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Whiter Teeth from Every Angle: Your Garden Grove Dentists’ Advice for Whiter Smiles

Yellow teeth can be a huge blow to your confidence. They can also happen for a wide variety of reasons. Fortunately, our dentists in Garden Grove have helped countless patients improve the look of their smile. So today, we’ve compiled a variety of answers and resources that attack the problem of discolored teeth from every different angle.

Many patients deal with discolored teeth. But the truth of the matter is that there are a variety of solutions available to improve their look. Like any stain – understanding the source of the underlying discoloration is half the battle in getting rid of it. So hopefully some insights from our Garden Grove dental blog will provide you with the answers you’re looking for.

In What a Discolored Tooth Means – we go over many different factors that can influence the color of your teeth, including:

  • Excess fluoride
  • Damage
  • Medication
  • Your genetics
  • (and of course) Vices like tobacco and alcohol

In 4 Foods that Will Give You a Whiter Smile – we discuss what you should be eating if you’ve been partaking in a little too many of the foods or substances that contribute to dental staining. Just in case you haven’t been paying attention, those foods include things like black coffee, red wine, tea, and – of course – tobacco.

Speaking of tobacco, if you’re a smoker with complaints about discolored teeth. Stop right there. Your first step is the biggest step: stop smoking. Understanding what tobacco can do to your teeth is critical when it comes to truly improving your health.

So, what can you do for yellowing teeth?

If you’ve tried whitening foods, you’ve stopped smoking, quit black coffee, and are using a whitening toothpaste and feel your teeth aren’t white enough – you still have options. Like our dentists in Garden Grove, many dentists across the country offer in-office teeth whitening that is fast, effective, and inexpensive.

Are your teeth looking a little dull? If you’re in Southern California – our dentists can help. 

“How long is a temporary filling good for?” and other questions about fillings

Dental fillings are incredible things when you think of them. Every day, fillings remain one of the most common procedures our dentists perform in our Garden Grove dental office, and the funny thing is that they’re really quite simple.

Most frequently, dental filling are used to do exactly what they sound like

they’re supposed to do: fill a hole. Or more accurately for most patients, fill a cavity. More often than not, to treat a cavity your dentist will remove the decayed portion with special tools and then “fill” the empty hole left behind with a special material we now call a dental filling. But fillings are used for way more than just cavities – they’re also frequently used to help repair cracked or broken teeth that need to be fixed due to wear and tear like teeth grinding, nail biting, or straight-up abuse.  But patients tend to have a lot of questions about fillings, so today – our Anaheim area dentists want to answer some of them.

We’ll begin by answering a common question from some of our younger patients: “Do fillings actually ‘fill’ anything?” and the answer is YES! As described above, a dental filling fills a hole in your tooth. Whether it’s created by decay or damage – it’s as simple as that.

“What about temporary fillings? How long do they last for? Will I be okay for 3-4 weeks?”

Many of our patients have busy lives. We get it! So we understand the urgency when we hear a question about how long a temporary filling is good for – because everyone’s schedule is tough.

So here’s a scenario – one patient got a temporary filling but suddenly had to change his work schedule and won’t be able to have his follow-up appointment for more than a couple weeks. He wondered – will his temporary filling be okay? As always, the first answer to that question is to double check with your dentist. But in most cases – a patient like this should be fine. A temporary filling should typically last around 6 to 8 weeks. But you should always be sure to not put too much pressure on it. If possible, eat on the other side of your mouth if you can. Temporary fillings are not designed to withstand too much force.

Do you think you might have a cavity?

Even if you’ve never had a cavity before – we’re living in incredible times. Did you know your local dentists can fix a cavity more successfully than ever before? If you’re feeling the symptoms of a cavity, follow our advice in: How to Know When You Need to Get a Dental Filling. And if you live in Southern California – don’t hesitate to see us as soon as you can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t drink your way to a cavity!

You might be surprised but it’s not exactly hard to drink your way to a cavity if you’re not careful. Every day our dentists in Garden Grove meet patients of all ages with cavities. Many of them go on and on about how good their diet is without realizing that they’re drinking enough sugar to bake a cake.

But it’s not just sugar that you have to watch out for when it comes to keeping your thirst quenched (or letting loose on a weekend). Acid can often be an even bigger problem because of how it eats away at the enamel, slowly but surely making it less effective in doing its job of protecting them from decay.

Unfortunately, acid and sugar can be found in quite a few drinks. Our dentists in Garden grove recommend really keeping an eye on the ingredients because the combination of the two creates a perfect storm and almost guarantees a problem if you’re not careful. So, which drinks do you need to be careful of? Let’s take a look at the prime offenders.

The one to really be careful around

Fruit Juice: this is the one you really need to be careful of. Fruit juice has both a high amount of sugar and acid – making it a perfect storm for your teeth. After you drink fruit juice – especially citrus juice (because of the citric acid), try to rinse your mouth shortly after with water.

Soda: Similar to fruit juice, soda also has a high amount of acid and sugar. Try to limit it as much as possible, and if you can – drink from a straw (on top of that, sugar free is best).

Black coffee and tea: black coffee and tea should also be something you’re wary of. While lower in acid they can easily stain your teeth. Again – just a simple rinse with some water and regular brushing will help you avoid any serious staining or damage.

Bonus: A great drink for your teeth

Would you imagine that a vodka soda could actually be good for your teeth? That’s right. Not only will a vodka soda not stain your teeth, it will also actually kill some of the bacteria. Win / win!

 

Natural Ways to Prevent Cavities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone should want to prevent cavities – because the word “cavity” is nothing anyone wants to hear when they’re sitting in a dentist’s chair. In fact, the only thing a patient wants to hear less is the sound of a drill.

With this in mind, it only makes sense to want to prevent cavities as much as possible so that you won’t need the help of our dentists in Garden Grove to prevent any more serious dental issues.

So first, which foods should you avoid?

Naturally, it’s a smart idea to avoid processed sugar, because sugar activates plaque – which will generally eat away at the enamel of your teeth for 20 or 30 minutes after you’ve even. But it’s also important to make sure you limit phytic acid, which is an enzyme inhibitor and mineral blocker prevalent in beans, grains, nuts, and seeds. It’s important to minimize this because it prevents your body from absorbing minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc – all minerals your body uses to strengthen your teeth. Unfortunately, we can hardly expect patients to cut so many staple ingredients out of their diets. Fortunately for anyone that loves beans, bread, or grain (which is pretty much everyone), you cut down on phytic acids by fermenting (such as with sour dough bread) or sprouting the ingredients.

Foods you should get a lot of

Some of the best food to focus on for healthier teeth is the very same stuff you should gravitate towards if you’re trying to lose weight and stay healthy – green leafy vegetables that help mineralize your teeth. On top of this (for non-vegans), you can eat plenty of raw dairy, eggs, bone broth, and fish for healthier teeth.

There are some supplements you can take too…

Sometimes it can be tough to get everything your body needs. That’s why supplements can be a great addition to your diet (but you should always talk to your doctor before introducing anything new). For your teeth, the following supplements can help fight decay:

  • Vitamin D
  • Cod liver oil
  • Probiotics: streptococcus salivarius can be taken to help prevent the spread of bacteria that causes stinky breath, strep throat, and tooth decay.

Could your teeth use a helping hand? Our dentists in the Anaheim area have served countless patients of all ages. Looking for a great dentist near Garden Grove? Contact our team today.