Why Do We Use Toothpaste? | Richmond Hill Dentist

We know the importance of looking after our teeth, which includes brushing and flossing them twice a day. But why do we use toothpaste? Toothpaste cleans the teeth, protects them against tooth decay, and keeps them looking healthy and attractive, while ensuring your breath is nice and fresh as well. Dentists recommend that you use toothpaste, especially fluoride toothpaste as this not only cleans your teeth but protects them as well. Brushing the teeth with toothpaste, flossing and using a mouthwash are all essential parts of a daily dental hygiene routine that will result in healthy and great looking teeth.  

Brushing with toothpaste is important for several reasons:

  • Toothpaste and a correct brushing action work to remove plaque, a sticky, harmful film of bacteria that grows on your teeth that causes cavities, gum disease and eventual tooth loss if not controlled.
  • It contains fluoride, which makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes remineralization, which aids in repairing early decay before the damage can even be seen.
  • Special ingredients in toothpaste help to clean and polish the teeth and remove stains over time.
  • Toothpastes help freshen breath and leave your mouth with a clean feeling.  

Contrary to what toothpaste commercials show, you don’t need a heaping amount of toothpaste for effective cleaning. Simply squeeze a pea-sized dab of paste on the top half of your brush. If you brush correctly, holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush for at least two minutes, the paste should foam enough to cover all of your teeth. Children under age 6, however, should be given a very small, baby pea-sized dab of toothpaste on their brush to prevent swallowing.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your toothpaste choice, contact Dr. Tayefi, DDS at (905) 237-7842 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.artdentfamilydentistry.com for additional information.

Dr. Elham Tayefi proudly serves Ontario and all surrounding areas.

Home Treatment Options for a Brighter Smile | Richmond Hill Dentist

If you ask most people what they consider a great smile, chances are they will say bright white teeth. But oftentimes, our diets and lifestyle choices can hinder your teeth being their pearliest. You can brush and floss every day, but your teeth may not keep its natural sheen. You can make appointments with your dental professional to have teeth whitening sessions, but that can get pricey. So, how do you keep your teeth white in between dental visits? Here is a breakdown of some ways you can do at home:

Whitening products sold over the counter in the form of strips, trays, or paste work by using the oxidizing agents to remove pigment on the surface of the enamel. The products are effective at removing surface stains but should be used in moderation. Overuse of the oxidizing agents can cause both gum and tooth sensitivity, and overuse may even leave some of your teeth looking translucent.

Now for the natural methods. Believe it or not, there are some foods that can actually help whiten our teeth while keeping us healthy. There is the tried-and-true hydrogen peroxide and baking soda paste, but did you know that strawberries and bananas can produce similar results? Strawberries contain malic acid, and malic acid is fantastic at breaking down teeth stains. A couple berries and some baking soda is a great, and fruity, version of the peroxide version. Rubbing a banana peel over your teeth like a toothbrush will also shine up your smile. The minerals in a banana, like potassium, will absorb into your teeth and brighten it in a very healthy way.

So, as you can see, there is hope for our dingy grins. It just depends on the way you’d like to pursue it.

If you have questions or concerns regarding gum disease and diabetes, contact Dr. Elham Tayefi, DDS at (905) 237-7842 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.artdentfamilydentistry.com for additional information.

Dr. Tayefi proudly serves Richmond Hill and all surrounding areas.

Avoiding the Stains | Richmond Hill Dentist

Let’s face it – we all love having a gleaming white smile. The kind that brightens up a room when we walk in. Nothing can put a smile on our faces more than a pretty set of chompers. So, we buy special toothpastes, eat healthy foods and take regular trips to the dentist for the professionals to handle things. Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that brightens your smile, but once you leave, how do you keep it up? Unfortunately, a freshly whitened grin can be ruined by one false move during the early stages of the whitening. Here is a list of the more common foods and beverages that will cause your teeth to look dingy. Make sure you avoid these as much as possible to keep your whitened teeth just that:

  • Black coffee or tea
  • Wine
  • Sports drinks or colas
  • Berries
  • Sauces
  • Juices
  • Pickles and ketchup
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Candy
  • Beets
  • Curry
  • Popsicles

Because many of these foods are high in acidity, consuming them after having a tooth whitening procedure may catalyze a discoloration effect on your teeth sooner than you’d like. Staining your teeth is a quick process, promoted by the foods in your diet. Foods that are dark should be kept to a minimum. If you do consume them, rinse with water or give your teeth a quick scrub with a toothbrush or some gum. Avoid staining your teeth after a tooth whitening procedure and be sure to take the necessary precautions to maintain a white smile. The longer you continue to keep your teeth white, the less often you need to worry about visiting the dentist.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your teeth stains, contact Dr. Elham Tayefi, DDS at (905) 237-7842 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.artdentfamilydentistry.com for additional information.

Dr. Elham Tayefi proudly serves Richmond Hill and all surrounding areas.

What Is the Best Way to Get Whiter Teeth? | Richmond Hill Dentist

If you ask most people what they consider a great smile, chances are they will say bright white teeth. But oftentimes, our diets and lifestyle choices can hinder your teeth being their pearliest. You can brush & floss every day, but your teeth may not keep its natural sheen. You can make appointments with your dental professional to have teeth whitening sessions, but that can get pricey. So how do you keep your teeth white in between dental visits? Here is a breakdown of some ways you can do at home:

Whitening products sold over the counter in the form of strips, trays, or paste work by using the oxidizing agents to remove pigment on the surface of the enamel. The products are effective at removing surface stains but should be used in moderation. Overuse of the oxidizing agents can cause both gum and tooth sensitivity, and continued overuse may even leave some of your teeth looking translucent.

So, what about natural ways? There are some foods that can actually help whiten our teeth while keeping us healthy. Of course, you can always make your own hydrogen peroxide and baking soda paste, but did you know that strawberries and bananas can produce similar results? Strawberries contain malic acid, and malic acid is fantastic at breaking down teeth stains. A couple berries and some baking soda is a great, and fruity, version of the peroxide version. Rubbing a banana peel over your teeth like a toothbrush will also shine up your smile. The minerals in a banana, like potassium, will absorb into your teeth and brighten it in a very healthy way.

If you have questions or concerns regarding teeth whitening, contact Dr. Elham Tayefi, DDS at (905) 237-7842 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.artdentfamilydentistry.com for additional information.

Dr. Elham Tayefi proudly serves Ontario and all surrounding areas.