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5 Ways to Naturally Whiten your Teeth - Today’s guest blog is by the Law Office of Ralph C. Petty. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Solaris Dentistry.

5 Ways to Naturally Whiten your Teeth


Dirty or discolored teeth are a tremendous blow to a person’s confidence and self-esteem. The buildup of plaque and bacteria can make your teeth appear yellow and different kinds of food may cause staining as well. Dental technology offers a range of effective treatments to restore your pearly whites. However, many people refrain from visiting a dentist due to a lack of medical insurance or maybe they fear medical malpractice. Fortunately, a few home remedies are known to combat tooth decay and whiten your teeth over time. These natural antinodes may not show immediate results, but they are certainly worth a try. For the best results, you should make an appointment for a cleaning with Solaris Dentistry.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a widely available product that is an active ingredient in many commercial kinds of toothpaste. Its alkalinity prohibits bacterial growth and the mild abrasive properties scrub away the impurities that stick to the enamel. Toothpaste that contains a higher percentage of baking soda is proven to remove plaque more effectively, so you can start using one of them. Another option is to mix some water with raw baking soda and rub it over your teeth every day.

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient remedy that involved swishing sesame or sunflower oil around the mouth to improve oral hygiene. Today, coconut oil is a popular choice, given its range of health benefits and healing properties. Oil pulling with one tablespoon of coconut oil per day kills bacteria and reduces inflammation caused by personal injuries.  

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide is a common ingredient in several oral hygiene products, such as mouthwash. It is a natural bleaching agent and disinfectant, which makes it ideal for removing bacteria and whitening teeth. However, concentrated hydrogen peroxide is corrosive in nature and can be harmful to your health. The solution for rinsing your mouth must contain only 1 to 2% hydrogen peroxide. Most commercial mouthwash solutions contain 3% peroxide, so it is advised to dilute your daily quantity by half.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is another natural substance with brilliant antibacterial and cleansing properties. As it is acidic, we must use it in very small amounts. Overuse of vinegar can promote corrosion or soften the teeth. You must dilute it by adding one tablespoon to half cup of water. Swish it around your mouth for several seconds, not more than once or twice a week.

Fruit Peels

The outer skin of several fruits contains citric acid or D-limonene; both compounds can help whiten your teeth. Gently rub the inner side of the peel of a banana or orange on your teeth for a few minutes and then thoroughly rinse with water.

There are several other ways to prevent or care for discolored teeth, but there is not enough scientific research to back their legitimacy. For example, activated charcoal is believed to eradicate stains, as it is highly absorbent. There are a few concerns regarding sensitive teeth and gums, as commercially available charcoal capsules have a rather coarse structure. Similarly, reducing the intake of foods that are rich in sugars or contain dyes shall also prevent staining. Smoking and other harmful/recalled drugs also contribute to grey or blackish teeth, so quit them while you can.

invisalign-dentistAs an Invisalign Dentist Chandler, AZ | Invisalign Clear Braces, we can give your teenager a smile they absolutely love. While we typically recommend this treatment for adults, it is an ideal solution for older teens who have all their permanent teeth. We have found that many older teens do not enjoy their smile but are uninterested in wearing traditional metal braces because of how they look. In this case, clear aligners are an ideal solution. There are many benefits to choosing this option, including:

They can eat what they want. When it comes to teenagers, picky eating is fairly common. With traditional braces, food can easily become stuck in between teeth, and things like their favorite sandwich may no longer be on the menu. This can make it difficult for them to find something they like to eat. Fortunately, with clear aligners, this is not a challenge your teen will have to deal with. The aligners are designed to be removed while eating, which means your teen can continue to eat all their favorite foods without restriction. This also means you will not need to worry about making them a separate meal from the rest of the family.

It is easy for them to brush their teeth. As an Invisalign® dentist, we are focused on improving the appearance of your teen's smile, but also on ensuring their teeth stay healthy. How well they brush their teeth is an important part of that. When wearing traditional braces, it is easy for food to become stuck in between the brackets and under the wires. Most people need to brush with special tools in order to keep their braces clean, and it is still easier to develop both cavities and stains than when teeth are free of metal. Again, since the aligners are supposed to come out, your teen can brush and floss like normal. As long as they do so every time they eat, their risk for developing cavities will not go up and their teeth should stay clean and healthy.

This is a flexible treatment. When you bring your teen to our Invisalign® dentist office, we can fit them with aligners and they can switch them out at home. Every two weeks or so, their current aligners will become loose, and they will need to put in the next set. It is that easy, and the number of appointments they need at our dental office will be reduced as a result. Simultaneously, the treatment is flexible enough to allow them to remove the aligners for special occasions like attending their prom or graduation ceremony. If they play sports, they can play without their aligners if they need to, and this type of flexibility is why so many teens prefer this orthodontics treatment.

If your teen has been asking you for Invisalign®, we encourage you to carefully consider this option and bring them to our dental office, so we can examine them and determine if this is the best solution for their smile.

Sedation DentistIf you have dental phobia, you should visit a sedation dentist. Dental phobia is a common problem that affects millions of people. When you are anxious about visiting the dentist, it can keep you from getting the proper dental care you need. If you are ready to stop feeling frightened every time the dentist comes up, or you just want a better experience when you do visit, continue reading to learn our top reasons why you should visit a sedation dentist.

1. You Have Dental Phobia

If you are terrified to visit the dentist, sedation dentistry can help. People with dental phobia feel anxious, unsettled, scared, and stressed when the thought of a dentist comes up. Many people with a dental phobia will avoid the dentist at all costs. Visiting our sedation dentist office will allow you to feel completely relaxed during your appointment. If you have a severe form of dental phobia, we can even put you to sleep during your visit. We can provide you with sedation techniques that allow you to calm down even before you arrive at our office, so you aren’t stressed thinking about the coming appointment.

