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May 30, 2017
2 months ago

Caffeine lovers that are avid coffee drinkers are well aware of how it contributes to stained teeth. Since the coffee is acidic it does not only stain, but it also is weakens the tooth enamel, making the teeth more prone to staining and cavities.

Here are a few tips that we have to help you reduce the staining from coffee as well as decrease the damage being done to the enamel on your teeth:

Drink Your Coffee, Don’t Sip it!blue-eyed-woman-drinking-coffee

It is proven that the longer you take to sip your coffee, the more likely you are to have staining. If you are drinking the coffee slowly then the teeth are constantly being exposed to its acidity. This damages the enamel more and allows the stains to penetrate more deeply and darken the teeth.

By drinking your coffee quickly you can protect your teeth from coffee stains significantly.

Use an Electric Tooth Brush

Using an electric toothbrush is better than a manual one for decreasing surface stains. A great example of an imgreselectric toothbrush that works well is the Sonicare toothbrush. Ask your dentist for help if you are unsure which to purchase and they will guide you and prevent stained teeth.

Toothpaste with Fluoride and Baking Soda

Dr. Meier recommends using Arm and Hammer Advanced Whitening toothpaste as the best toothpaste for removing surface stains from the teeth. The baking soda acts like an exfoliator on the teeth and the fluoride helps protect the enamel from harmful bacteria.

Do not Brush Your Teeth Right Away

If you do not want the coffee to stain your teeth then you should not brush right after your coffee. Since the coffee is acidic it will weaken the enamel. If you then go and brush the enamel this scrubbing action will help the staining coffee particles further infiltrate the teeth and cause stains. Wait at least thirty minutes after your coffee before you brush your teeth.

Drink Water After Coffee

Right after your cup of coffee make sure to drink some plain water. This will rinse the teeth off as well as help to buffer the acidity of the coffee in your saliva.images

Drink Coffee Through a Straw

By drinking the coffee through a straw you can completely bypass the teeth. Of course for hot coffee this is less appealing than iced coffee, but it really does help avoid stained teeth.

Use Whitening Trays from Your Dentist

If you want to have white teeth then regular teeth whitening at home really helps. Your dentist can make you custom whitening trays and review instructions on how to bleach your teeth without causing pain, sensitivity, or damage to your teeth. Once you have the custom trays it is a good idea to use them regularly after your dental cleaning to really keep the color bright.

These changes can help protect your teeth from coffee stains.

Ask your dentist and dental hygienist about custom whitening at your next appointment or call us today to schedule a free consultation to help you achieve a brighter, whiter smile.

We look forward to meeting you!

January 9, 2017
7 months ago

Do-It-Yourself, “DIY”, is all the craze nowadays. Most folks are trying things they never would have dreamed about in efforts to save money. There are a multitude of different remedies at home in order to whiten their teeth that have been shared both via word of mouth and onimgres the internet. While some of these may be effective, many can be dangerous.

These methods range from homespun mouthwashes, to make-your-own toothpastes, to ordering different concoctions online, and more. We have heard just about it all. While some of the home remedies may offer a quick result, there can be lasting damage that can cause major problems for patients.

Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier always relay to their patients that before they try anything they have read on the internet or heard from a friend, they need to make sure to consult a dental professional.

In office whitening treatment, ZOOM! Whitening, is the fastest way to whiten the teeth and get the best results in only an hour and a half. Our office also makes custom bleach trays for patients which take a little lophilips-zoom-teeth-whiteningnger, roughly 10-14 days, however patients achieve great results.

There are times in which a patient’s teeth have stains that are so deep into the tooth structure that they cannot be improved with professional whitening. In these cases the dentist does something called a “porcelain veneer” where a contact-lens thin cover is permanently cemented onto the teeth in order to cover the stains and whiten the teeth.

To learn more about the dental treatments available to best benefit your smile, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier, please contact our office today.

September 19, 2016
10 months ago

 Have you even been in the dental aisle at the drug store and completely overwhelmed by all of the different choices of toothpaste there are? It can be tricky knowing which toothpaste is People at the gymthe best for your health when there are so many options!

This article will help you navigate the dental aisle more easily in order to make the best decision possible. Here are 9 tips for picking the best toothpaste for you: (more…)

June 3, 2016
1 year ago

Top 10 Reasons for Tooth Sensitivity

sensitivityDo you have sensitive teeth? If you have something hot, cold, sour or sweet does it cause discomfort or even pain? (more…)

March 23, 2016
1 year ago

8 Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

bigsmilePatients often come into the office looking for the best way to whiten their teeth. Surprisingly, the solution to whiten is not always the same for each patient! There are several different methods for whitening the teeth. Detailed below are 8 different options that may be the right solution for you to achieve a brighter, whiter smile (more…)

December 31, 2015
2 years ago

We dentists often get asked “DO I REALLY NEED TO SEE A DENTIST?”

YES.  There are reasons that you may or may not know:

Avoid Major Dental Work

With regular checkups, we dentists can spot early signs of decay at a stage when the damage can sometimes be reversed, which means you’ll avoid the dreaded drill. The tooth enamel gets broken down over time.  We dentists can detect it early and take steps to reverse that process with various fluoride products, so your tooth will go back to normal and you’ll avoid a cavity. You could end up saving time and money.

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June 23, 2015
2 years ago

Online dating tinder smileWhether you’re dating online, or “dating” a different way with apps like Tinder, your photos matter. In the case of Tinder, they’re all that matters since people decide whether or not they’re interested in you based solely on photo alone. Maybe you’re not especially photogenic, but you’re going to post your most flattering shots of yourself whether the camera loves you or not. The question is: Will your teeth be making an appearance in these featured images, or will you be trying to hide something behind a close-mouthed smile or serious expression?  (more…)

June 12, 2015
2 years ago

Teeth whiteningDo over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments work? Indeed they can and often do. Are the results long-lasting? Not always. And there are many negative side effects that can have you running to your dentist anyway for treatment, repair, or pain management. If you’re aching for a whiter smile, it’s time to consider all your options, and understand the risks of attempting to do it yourself.  (more…)

May 19, 2015
2 years ago

College graduate smile makeoverCollege graduates leave their university with diploma in hand and, ideally, a job too. For those who aren’t gainfully employed, there’s one more thing you can add to your resume besides a degree that will give you a boost in every face-to-face interview or networking event: a smile makeover. (more…)

February 24, 2015
2 years ago

Smile Makeover for Your WeddingValentine’s Day has passed, but the dawn of that holiday undoubtedly brought with it a fair share of marriage proposals. Some people will spend a year or more planning their nuptials. Others will be ready to tie the knot this summer. Either way, one of the most important things on your to-do list should be a smile makeover. And if you are getting married sooner rather than later, there is still plenty of time to renew your smile. (more…)

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