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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

If you are a senior considering dental implants, you may have to worry about issues other dental patients don't have to think about. For example, you may need more time to recover after receiving your implants. My name is Jodi, and I've been working with seniors for years. I decided to create this blog to help the seniors I can't meet in person. In this space, I'm going to post entries on everything related to dental implants and seniors. From tips on flossing implants after arthritis has claimed some of your dexterity, to guiding you through the implants-vs-dentures debate, this blog is designed for you. Thanks for reading. I hope you find what you need!



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After You Whiten Your Teeth, Put These Tips Into Practise to Keep Them White and Bright!

by Jimmy Carter

If you're going to whiten your teeth at the cosmetic dentist, it's likely that they are significantly darkened or discoloured. Whilst the cosmetic teeth whitening will solve the problem of dark or discoloured teeth, it's important to remember that teeth whitening isn't permanent. However, you can often extend the longevity of your teeth whitening procedure by putting the following tips into practise. 

Drink Differently

Whilst you may be accustomed to drinking from a glass or a cup, adding a straw to the beverage is easy and fast. By drinking from a straw, you can prevent liquids from making contact with your tooth enamel. This simple tip helps you avoid darkening from sodas, staining from dark coloured juices, and other types of beverage induced darkening and discolouration. 

Another part of drinking differently involves changing what you drink. Admittedly, it's not usual to drink coffee from a straw, so you may think that it's okay to drink that one beverage in the normal way. However, the fact is that coffee is one of the most damaging beverages when it comes to teeth staining. It's best to reduce the amount of coffee that you drink as much as possible.

Up the Oral Hygiene Habits

Your oral hygiene habits should be better than ever if you want to maintain the results of your teeth whitening. This means brushing twice every day, two minutes each time, to remove the film left behind by liquids as well as food particles and bacteria. Time yourself whilst brushing should you need to. Most people only brush for under a minute, assuming they've spent plenty of time brushing. Don't forget to floss thoroughly as well. It eliminates lingering particles that could be lodged into the crevices between your teeth. 

Ask Your Cosmetic Dentist About Touch-Ups at Home

To keep your teeth at their whitest, you'll generally need to have a professional touch-up at your dentist every year or so. However, you may be able to use an at home touch-up tool provided by your dentist to extend the time between your professional teeth whitening appointments. Some dentists offer specialised whitening pens that you can use to perform touch-ups when you notice your teeth beginning to darken or become discoloured. These whitening pens contain professional strength whitening gel that you can easily apply directly to your teeth. Ask your dentist if they offer this extra whitening option.

Is your teeth whitening appointment coming up soon? This is the perfect time to put the tips above into practise. You can have whiter and brighter teeth very soon -- and thanks to your new habits, your whitening will last!