It’s easy to protect yourself from things you know will stain your teeth, but what about those mysterious offenders you didn’t even know are turning your pearly whites into dull yellows? It is not uncommon for Portales residents to have stained teeth, but we at the office of Peter L. Thompson, DDS are going to give you the information on teeth whitening you need to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. Don’t forget to schedule regular cleanings, because Dr. Thompson is the expert on getting rid of stains and making sure they never get a chance to hurt your smile.
Everybody knows that beverages like tea, coffee and red wine are some of the worst tooth-staining culprits around, but did you know that there are a number of other beverages that can take away from your beautiful smile? Sports drinks, white wine, and cranberry juice are not your teeth’s friends.
They replenish your electrolytes, so sports drinks are just generally healthy, right? Unfortunately, that is not the case. Due to the high acidity level, sports drinks cause tooth erosion. Not to mention the excessive quantity of sugar found in many sports drinks. How can you minimize negative effects? Chug it! We don’t really want you to gulp it down in a few seconds, but drinking sports drinks in a shorter amount of time (rather than all throughout the game) will keep the exposure to your teeth at a minimum. Rinse your teeth with water to help even more.
Here you are thinking that red wine is worse for your teeth, when Dr. Thompson comes along with some new information. Studies now suggest that white wine is actually capable of stripping the enamel and darkening your teeth, and that effect is compounded if you happen to drink other staining beverages after the white wine. You are welcome to call the office of Peter L. Thompson, DDS anytime for specific instructions, but we recommend that you don’t brush your teeth after drinking wine for 20-30 minutes, as that could damage your enamel further. It is better to swish with water and wait to brush.
This tooth-staining beverage is not quite as stealthy as some of the others we will discuss. The pigments in cranberry and other juices (indicated by dark color) are known to cause stains and yellow teeth. We at the office of Peter L. Thompson, DDS recommend that our Portales patients get very comfortable drinking from straws, and as always, swishing water in your mouth afterwards helps.
Now that we’ve covered the beverages responsible for secretly staining teeth, we’ll discuss some common home-health products that are lesser-known enemies of a bright and shiny smile. Pepto-Bismol can turn your teeth black, and over-whitening may actually make your teeth appear less white.
Before you prepare yourself for a life of stomach discomfort, let us tell you the whole story. This popular gastrointestinal cure-all has been known to cause an odd side-effect: turning your teeth and tongue black. It is temporary and harmless. The bismuth in Pepto-Bismol can react with the sulfur in your saliva to produce a harmless chemical that happens to be black. In most cases, brushing your teeth will clear this right up. However, you can always come to the office of Peter L. Thompson, DDS for a cleaning and we’ll make your teeth nice and shiny again.
There is some disagreement among scientists, but the majority of dental health researchers believe that using whitening treatments too often can negatively affect your teeth by making them more porous and reducing their top layer of enamel. This in turn makes your teeth appear slightly discolored, which is exactly the opposite of what you wanted in the first place! How do you protect yourself from teeth whitening disasters? Be reasonable with how many treatments you use and remember that Dr. Thompson is always available to help you make the right dental health choices for a healthier mouth and a beautiful smile. Call the office of Peter L. Thompson, DDS today to set up an appointment!
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“What a feeling – being able to smile any time I want without shielding my two front teeth with my hand anymore! I must admit, I didn’t know much about veneers until a friend of mine mentioned them to me. He piqued my curiosity, but it was only after I spoke to Dr. Thompson and his staff that I decided to go ahead with the procedure.
I have had horrible experiences with several previous dentists and the thought of extensive work in my mouth was not appealing to me. Especially because I have a very low tolerance for pain. I can honestly say that Dr. Thompson and his staff are one-of-a-kind, and truly the best out there! Not only are the very efficient and use state of the art procedures and materials, but they are compassionate and caring. I had never thought that a healthy smile would give me such a confidence boost, but it sure did! It used to be that people always told me that my eyes smiled when I spoke to them… Now I smile with much more than my eyes!”
“I first came to Dr. Thompson’s office in January of 2010. I had been having headaches due to muscular tension in my jaw. I suffer from a relatively rare genetic disorder called Amelogenesis imperfecta. This disorder affects the enamel formation in teeth, and I basically had no enamel on my teeth as a child and adult. Due to this I had to have all my teeth removed and replaced with dentures when I was only 25.
