vitamins help to strengthen teeth, while water helps to whiten and wash away particles. Overall, eating fresh vegetables is an excellent way to improve your overall health and achieve whiter teeth.

9. Try An Apple A Day

Nice apple fruit

Just like raw vegetables, apples are an excellent way to whiten your teeth naturally as well. Apples are essentially nature’s toothbrush. When you eat an apple, you benefit from it in a few different ways.

To start, apples are fibrous, which means that they are gently abrasive.

As we know, crunchy foods help scrub away plaque that causes stains. Apples also manage to clean between teeth, as well as on the surface.

As you bite into the fruit, it can help to clean your teeth, whitening them in the long run by keeping plaque at bay.

Also, apples are naturally slightly acidic which may act as an astringent. However, you should still rinse or drink some water after eating apples to prevent any damage to the enamel of your teeth.

Apples are also excellent for naturally white teeth because they are chocked full of vitamins that benefit your oral health including vitamins A, B, C, K and more.

10. Charcoal

Charcoal in a basket

Activated charcoal, also known as activated carbon, is a black powder substance, often found in capsules and used to treat some medical conditions. It’s also non-toxic.

You might think that using something dark in pigment would be counterproductive for whitening, but this not the case with charcoal. Activated charcoal not only improves whiteness but also absorbs toxins.

To use charcoal, you can use charcoal powder and combine it with coconut oil to make a paste. Alternatively, you can use water, but a smoother consistency may be achieved using coconut oil instead. Then, all you need to do is brush normally and rinse well. You shouldn’t use charcoal every day, but you can use it every other day for whiter teeth.

There are some charcoal toothpaste that is intended for everyday use, so if you want to stick with charcoal, you can alternate between using the charcoal paste and toothpaste alternative.

11. Floss

How to floss the right way

Flossing. It’s something we should do every day, but not always something we practice in our daily lives.

Floss particularly good when it comes to keeping your teeth white, plaque free, and clean. Floss doesn’t whiten teeth in the sense of bleaching, it just does a good job of cleaning away plaque, preventing yellowing and cavities.

Also, floss can help reduce the amount of food particles found in the mouth, reducing bacteria which may lead to plaque production. All around, flossing helps to keep teeth cleaner and whiter.

You should floss twice daily in order to benefit your teeth and gums.

12. Use a Straw

Use straw to protect teeth

You don’t need to cut out sugary drinks altogether to live a happy, healthy, and balanced lifestyle. However, residual sugar left behind from drinking these kinds of beverages can do damage to the enamel, breaking the exterior down and allowing for both staining and cavities.

To prevent breakdown and protect your teeth, you have to drink sugary beverages with a straw.

The straw will minimize the amount of contact the sugar has with your enamel. This will, in turn, allow for your teeth to stay whiter and improve whiteness over time with less contact with sugar.

13. Turmeric

Tumeric mixed

Turmeric is a root that belongs to the ginger family. It has a peppery flavor, and it’s yellow in color. Often, it’s produced as a tried powder.

Turmeric has many health benefits, including teeth whitening and gum care. Turmeric is not only chocked full of vitamins, but it also provides anti-inflammatory benefits as well.

Turmeric is highly pigmented and tends to stain things like fabrics, but it has miraculous effects when it comes to whitening teeth.

You can use turmeric in combination with coconut oil to make a paste for brushing with. You should still rinse after using the treatment, but it’s safe for daily use and cleans your teeth well.

Turmeric is also antioxidizing and antimycobacterial, so you know that you’ll come away with clean and healthy teeth after brushing with turmeric. These qualities also make turmeric paste great for helping with gum problems like periodontitis.

14. Banana Peels

Banana Now

Banana peel whitening has been on the rise as a DIY whitening method. Though some people claim that the method isn’t effective, there is some science behind the trend that explains the method’s effectiveness.

To use a banana peel to whiten your teeth, you should use a banana that’s just ripe, with some parts of the peel that may still be green. You should use a ripe banana because it will have the optimum levels of potassium, which is the ingredient that brightens and whitens teeth.

Next, all you need to do is cut a strip of banana that you can fit comfortably against your teeth and rub your teeth for 2 minutes. Afterward, you can rinse or brush your teeth normally. The minerals and potassium found in the peel will brighten and whiten your teeth over time with daily use.

15. Care for your teeth

teeth whitening comparison

Above all else, you can whiten your teeth by removing plaque and preventing future staining. This is why caring for your teeth is one of the best and most important steps you can take to achieve whiter teeth.

Taking care of your teeth means a lot of things, especially brushing and flossing twice a day, below is a list of things you can do to care for your teeth and keep them white.

