Preventing Tooth Whitening Loss

Although the natural color of teeth is not the bright white we often envy, there are still steps we can take to help prevent further tooth whitening loss. As people age, teeth can darken as enamel cracks and erodes absorbing color from the foods and drinks we consume. Plaque and tartar buildup can also create a prime surface for tooth stains. Maintaining healthy white teeth can be done by way of several simple everyday tips as well as with professional teeth whitening.

Foutz Family Dentistry understands the impact a bright and beautiful smile can make on the self-esteem and confidence of a person. We offer several teeth whitening procedures to help you get the stunning smile you desire and also offer you several at home tips to help you maintain the whiteness of your teeth.

Preventing Tooth Stains

 Tooth stains can be prevented through several home remedies in addition to professional dental procedures.

-Maintain Regular Dental Cleanings:

Professional dental cleanings and routine checkups are the best way for people of all ages to maintain both the health and appearance of their teeth. Dental cleanings are the most effective way to remove the plaque and tartar buildup that regular brushing and flossing often miss. Through dental cleanings you can be sure that your teeth are truly clean helping to prevent a surface enamel that stains can easily latch on to.

– Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Practices

 Following consistent oral hygiene practices such as regular brushing and flossing can make a significant difference in preventing tooth whitening loss. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antiseptic mouthwash consistently will work to kill the bacteria that leads to plaque and facilitates staining.

-Avoid Consumption Of Tooth Staining Beverages

Beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine, acidic juices, and dark sodas are known culprits for stained teeth. If you still choose to consume these drinks, you may consider using a straw to help limit the exposure to your teeth.

-Munch On Whitening Foods

Certain crunchy foods such as apples, celery and carrots can act as natural scrubbers to help remove stains. The effect may only be slight, but the acidic nature along with their rough flesh can aid in cleaning and even brightening teeth

-Brush After Consuming Tooth Staining Drinks Or Foods

By brushing your teeth or at a minimum rinsing your mouth out after you have consumed stain-causing drinks or foods, you can make a significant impact on preventing whitening loss.

-Treat Heartburn

The acid that result from heartburn, or acid reflux, can also cause damage to the color and enamel of your teeth. By treating heartburn, you not only help yourself feel better, but you also help to improve the condition of your teeth.

-Consider Professional Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening procedures performed by a trusted dentist are designed to whiten teeth quickly, safely and comfortably. Through professional tooth whitening you can often achieve teeth that are up to five shades whiter.

Henderson Teeth Whitening

At Foutz Family Dentistry we feature Opalescence Boost PF Tooth Whitening procedures. Under the supervision of Dr. Barton H. Foutz, the Opalescence Boost PF Whitening process will deliver proven results without causing damage to teeth or gums.

Foutz Family Dentistry offers whitening procedures that can be performed in-office or at-home, or even a combination of both options. For more information on one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures offered, contact us today at (702) 792-5929.

Dr. Barton H. Foutz, DDS
2510 Wigwam Parkway Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 792-5929

 

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DIY Teeth Whitening: Why It Does More Harm Than Good

According to the Internet, you can find an at-home, DIY solution to just about every problem. People use these remedies for beautiful skin, improved health, and even whiter teeth.

But what many people don’t know is that DIY teeth whitening can actually do more harm than good.

Why You Should Avoid These 3 DIY Teeth Whitening Remedies

These are three of the most popular DIY whitening remedies.

1. Baking Soda and Other Scrubs

Baking soda can actually brighten the teeth up quite a bit. The problem, though, is that it is very abrasive. The abrasive powder scrubs off surface stains. Other scrubs, like activated charcoal, work the same way.

The issue with these scrubs is that the abrasiveness can damage tooth enamel. Over time, the use of these scrubs thins enamel and causes sensitivity.

2. Spices Like Turmeric

Some people use spices – turmeric especially – to whiten their teeth. Though using a spice that stains the skin seems counterintuitive, many people swear by it.

Turmeric is an astringent and abrasive, which is why it can sometimes brighten teeth. However, both the astringent and abrasive qualities can damage the enamel.

3. Over-the-Counter Whitening Products

The over-the-counter whitening industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. Every year, people try whitening toothpastes, strips, trays, and paint-on bleach.

The problem with these products is that they often don’t work very well, especially for people who want quick results. Another problem is that many of them burn the gums and make the teeth extremely sensitive.

Professional Teeth Whitening: The Safest Way to Whiten Your Teeth

Barton H. FoutzLearning that at-home treatments aren’t very safe or effective can be discouraging. Thankfully, you can obtain beautiful results from my individualized bleaching treatment plans. When patients see me for bleaching, they can try prescription bleach with custom bleach trays that they use at home. Or, they can opt for in-office bleaching. Whatever choice they make, they can be sure that professional bleaching offers the safest, most effective solution for teeth whitening.

If you’re ready for a safe, fast, and effective way to whiten your teeth, give me a call. We’ll get you scheduled for a consultation to discuss which of my bleaching options are best for you.

 

Dr. Barton H. Foutz, DDS
2510 Wigwam Parkway Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 792-5929

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4 Dangers of Home Teeth Whitening

We all want beautiful, brilliantly-white teeth. They make us look great and feel confident, which is exactly why so many people invest in teeth whitening systems.

According to NBC News, in just one year,consumers spent over $1.4 billion on over-the-counter bleaching systems.

With so many people investing in these products, they must be a good idea, right?

4 Reasons to Avoid Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Systems

There are at least four reasons to avoid store-bought bleaching systems.

1. Gum Sensitivity

Store-bought bleaching systems don’t provide you with a safe way to apply the bleach, like custom-fit bleach trays. With a bulky tray, the bleach nearly always ends up oozing onto the gum tissue. If it’s not removed, the gums can get burned.

2. Tooth Sensitivity

Many people think they can wear the trays for hours at a time, and for many days in a row. The result is often major sensitivity.

3. Increased Chance of Progressive Decay

People often start bleaching without having a dental examination first. If this is the case, they may not be aware of dental issues that they may have, like dental decay. Bleaching while you have decay could lead to increased sensitivity and even causing the decay to progress faster.

4. Oral Infections

Constantly burning the soft tissues of the mouth with dental bleach has the potential to lead to serious infections. You can prevent this by coming into our office for a professional and safe application of the bleach.

When you get your teeth bleached in our office, you will receive:

The Safest Whitening Solution: Contact Your Dentist If You Want Whiter Teeth

Barton H. FoutzAs dental professionals, we know which teeth whitening products are the best and the safest. These are the products we use in our office. And they’re used only after extensive research and training. If you want a beautiful white smile, don’t try to do it alone. Team up with your professional dental team for a beautiful, healthy smile.

Contact us for more information about our professional teeth whitening system. It’s the safest, most effective way to get a brilliantly white smile.

 

Dr. Barton H. Foutz, DDS
2510 Wigwam Parkway Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 792-5929

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Ezbond A. Foutz, D.D.S.
4 Generations of Dentists Spanning 3 Centuries
1st Generation:

Great Grandfather

Dr. Ezbond A. Foutz
Harold B. Foutz, D.D.S.
4 Generations of Dentists Spanning 3 Centuries
2nd Generation:

Grandfather

Dr. Harold B. Foutz
Lawrence C. Foutz, D.D.S.
4 Generations of Dentists Spanning 3 Centuries
3rd Generation:

Father

Dr. Lawrence C. Foutz
Barton H. Foutz, D.D.S.
4 Generations of Dentists Spanning 3 Centuries
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Dr. Barton H. Foutz