2. You Have a Low Pain Threshold

If you are extra sensitive when you receive dental work, our sedation dentist office is a good place to visit. Being sedated during an appointment will allow you to feel completely pain-free the entire time. You won’t have to be worried about what might hurt during an appointment with us.

3. You Need to Have Several Cavities Filled

If you have discovered that you have more than one cavity that needs to be filled, and you are concerned about visiting the dentist for anything other than a cleaning, you should consider coming to our sedation dentistry. We can provide you with the proper sedation techniques for your needs that will allow you to relax when you are stuck in the dentist chair for a long time due to having several cavities filled. You won’t feel discomfort, and you will feel relaxed.

4. You Don’t Want More Visits in the Future

Staying on top of visiting the dentist every six months will allow you to avoid having to come in for treatments that could have been avoided to begin with. Our sedation dentistry will provide you with a calming atmosphere, so you can keep up with your yearly appointments without feeling the need to wanting to avoid visiting. Keeping up with the appointments will keep you away from the dentist when you shouldn’t have to be there. Having good dental health and oral hygiene will keep cavities and gum disease at bay, so you have less to worry about in the future.

These are a few of the popular reasons patients visit our sedation dentist office for the best dentist visit they have ever had. Many people never worry about visiting again after they experience one visit to our office. They know they do not need to fear dentist appointments any longer.

General Dentistry ServicesAs someone who provides general dentistry services, we know that one of the largest obstacles to people having the kind of oral health they should is fear. The idea of visiting a dentist and getting even general dental services causes many people a great deal of anxiety. This fear is widespread and common to virtually every country on earth. People are just plain scared of the dentist. In the US, studies have shown that between 9 percent and 20 percent of the population experiences severe panic when they have to undergo general dentistry services, and over 26 percent of the population will never visit a dentist unless they have a dental emergency. Despite knowing that the dentist can improve their quality of life, this segment of the population would prefer to stay away because they are dominated by their fears. Some folks are afraid of visiting us because it has been so long since they last had a checkup, and they are not sure what condition we will find their teeth in or what remedies might be in order to correct any defects.

Part of our general dentistry services is to help you overcome your fears.

All of those mentioned above are perfectly legitimate fears, which we deal with on a daily basis as the provider of general dentistry services. The reality is that most people are more afraid of the image they built up in their minds than of the actual dentist experience itself. The longer you stay away, the more likely you will build up the experience to be terrifying. With that being said, we believe there are three steps you can take to ease your fear of dentistry. First, you should take some time to learn about what we do. We can help with this. When a person understands what is going on and how safe it is, it becomes much harder to be afraid. Take some time to read up on a procedure, then ask your dentist about it. As highly trained professionals in general dentistry services, we can tell you what we are about to do in layman’s terms, show you the equipment, and do everything in our power to make you feel empowered and educated. Next, find out what you are afraid of. Knowing what makes you anxious is a great place to start a conversation with your dentist, who can work around it to make sure we do not feed into the fear itself. The great thing about knowing what you are afraid of specifically in the dentist office is that we can work with you to get around or through any fear you may have. As long as we both know what you are afraid of, we can pare down your fear to an isolated thing and then work on overcoming or working through it. Finally, the best way to overcome fear is to make sure you make it a regular practice to come in and get routine work done by your dentist. When you come in two times per year for standard examinations and teeth cleaning, facing the prospect of needing more intense work will no longer seem as scary.

Emergency CareIf you have a toothache and need emergency care, we are here to help. We understand that you cannot plan for when you will have a dental problem or when you might become uncomfortable. This is especially true when it comes to toothaches. Very often, we hear from patients who call after hours because they are suddenly dealing with discomfort. At times, this is caused by an accident; other times, it is due to cavities. Regardless, we can help when you need us the most.

Emergency Care Steps You Can Take

If you get a sudden toothache, there are steps you can take at home before giving us a call. There is a possibility you may have a piece of food stuck in between your teeth. If you have teeth that are crooked, the chance of this happening is increased. You can start by rinsing out your mouth, brushing your teeth, and flossing. If anything is stuck, this should remove it. However, we have treated plenty of patients with toothaches who do have something stuck and need us to get it out – something we are happy to do.

We also suggest taking ibuprofen and placing a cold compress on your face for fifteen minutes at a time. This will help to reduce any swelling you may have and also decrease the discomfort you are feeling.

You might also have a toothache because of a cavity. It is common to develop tooth decay, and if you do not have your teeth cleaned on a regular basis, the chance of this only increases. We recommend that you have your teeth cleaned twice a year so we can decrease the risk of you getting toothaches from a cavity. After all, preventing cavities is the best thing for your health. The good news is that cavities take time to develop, so if you receive ongoing dental care, there is a good chance we will catch the cavity before it causes you any discomfort.

If you do have a cavity, an infected tooth, gum disease, a damaged tooth, etc., we will schedule you for an immediate appointment. When you come in, we will conduct a physical examination and take x-rays to determine what is causing the problem. We will then numb the area that needs to be treated and provide you with an emergency treatment, so you can begin to feel better right away. If you have extensive damage, like a tooth that has fallen out, we can begin to address the problem by providing you with a temporary denture while you decide what you want the permanent solution to be.

If you need emergency care, you can call us at any time. While we are open during normal business hours, we can also help you outside of them. That is the benefit of having a local dentist on speed dial. You can get the help you need, exactly when you need it.