Thursday, December 5, 2013

Can Tooth Spray Be The Answer To Damaged Teeth?

Often one of the biggest reasons many of us turn to teeth whitening is due to the appearance of discoloration on our teeth.

Now whilst a lot of this is caused by smoking and food/drink stains, a big reason why our teeth looks yellow is because our enamel has worn away, revealing the dentin underneath.

But what if you could prevent that?

Well, if research by King’s College London and Imperial College London is correct you may soon be able to use a tooth spray that can offer increased protection for your teeth.

How does the Tooth Spray work?

Created using a type of calcium, the spray is believed to help repair damage done to your enamel whilst repairing your exposed dentin.

Simply spray a few millimetres away from your teeth and the dry powder blocks the tiny tubes in dentin – reducing their sensitivity – whilst acting as a mild abrasive, to help remove stains from your teeth. 

Is it safe?

This spray is still being developed by scientists, but once on the market it could potentially help you to overcome enamel damage and give your teeth a second chance.

Until then though there are a number of things you can do to keep your teeth healthy and stain free.
  • Avoid staining foods and drinks – sauces, wine, berries etc
  • Quit smoking – not only does smoking reduce oxygen supply to your gums, but the nicotine can cause your teeth to yellow
  • Adopt a healthy dental routine – brush your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes (if you want to brush after meals wait at least an hour); floss every evening; change your tooth brush every 3 months and use a medium-hard toothbrush
  • Use teeth whitening – whether you opt for our 16% carbamide Dr George’s Dental White teething gel or chose to use strips, pens or professional cleaning from your dentist; remember to follow the products instructions carefully and don’t use the product more than 2 times a year. With the right product you can whiten your teeth by up to 11 shades.
Achieving a white, healthy and natural smile is possible, no matter how old you are. Simply bear in mind the points above and you can keep your teeth, enamel and smile perfectly white.

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