Selecting a Toothbrush

By Joseph Devine

In the aisle that houses dental care supplies of many drug stores, between the toothpaste and mouth wash lives a menagerie of plastic, rubber, and nylon. You have spent over three months with the current keeper of your crowns, and it is now time to part ways with your old plaque protector and get a new toothbrush. How will you ever make the decision among the millions of different bristles, rotating heads, and cartoon themed handles? Here are a few tips that make picking out a toothbrush a simple choice.

The beauty of good bristles

The single most important aspect of a toothbrush is its ability to help keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. So when shopping for a new toothbrush, the thing to take note of are the bristles, which is what actually does the cleaning. General rule of thumb that will work for most mouths: bristles should be

· Soft

· Nylon

· Have round heads

This is very important because using a brush with bristles that are too hard can actually damage or hurt your gums and cause them to bleed.

From its head to your mouth

Have you ever notice how dentist tools are pretty small? There is a reason for that. Your mouth is full of tiny crevices and nooks that can be difficult to reach and get into. You want to select a toothbrush that will allow you to get all the way in there. The brush head needs to be small enough, approximately 1" by 1/2", for easy access to all of those hard-to-reach areas of the mouth.

To buzz or not to buzz

There is no scientific evidence or proof to support that electric toothbrushes are more efficient at removing plaque from teeth than manual brushing by hand. They are a good way to motivate some reluctant brushers, i.e. children, to brush their teeth. They can also be very useful for people with limited dexterity, such as disabled or elderly people, as well as people with braces.

For more information on how to select a toothbrush, the correct method for brushing your teeth, or simply to speak with a Chicago family dentist, contact Dr. Bagai at www.drbagai.com

Joseph Devine

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Zoom Before and After Pictures

Are you wondering just how white the Zoom in-office whitening system can get your teeth, here is a great video that shows some patient examples. Keep in mind that as with any whitening system, results may very with different people.



Zoom is a whitening system that is done chairside at a dentist's office. Unlike using trays that are custom fit to your mouth, the Zoom system is fast and can be completed in one visit, taking about 45 minutes to complete. As explained on the Zoom website:

Whitening can get your smile looking its best. Non-professional procedures and clinically unproven teeth whitening tips can often lead to unsatisfactory results, you should look for a whitening procedure that is:

Fast and convenient
Long lasting
Low sensitivity
Proven to be safe and effective
Performed by a Dental Professional

Want to learn more about Zoom? Watch the 2 videos below to find out how it's done.

Foods That Stain Teeth

Here are a list of some common foods that cause teeth to stain. Keep in mind this is not an exclusive list, just a sampling of foods that stain. Generally speaking, if a food has a lot of pigment it will stain teeth (for ex., cherries). If it is something that will stain a white carpet or t-shirt, it's something that can stain your teeth. Besides strong pigments, you want to look out for food that is slightly acidic like citrus foods because they open up the pores of the tooth enamel which causes teeth to stain more easily. The same holds true with drinks regarding strong pigments and acidity. Also be careful of anything extremely hot or extremely cold, as they can cause your teeth to expand and contract, allowing stains to penetrate more easily.
Staining foods/drinks

  • coffee

  • tea

  • cola

  • red wine

  • berries

  • curry

  • soy sauce

  • balsamic vinegar

  • citrus foods

  • dark fruit juices such as cranberry

  • Popsicles

  • tomato sauce

  • beets

  • tobacco



Supersmile is the #1 patented whitening toothpaste recommended by top cosmetic dentists.

This powerful patented formula contains:

Calprox® - clinically developed to safely whiten teeth.
Baking Soda - to freshen breath and maintain healthy gums.
Fluoride - to effectively fight cavities.

It is a top rated whitening toothpaste with dentists but with customers as well. This was my personal first choice after reviewing whitening toothpaste options. Results are different for every person, but I was very happy with the results. It was capable of removing stains faster than other toothpastes that I had tried in the past and was not harsh on my sensitive teeth. I will be reviewing other whitening toothpastes on this blog, as I realize that what works for me might not be the best choice for everyone, but I knew that I would start with Supersmile. It is often a choice for people who wish to maintain white teeth after an in-office bleaching with their cosmetic dentist. You can find Supersmile at Drugstore.Com as well as other retailers.

Home Teeth Whitening

By Christopher Whitcomb

If your teeth have been stained from smoking, or too much coffee or tea, then you may be interested in a home teeth whitening product. You may not have the time or money for expensive cosmetic dentistry, or laser whitening. Fortunately there are a number of great teeth whitening systems available for purchase. Below I will discuss some of the options available to you if you need to whiten your teeth.
Okay, so you probably know most of these options, but I will explain in more detail below. One of the first products that came out a few years ago were teeth whitening trays. These trays work pretty well in terms of results, but I have had some problems with the trays. One of these problems is that usually they contain harsh chemicals that can cause your teeth to become overly sensitive to hot or cold food and beverages. Another complaint that a lot of people have with trays is that they are uncomfortable and don't stay in place very well. This can be quite a pain, especially because you have to wear these trays for up to an hour per day.
A very popular product that is still kind of new in the home teeth whitening industry are whitening strips. They also produce decent results, but again there are some problems involved. Again you need to wear these strips for up to an hour every day, so that is an inconvenience. They are not really uncomfortable, but they are very hard to keep in place. They seem to slide around very easily. So this makes them very hard to keep in one spot for an hour at a time. When I used white strips I found myself constantly having to adjust them,
One of my favorite home teeth whitening systems are teeth whiten tips. Basically you get a kit where you have some Q-Tip type applicators and some whitening gel. It is very gentle on your teeth and it only takes 5 minutes a day to use this product. It is great to not have to take an hour a day to get whiter teeth.
If you want to learn more about my favorite home teeth whitening system then visit my website BestTeethWhitener.org. We have full instructions on how to use teeth whiten tips.
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