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What You Need to Know About Tooth Whitening

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
A woman smiles with her chin on her hand

What you should consider before tooth whitening

Everyone likes to have a bright, white, and healthy smile. However, toothpaste alone is not always enough to guarantee a white smile. That is why many people look to many teeth whitening techniques to give their smile an extra boost. If you are considering tooth whitening, there are a few things to know before you choose your treatment.  (more…)

At Home vs In-Office Teeth Whitening

Friday, April 19th, 2019
Learn about the differences between at home and in-office teeth whitening.

Learn about the differences between at home and in-office teeth whitening.

Everyone’s teeth will darken as they age, and discoloration can be a result of your genetics, medication, or your diet. There is a variety of teeth whitening products you can try at home, or you can visit your dentist for professional in-office treatment. Continue reading to learn about the different methods of teeth whitening and which is best for you! (more…)

Does Tooth Whitening Toothpaste Really Work?

Friday, November 16th, 2018
Learn if tooth whitening toothpaste really works to remove stains from teeth.

Learn if tooth whitening toothpaste really works to remove stains from teeth.

Whitening toothpaste is good for removing surface stains caused by food and drinks, but it won’t change the natural color of your teeth. The toothpaste can’t lighten a stain that goes deeper than the tooth’s surface, so it may not provide the results you are looking for. Continue reading to learn more about tooth whitening toothpaste and other whitening treatments. (more…)

How To Prolong The Life Of Your Teeth Whitening Treatment

Friday, July 20th, 2018
Learn how to prolong the life of your teeth whitening treatment.

Learn how to prolong the life of your teeth whitening treatment.

If you choose to whiten your teeth with a whitening treatment, it’s important to continue to look after your teeth on a daily basis. A teeth whitening treatment is very beneficial for making your teeth look brighter and healthier, and can boost your confidence when you know you have a beautiful smile. However, you must put some work in to ensure your teeth remain white and healthy for the future! (more…)

What Are The Causes Of Yellow Teeth?

Thursday, March 29th, 2018
Learn about the causes of yellow teeth.

Learn about the causes of yellow teeth.

Having yellow stained teeth isn’t a serious dental condition, but many people try to remove stains to keep their teeth as white as possible. Yellow teeth are often caused people to be self-conscious, as they don’t feel confident showing off their teeth and smiling around others. Continue reading to learn a few common causes of why your teeth may be yellow. (more…)

How To Choose The Right Toothpaste

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Learn how to choose the right toothpaste!

Not all toothpaste is the same, so how do you know which toothpaste is the best for your teeth? There are more and more different types of toothpaste on the market, all claiming to do different things for your teeth with various formulas. Here’s a breakdown of each type of toothpaste, and the benefits of each. (more…)

Should I Whiten My Teeth?

Friday, January 19th, 2018
Is teeth whitening right for you?

Is teeth whitening right for you?

Teeth whitening is very popular and can be done in many different ways, as almost everyone will experience discolored teeth at some point. While it isn’t uncommon to have yellow or discolored teeth, many people choose to whiten their teeth to feel more confident about their smile. Continue reading to learn if teeth whitening is for you! (more…)

Healthy Foods to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

Naturally brighten your smile with these foods & drinks!

Most people are probably aware of certain beverages that stain your teeth, such as tea, coffee, and red wine. But you may not know that just as some foods and drinks cause dental stains, others help clean and whiten them naturally. They’re not as thoroughly effective as professional teeth whitening products, but they are a cheap alternative and a much healthier remedy that should leave you smiling!

Natural Remedies

  • Strawberries: Strawberries can work wonders to whiten teeth, since they contain an enzyme called malic acid. Try mashing up strawberries and rubbing them on your teeth, leaving it for five minutes then rinsing with water and brushing and flossing as usual.
  • Dairy products: Dairy products, such as yoghurt, milk, and cheese, contain lactic acid, which can help protect teeth against decay. Studies have found that kids who ate yogurt four times per week had less tooth decay than kids who didn’t eat yogurt. Proteins in yogurt can bind to teeth and prevent them from attack by harmful acids that cause cavities. Hard cheeses are best for whitening, since they help remove food particles as well.
  • Fruit: Eating tart fruits such as oranges and pineapples cause the mouth to produce more saliva, which in turn washes teeth clean naturally. Beware of using lemons directly on teeth, because too much acidity can damage teeth.
  • Baking Soda: Though not a food, baking soda functions as a teeth whitener in two ways. Firstly, because of its abrasive nature, baking soda removes built-up plaque on teeth and secondly, the alkaline powder in baking soda can help remove discolorations.


What to Avoid!

Though discoloration of teeth is a part of the aging process, some foods, and beverages, as well as smoking can drastically increase the rate of stains and discoloration. Many are aware that red wine leads to stains on your teeth, but white wine is actually worse. White wine contains more acidity than red, so drinking white wine makes your teeth more likely to absorb stains. Berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, cherries, although excellent for your overall health, can stain your teeth. So, be sure to rinse out your mouth thoroughly with water after eating to prevent drastic discoloration.

Keep Your Smile Healthy with Affinity

Affinity Dental has six dentists and provides a variety of services from pediatric dentistry to orthodontics. Affinity Dental is capable of meeting all your needs. With 170 combined years of treating a variety of dental needs, Affinity is committed to providing quality dental care. To get your teeth back into good health and make your smile bright, call us at 410-719-7900 or contact us online. For other useful tips on dental care follow us on Facebook.

Is Summer a Good Time to Whiten Your Teeth?

Monday, June 12th, 2017
A beautiful smile

Make the most out of your fun this summer by adding a brighter smile!

There is never a bad time to smile! There’s a clear correlation between smiling and happiness, and that’s a scientific fact. Your smile is one of your most important tools – it can engage people and give them a sense of your warmth as a person. It’s one of the first things people will notice about you, whether it’s a first-time encounter with someone, or it can gauge your mood with more familiar acquaintances. One thing is for sure that after a particularly bad season of weather has passed, and when the summer and sun is here – you’ll be smiling! So what better time to whiten those teeth than the summer, where you can flash those big pearly whites all summer long. (more…)

How Does Teeth Whitening Actually Work?

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Teeth whitening enables us to have a brighter, more beautiful smile.

If you have stained or discolored teeth, there are a few things you can do to whiten your teeth. Teeth whitening is actually a fairly simple procedure. First, consider what a tooth stain is — each tooth is made up of an inner layer of dentin and a hard outer enamel layer that protects the tooth. Another layer gradually forms on top of the enamel as you put things in your mouth, whether it’s food, cigarette smoke, coffee, etc. As this layer sits on your teeth for years and years, it gets into the enamel and creates a stain. (more…)