Healthy habits for whiter teeth

Brushing and flossing twice a day


Brushing method

It’s recommended that individuals brush their teeth twice a day. Although, not everyone does so. Brushing twice a day ensures that the majority of plaque, bacteria, and food particles are brushed and scrubbed away. You should also floss, because it will further reduce the amount of particles in your mouth, leading to cleaner and writer teeth.

Choosing the right products


choose the right type of toothbrush

The type of toothbrush you use affects the level of clean you can achieve. While different people may have different needs when it comes to dental care, a few things to look for as a general rule of thumb are soft bristles, a comfortable handle, and varied length bristles. The toothpaste and mouthwash you use also can affect your teeth. Sugarless toothpaste with fluoride is one of the best options, along with making your own. Same goes for mouthwash.

Eating healthy  


eating healthy

Eating the right foods goes a long way to having white and healthy teeth. Some of the best foods you can eat include crunchy and raw vegetables, but whole grains and dairy products are also excellent for your oral health. General healthy eating benefits your whole body, including your teeth and gums.

Drinking water


Women drinking water

Along with eating a balanced diet and including tooth-friendly foods in your daily meals, you should also increase your water intake. Water benefits the body in many ways, but especially your oral health. Water promotes gum health, cleans the teeth, and neutralizes both acids and sugars, which decreases plaque production. Water is excellent for promoting whiter teeth.

Minimizing sugar/acid intake


Sugar intake

We all know that sugar isn’t beneficial for our health. It’s okay in moderation, but both sugars and acids can damage your enamel. Both can break down enamel, causing staining and even cavities. You should make sure that you control both your acid and sugar intake, while also rinsing with or drinking water after consumption to neutralize bacteria causes.

Brushing after meals


Brushing your teeth now

Brushing after meals decreases the chance of food particles staying in the mouth to become bacteria, which becomes plaque. Plaque can affect the whiteness of your teeth, causing yellowing over time. Brushing or rinsing between meals is a small thing you can do for a healthier and brighter smile.

Visiting the dentist


Visit dentist

Visiting the dentist regularly plays an important role in oral health, especially for managing and promoting whiter teeth. You should visit the dentist biannually for checkups and cleaning. Cleanings can whiten your teeth because the dental hygienist will be able to clean your teeth more thoroughly and your dentist will be able to identify and problem areas during checkups. Asking your dentist about whitening methods is also a good idea because they often have a lot of professional insight on how to achieve a whiter smile.

Follow and do these tips on regular basis to get healthier, whiter teeth … 

10 Best DIY Teeth Whitening Products

Your smile is one of your best assets, which is why everyone wants white, sparkling teeth.

Unfortunately, there are many factors in our everyday lives that can stain our teeth. Things, like drinking wine or coffee, eating acidic or sugary foods, smoking, and even aging, may stain your teeth.

Some staining is preventable, but sometimes, our teeth do yellow. Which is where teeth whitening comes into play.

Getting your teeth whitened at the dentist may be very expensive, especially if you don’t have dental coverage for whitening services.

Fortunately, there are lots of at-home whitening solutions that do wonders to whiten your teeth, so you can have a sparkling smile, always. We’ve come up with a list of our favorite whitening products, so you can find the best way to whiten your teeth at home.


First, we’d like to go over our top three picks-

Firstly, we chose Crest 3D Whitestrips as out top pick because it provides long-lasting whitening, removes old and new stains, and because they are very comfortable to use. These whitening strips are ideal for everyone, especially for those looking to save hundreds and thousands of dollars for superior whitened teeth.

In second, we chose Rocky Mountain Essentials Tuxedo Charcoal Whitening Powder because it’s an all natural product, great for sensitive teeth, and offers great results for a low price.

Also, we chose Crest 3D Whitening Mouthwash because it’s simple to use, serves many purposes including whitening and breath odor control, and even protects teeth from future staining when used regularly.

Things You Should Know Before Whitening Your Teeth

Here are a few things you should know before you whiten your teeth-

Most Teeth Whitening Products Are Completely Safe For Teeth


When teeth whitening products are used occasionally and according to their respective directions, they pose no threat to your enamel. It’s a myth that whitening products are not safe for short term use.

Not Everyone Should White Their Teeth


Though whitening your teeth is safe, there are some individuals who shouldn’t whiten their teeth.

Those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, children, adolescents with some remaining baby teeth, those with sensitive teeth or gums, and those with gum problems. However, sometimes

charcoal-based products are okay for those who are pregnant and breastfeeding, but you should always ask your doctor first.

Adult Teeth Are Naturally Pale Yellow or Grey


Adult teeth are not naturally white. Even teeth that are well taken care of are not bright white.

