Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Advantages of regular fillings VS ceramic fillings

Regular fillings or Amalgam is made up of silver, zinc, tin, copper and Mercury while ceramic fillings or composite resin is a mixture of fine glass and plastic. Many are cautious of Amalgam because of its Mercury content and are afraid of Mercury poisoning. Though Amalgam contains Mercury, the exposure we get from having an Amalgam filling is as little as what we get exposed of in our environment.

Regular fillings or Amalgam fillings is the least expensive of the different types of dental fillings available and they are relatively stronger compared to ceramic fillings. Because of its strength, this regular filling is used for the back teeth that we use for chewing. It can last 2 years more than ceramic fillings. Ceramic fillings also shrink and can cause further cavities and they stain easily too.

Amalgam is the most common fillings used for the back teeth only. They don’t match your teeth unlike ceramic fillings which is why using them on your front teeth is not advisable. If you wish to get an amalgam filling, it usually takes only 1 day for the dentist to finish it for you so you don’t need to use temporary filling while the real one is being completed.


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Zoom! Teeth whitening system

Do you suffer from teeth discoloration? There are many products being sold in the market today but not many of them actually works. Coffee and cigarette stains are the most common and everybody hates having discolored teeth. Smiling with yellowish or grayish teeth is just too embarrassing. If you are really serious about having your teeth whitened, the best way to do it is to go to a reliable dentist and ask for Zoom! teeth whitening. It works like magic. Many have tried it and attest that it is the most effective way to whiten teeth.

How does the Zoom! teeth whitening system work? By applying of the Zoom! Whitening gel under the Zoom! Light, the stains and other discolorations break up and you are left with clean and white teeth.

The Zoom! teeth whitening gel is applied to your teeth after the dentist covers your gums and lips so only your teeth are exposed. After application under the Zoom! Light, the magic of teeth whitening starts to work and in just 15 minutes, you’ll see significant difference. For 3 treatments of 15 minutes each, you can have really beautiful white teeth that you just can’t stop smiling and showing off to your friends.


Monday, July 14, 2008

Is flossing important to keep a beautiful smile?

It is recommended that you floss at least once a day. Regular brushing can’t completely remove the food residuals in between our teeth which is why making flossing as a regular habit can definitely ward off tooth decay. Brushing is a great start to ward off those ugly cavities, but it is not enough prevention.
It is important to keep your teeth clean so you could keep your beautiful smile. Brush after every meal and floss at least once a day. If you can only floss once a day, make sure to do it at night so you could sleep without the food residuals rotting in between your teeth. You may notice that tooth decay starts in between the teeth. This is because of these food residuals that stay there even after brushing. As hours pass, these residuals break down and turn into acids that rot the teeth.

It is also recommended to use a mouthwash. Brushing can clean teeth but can not eliminate all the germs living inside your mouth. So, the best way to keep your beautiful smile is to use a mouthwash then brush your teeth and floss at least once a day.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

How to brush your teeth after whitening

We’re all born with white teeth, but because we don’t maintain its whiteness, they end up discolored. Discolorations are caused by several factors such as smoking and drinking coffee. As young kids, as long as we brush our teeth regularly, our teeth stay white. So, with the same principle, adults can maintain their white teeth the same way.

For people with discolored teeth, it is best to undergo teeth whitening. Maintaining your newly whitened teeth is not difficult but it does need discipline. You need to brush your teeth after every meal and using a whitening toothpaste can also help in maintaining the whiteness of your teeth. Make sure you brush your teeth after meal and not a few hours later. The effectiveness of brushing also depends on the length of time you leave your teeth stained by the foods you consume. If you wait for a couple of hours before brushing, your teeth had already been soaked with discoloring chemicals found on your food and if you keep up with this, you may still end up with the same discolored teeth you started out with. Also, use a mouthwash when you can so you would kill 99.9% of bacteria living in your mouth.