Dentures also present some problems: because I no longer had tooth roots in my jaw, my bone slowly began to deteriorate and atrophy, both in my upper and lower jaws. Eventually, by the age of 43, I developed severe migraine headaches due to how much my jaw had changed shape over time.
This is where Dr. Thompson came in. He diagnosed the problem quickly and told me that if I didn’t get implants soon my jaws would atrophy to the point where they could no longer support dentures or implants. Before getting implants, he was able to modify my dentures so my headaches went away within a matter of a day or so. What a relief!
Now, implants are expensive, but not as expensive as I thought they would be, and it is certainly better than the alternative of not having any teeth at all, dentures or otherwise. The implants had to be installed (for lack of a better term) over the course of 3 surgeries. The surgeries were completed in the mornings and I was sent home the same day.
Recovery was roughly 3-6 months between surgeries. It was over a year from the time I first visited Dr. Thompson until I got my final implants, but the final result has been great! My new implants are much more stable than my old dentures and I can now eat things that I never could before. I don’t have to fuss with using adhesive to secure my dentures anymore, and my headaches are a thing of the past! Plus my jaws have stopped shrinking due to the implants.
Dr. Thompson and his staff were very friendly and professional during the entire process. I have been to many dentists in the past, but Dr. Thompson is easily the best.”
“When I found Doctor Thompson, you could honestly say I was at my end. All hope of ever having a normal pain-free life was entirely out of reach and there was no way anyone could possibly help me. I had been repeatedly let down by doctors, specialists, and dentists I had been to. I was convinced these people were only there to hurt you and take your money, not actually sit down with you and help you!”
My teeth were beautiful when something really bad began to happen. My teeth began breaking and wearing away. I brushed and did everything I had always been taught to protect your teeth, but nothing seemed to be helping. I saw a billboard with Dr. Thompson. I cried to my husband every time I passed it…. I only wished that I could find someone who could be what he claimed to be. I passed that billboard many times and highly doubted the possibility that he could help me. The last dentist I had gone to hurt me so bad that I was not about to trust anyone else to touch me. So I lived with it.
The day came when decided I had to trust someone. I had just gone through two pregnancies that took all the nutrients I had, therefore speeding up the deterioration of my teeth. I lived in a dark blur of pain, looked at the ground when I spoke to people, and sipped on liquid Tylenol like it was water. ALL I wanted was to be able to be the best Mommy I could be. I was able to care for them and give them everything they needed, but I couldn’t do a lot of things. It was just too painful. I wanted more for my babies! I wanted them to see their Mommy feeling wonderful and able to look her best. I wanted to show them I could interact with other people and not be afraid.
That was all a dream until I finally broke down and decided that I would never know if Dr. Thompson could help me if I didn’t ask. So, one day in 2010, I made the call. The call that would change my perspective on people and their ability to help others. That day I met Micah, and what an angel she was for me! They knew I was terrified and they did their very best to comfort me. No one can truly understand what you are going through until they have lived it, but they tried harder than anyone I had ever seen. My report was as I knew it would be, they would not be able to save my teeth. I would have to have them all removed.
At 28 years old, it’s not exactly the highlight of your life, but when you have been in so much pain and a dentist looks at you, almost with tears in his eyes and tells you that he is going to help you, it will bring life back to your view on your situation. I realized at that moment that these people were my friends and they were going to be there all the way.
One short visit and I walked away with a new mouth. At first, it was totally foreign to me to have a complete set of teeth in my mouth. It was painful, and was not easy having to relearn a lot of things all over again. With their support and confidence, they helped me believe I could do everything right again. I am writing this a year later and I could not be happier with MY smile. I have my complete set of dentures with two implants on bottom that allow the bottom denture to snap in without any troubles at all. It was a very hard road, but one that I have no regrets taking. I have my new beautiful teeth…. I can smile, talk, sing, laugh, and eat. Most importantly I feel amazing. I can be the wife that my husband deserves and the Mommy that my two little girls need me to be, energetic and fun!
There is no greater feeling in the world than knowing I will never hurt like that ever again. Everything was worth it for me. I don’t mind sharing to the world that Dr. Thompson and his team were the most dedicated and outstanding people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. They took care of me, and I will forever be grateful that I called them.”
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