If you have discoloured teeth and are considering teeth whitening treatment, you should consult your dentist first. A thorough oral examination is crucial to determine the cause of tooth discolouration and discuss the various options of treatment with the patient,” stresses the Singapore Dental Association. Whitening products can be administered at a dental clinic, prescribed by dentists for home-use, or purchased over-the-counter.
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If you want to get with the Dr. Apa program you need to first throw out the term ‘cosmetic dentistry.’ “Everybody says cosmetic dentistry, it makes me feel like it’s cheapened. Aesthetic dentistry is looking at the patient, figuring out what’s been going on over time and trying to give them the best possible smile in one shot,” he explains.
Ditch these bad habits to get stronger teeth and a better smile. (Photo: Getty Images) Taking care of your pearly whites isn’t rocket science, but it’s easy to slip into habits that could cause heartache—er, toothache—in the long run. We got the latest on giving your teeth the TLC they need from two New York City pros: Alice Lee, DDS, an assistant professor in the Department of Dentistry for Montefiore Health System, and Alison Newgard, DDS, an assistant professor of clinical dentistry at Columbia University College of Dentistry, will clue you in on where you could be going wrong. Multitasking while you brush Every minute in the morning feels precious, so it’s tempting to brush your teeth in the shower or while scrolling through your Twitter feed.
New York City-based periodontist Dr. Nicholas Toscano explains which items will hurt your smile—and maybe even your personal life. Dark Liquids—Duh! “Teeth absorb colored liquids—coffee, tea, cola, and wine—throughout your life causing intrinsic staining of the teeth, which is hard to remove,” says Toscano. “It neutralizes the acid in your stomach, which sends up some gastric juice reinforcements that belong nowhere near your tongue.” Brush after you drink it, get a cleaning every six months to prevent long-term damage, and avoid it before an important event. Onions and Garlic “Most of us know to steer clear of this bad breath duo, but it’s hard to do when it’s sometimes hidden as a flavor-enhancing ingredient,” says Dr. Toscano. “Raw onions are worse than cooked, with a lingering punch that is much harder to get rid of.” He says garlic will ward off more than just vampires, and is difficult to rinse away. Anything with Seeds “Poppy, strawberry and sesame seeds find lodging in every tooth cranny,” says Toscano.