Although, things like wine, coffee, and sugar may bring the color of your teeth from pale yellow-white to a deep yellow if you don’t care for your teeth properly to prevent staining.

Whitening Isn’t Permanent


Although whitening can last a long time, and help to remove some staining for good, that bright white sparkle won’t last forever without good dental hygiene and regular touchups. So, whatever whitening method you choose, you should know that you’ll need to keep up the treatments in order to maintain the results.

10 Best DIY Teeth Whitening Products

1. Crest 3D Whitestrips

crest-3d-white

The Crest 3D Whitestrips are one of the best examples of being able to achieve a professionally whitened smile at home. The strips are simple and easy to use.

Simply peel the white strip away from the backing of the packaging, apply to your teeth, wait the recommended amount of time, and reveal your whiter smile.

These Whitestrips provide many advantages.

Unlike many other products, white stripes aren’t messy and remain relatively cost-friendly. Not to mention that Crest 3D Whitestrips provide up to 14 years of stains, only takes 30 minutes to use per day, and lasts for 12 months and longer.

Crest 3D Whitestrips are also versatile. They are easily portable and can stretch to fit anyone’s smile, giving you great whitening coverage.

PROS

  • Long-lasting results (12 months+)
  • Easy to use
  • Effective-14 years of stains removed
  • Versatile- Portable and customizable
  • Affordable

CONS

  • Small strips
  • Not ideal for some sensitive users

2. Rocky Mountain Essentials Tuxedo Charcoal Whitening Powder

rocky-mountain-charcoal-whitening

Sometimes, you want to keep things natural, especially when it comes to health. Charcoal is a natural carbon product that is blackened in pigment.

You may think that using a black substance to whiten your teeth would be counter productive, but you would be mistaken.

Rocky Mountain Essentials Tuxedo Charcoal Whitening Powder is the perfect product for you if you want to whiten your teeth naturally.

It comes in a small jar, and you can use it regularly with your toothbrush. The jar gives you enough for 2-3 months of regular use.

The formula is also composed of coconut charcoal, giving the product antibacterial and antifungal properties, in addition to whitening. You’ll be able to see results within 30 days of use.

PROS

  • Natural- Coconut charcoal
  • Inexpensive
  • Effective
  • Great for sensitive users
  • No bleaching

CONS

  • Gradual results- Not dramatic or immediate
  • Messy and grainy

3. Crest 3D Whitening Mouthwash

crest-3d-glamorous-white

Convenience can make a big difference, especially if you’re on a tight schedule. Which is why Crest 3D Whitening mouthwash is a great option for those with busy mornings.

Mouthwash is exceptionally easy to use. Simple brush, as usual, follow with flossing, then rinse for the recommended amount of time with the whitening mouthwash.

The mouthwash is fast acting, showing results within just 2-7 days! The mouthwash also works best when paired with Crest 3D Luxe Glamorous White Toothpaste. Not to mention that this mouthwash serves three separate purposes.

The mouthwash whitens teeth, protects against stains, and kills bacteria, preventing cavities.

The best part? Good news for those with sensitivities, the Crest 3D Whitening mouthwash contains no alcohol.

PROS

  • Convenient
  • Works quickly
  • Effective for whitening
  • Alcohol-free
  • Antibacterial and freshens breath

CONS

  • May irritate gums
  • Unpleasant aftertaste
  • Minor results- best used in combination with other Crest whitening products

4. Smilebriter Teeth Whitening Gel Pens

smilebriter-tooth-whitening-pens

One of the quickest and most efficient ways to whiten your teeth on this list, Smilebriter Teeth. Whitening Gel Pens are lightweight, easy to use, and great for those who are often on-the-go.

To use, all you need to do is twist the bottom of the pen to release the whitening gel and apply to your teeth. This takes less than a minute, and there’s no additional wait time. You can whiten your teeth anywhere. The formula is meant to both remove stains and whitens teeth, without leaving an unpleasant aftertaste.

You should apply the product to your teeth once daily, every day until you have achieved your desired result. Then, use the product every few days for maintenance.

PROS

  • Quick and easy application
  • Whitens
  • No mess
  • Simple and portable

CONS

  • Pens break easily
  • Relatively liquid- Gel tends to run

5. Ultradent Opalescence Teeth Whitening Syringes

ultradent-opalescence-teeth-whitening-syringes

Ultradent Opalescence Teeth Whitening Syringes are an exceptional option for long term whitening and long term use.

You’ll need to already have dental trays, or buy some to use this product. Not to worry, however, because dental trays for whitening are inexpensive, and you find them both online and in drug stores.

All you need to do to benefit from the whitening gel is to line your dental trays with the product and leave them in for the recommended 30 minutes. The solution is made with a concentration of 35% opalescence, which works to whiten your smile.

