Tooth Whitening – Is it for me?

Who doesn’t want a nice, white smile?  There are many products on the market to help improve your looks. While many people are pleased with the results the get from brushing twice daily, flossing between the teeth and regular visits to their dentist for cleanings, some are interested in a brighter smile.

As with any dental procedure, you should start by talking to your dentist and seeking their advise as to what would be best for you.  According to the American Dental Association’s website,

“Whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellowish hued teeth will probably bleach well, brownish-colored teeth may bleach less well, and grayish-hued teeth may not bleach well at all. Likewise, bleaching may not enhance your smile if you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth. The whitener will not affect the color of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you may want to investigate other options, like porcelain veneers or dental bonding.”

Tooth whitening falls under the category of cosmetic dentistry and Dr. Brogdon, a cosmetic dentist,  is highly qualified to perform cosmetic procedures that will benefit the appearance and health of your teeth.  Contact our office to see what we can do to help you have the dazzling smile you want.

Are you using the wrong toothbrush?

Does size matter when picking out your tootbrush?  Some people think you can buy just any old toothbrush on the market, but there are many different factors to consider when buying a toothbrush.  If you have to open your mouth too wide to get the toothbrush in then you are using a toothbrush that is too big for you.  Toothbrush sizes vary from compact to full head.  Some people may even prefer the youth or child sized brushes.

What about the bristles? Should you use hard, medium or soft?

According to the Oral-B Website:  “Most dentists recommend soft-bristled toothbrushes, and extra-soft bristled toothbrushes for anyone who has sensitive teeth or gums, or is recovering from a dental procedure. Some people simply prefer soft bristles. But many people who don’t have sensitive teeth or gums prefer firmer bristles because they believe them to be more effective for removing plaque and stains from the teeth, though that is not the case. Effective toothbrushing can be accomplished with soft and extra-soft bristles.”

At Brogdon Dental we feel that if you choose the toothbrush that feels right for you, then you will probably use it more often, leading to better oral care…and that’s what’s it all about.

So chose the toothbrush that’s most comfortable for you and use it every day!