Oscars and Teeth Whitening.Watching the Oscars and the actors and actresses on the red carpet is an American pastime that goes back more than half a century. One thing hasn’t changed; the glamour and pageantry involved in seeing your favorite actors and actresses interacting like real people; real people with really expensive clothes and very white teeth.

Teeth whitening is part of our modern culture and something that is readily available to men an women from every walk of life. Over the counter whitening tooth pastes have flooded the market in recent years. So much so that it is nearly impossible to buy a tube at the store without seeing what sort of whitening effect is has on the package.  And it’s not just marketing that has changed; the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that the number of teeth whitening and bleaching procedures being done in the U.S. has increased more than 300% since 2005.

Home kits have seen an increase in use as well opening up a huge cosmetic market that had previously lain dormant. Most of these products are peroxide based so expect them to not taste very good, however some will have a minty flavor to them to help offset the acrid flavor of the hydrogen peroxide. The issue with using these products comes from not following direction or understanding that not all tooth enamel is the same or has the same density.

Using at home products to maintain your sparkly smile without professional supervision or without consulting a dentist could actually damage your enamel and cause your teeth to blacken. Many dentists in Columbia can help you decide which at home or in office treatment should be used.

Regardless of whether you try in office visits or at home kits, a good cleaning from a trained dental hygienist will always be needed. Not only do they rid you of hardened plaque that has accumulated. No matter how form fitting the dental tray is that comes in the kit, you will not be able to rid your teeth of build up without the help of a professional. Additionally, regular cleaning helps insure that cavities will be spotted before they can become painful or expensive to fix. Think of your hygienist as preventive maintenance or a dental insurance policy. Even the stars that grace the Oscars have a regular hygienist and professional dentist perform their whitening for them. Unlike the clothes, cars and jewelry a white smile is something everyone can afford.

Maintaining your dental health helps boost your immune system by reducing virus-spreading bacteria in your mouth. Teeth cleanings also help prevent gum disease, which can lower your ability to fight other infections & increase your risk for respiratory disease.

Call today for your immune-boosting cleaning!


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