This product is extremely affordable, mint flavored and is safe for use of composite teeth, veneers, and crowns as well.

PROS

  • Cost-effective
  • Good whitening results
  • Professional-grade product

CONS

  • Vague instructions
  • Complicated to use- time-consuming
  • Not recommended for those with sensitive gums

6. Shine Whitening Teeth Whitening Kit

shine-whitening-teeth-kit

An all-in-one kit, the Shine Teeth Whitening Kit is excellent for multi-method, multi-dimensional whitening. The kit comes with a whitening solution in individual syringes, dental trays, and a LED whitening accelerator.

To use the kit, all you need to do is apply the solution to the dental trays, and adjust them against your upper and lower teeth. You should use the solution for 5 to 15 minutes a day, and rinse afterward. The treatment can also be enhanced with the LED whitening enhancer.

The system should be used daily only in short term use, but maintained with touch-ups every few weeks. The system is professional grade and helps to remove both old and new stains.

PROS

  • Dual whitening methods- whitening gel and LED whitening light enhancer
  • All in one kit- trays and whitening kit
  • Good results

CONS

  • Unpleasant taste/Messy application
  • Burns gums- causes discomfort, keep away from gums

7. inVitamin Natural Whitening Tooth & Gum Charcoal Powder

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Organic and natural whitening alternatives are not only good for you, but they’re also good for the environment.

inVitamin Natural Whitening Tooth & Gum Charcoal Powder is excellent because it’s made with natural, organic, cruelty-free ingredients and comes in a jar with enough product for 4 to 5 months.

The charcoal works to scrub teeth, and the charcoal helps to remove both old and new stains from teeth. This formula is all-natural and safe for use with most users. Also, the product comes in a variety of flavors including orange, peppermint, spearmint, and cinnamon mint.

PROS

  • Good for everyday use, long term- helps you to regularly maintain a whiter smile
  • All-natural and organic- good for you and the environment
  • Non-abrasive
  • Contains fluoride- Good for protecting teeth from cavities

CONS

  • Messy application
  • Works better for stain removal than whitening
  • Very sweet
  • Takes a while to work- takes a few weeks to see results

8. Dr. Song Home Professional Teeth Whitening Kit

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Another all in one kit, the Dr. Song Home Professional Teeth Whitening Kit is excellent if you need a whitening system that costs less, and will leave you with exceptional results.

The kit comes with 8 syringes, enough for 25 applications. Also, the kit includes a LED light whitener, a brush applicator, and a dental tray.

To use, all you need to do is apply the gel to the dental trays and leave the trays in for the recommended amount of time as indicated by the product instructions.

You can also use the LED to enhance the whitening process. The whitening properties of this product are caused by the 35% peroxide that’s found in the whitening gel.

PROS

  • All-in-one kit- includes LED light, whitening gel, applicator brush, and dental trays
  • Provides quick results
  • Great whitening

CONS

  • Not ideal for sensitive users
  • Takes time to work
  • Cumbersome- could be better for ease-of-use

9. AuraGlow Teeth Whitening Accelerator LED Light

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LED light has been proven to help enhance teeth whitening, especially when used in combination with whitening gel.

The AuraGlow Teeth Whitening Accelerator LED Light 5 LED bulbs for brighter whitening. The device has a built-in timer for ease-of-use, and should only be used for a few minutes each day. The device is safe for use and can run for over 48 hours of continuous use.

To use, all you need to do turn the device on and insert into your mouth, against your teeth. The product is most effective when used with whitening gel, whitening strips, or even charcoal-based products.

PROS

  • Mess-free- not messy to use
  • Multiple uses- over 48 hours of continuous use
  • Effective

CONS

  • Breakable- breaks easily
  • Uncomfortable to use
  • Not effective when used without another whitening product- should be used in combination with whitening gel, whitening strips, or charcoal

10. Smart Ash Organic All Natural Tooth Whitening Charcoal Powder

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Charcoal works to whiten teeth in a natural way.

It’s also a natural gentle abrasive agent that scrubs teeth, cleaning them of plaque and food particles.

This product is great for most users, as it is non-GMO, vegan, fluoride free, peroxide free, surfactant free, no artificial dyes. Also, the product contains 100% mint extract to eliminate bad breath and act as soothing agent for sore gums.

This product should be used for two minutes a day, and can be used in place of your regular toothpaste!

PROS

  • Good for everyone- no GMOs, vegan, peroxide free, sulfate free, no artificial dyes.
  • Whitens well
  • Kills bacteria and freshens breath

CONS

  • Messy
  • Feel strange to use- slight discomfort
  • Not ideal for sensitive users or those with gum issues