No one likes to flaunt their discoloured teeth and this may be the reason why so many Brits never smile. All kidding aside, stained teeth are a sore sight, especially when you are all dressed up. To solve this problem, many people use a whitening toothpaste, which causes more problems than it solves.
Most whitening toothpastes contain harmful abrasives that hurt your dental enamel. As an alternative, whitening strips have become a popular way to whiten teeth. These strips are easy to use and don’t need a dentist’s supervision. But are they really effective in giving you shining white teeth?
Whitening strips do work, to some extent. If you have stained or yellow teeth, applying the strips for two weeks continuously makes a difference. But there are chances of complications.
No matter how hard you try, it is difficult to get an even whitening with strips. Due to accessibility and the structure of your teeth, some teeth may get over whitened while others have lesser whitening. So every day, make a habit of observing the levels of whiteness and compensate if needed.
Do not use the whitening strips for a long duration. Two weeks is the typical suggestion. Using it for a longer time may result in tooth sensitivity and it could even damage to your teeth.
Beware of how close you get the strip to your gums. The gums are soft and the harsh chemicals in the strip may injure them. To avoid gum issues, cut the strip as close as possible to your smiling teeth size. After a bit of trial and error, you will get it right.
If you have stained teeth, trying a whitening strip could be a good idea and it is certainly better than a whitening toothpaste. No matter which one you use, be gentle with your teeth and pay attention when using it. If you experience sensitivity stop using immediately.
Wisdom teeth get their name from the fact that they come into your life during your wisdom years, i.e. typically from seventeen to twenty-five years. While we don’t know if you really get any wiser in those years, wisdom teeth could play a little havoc in your teeth when they suddenly start appearing in your mouth.
In many cases, you may have to get your wisdom teeth removed as they often lead to problems later in life. The recommended way is to get a dentist to evaluate them when they start to appear. In some cases, they may stay without causing any trouble. But in other instances, they may cause severe pain and may need expensive and painful surgery to be removed.
How to decide what to do?
Watch out for the following symptoms once you notice wisdom teeth growing in your mouth.
Wisdom teeth can cause pain and irritation. To be certain, have it checked by a dentist. Sometimes pain could be due to other teeth decaying too. So, it is best to get it evaluated by a professional.
Gets harder to eat
If you experience pain while eating, you may have to get the wisdom tooth removed. Due to its odd location, food particles may get stuck and cause decay and it is hard to get your brush to reach that position.
Cyst around wisdom teeth
It is one of those signs no one can ignore. A Cyst formation around your teeth is too painful and may lead to a lot of other problems if you don’t take care of it right away.
Sudden sinus problem
If you did not have a sinus problem in the past but are experiencing a sudden onset after wisdom teeth come out, go to your dentist right away. As wisdom teeth grow and build roots, it may press against your sinus and cause problems.
Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that some people get at the time they are becoming adults. Typically, the third set of molars appear anytime between seventeen and twenty-five years of age. Since they appear during the time of life when we are supposed to get wisdom, they are nicknamed as ‘wisdom teeth’.
In reality, most teenagers and young adults at that age are at the mercy of their hormones and tend to be less than wise.
Teeth formation is at an advanced stage when the wisdom teeth appear. Because of this, there are many problems associated with wisdom teeth. In many cases, dentists have to extract these new formations as it may cause pain and damage other teeth in the future.
Some people do not develop a full molar and have a partially grown tooth. This may result in creating an opening for food particles and bacteria to enter the jaw and cause an infection. Such an infection could spread across the jaw and even result in general illness.
In some people, wisdom teeth falls in line with the rest of the teeth and causes no problem. If there is room to grow, wisdom teeth will be just like any other teeth despite their late appearance.
But if there is no space in your mouth for proper growth, they may push the rest of your teeth to make space and cause a tremendous amount of pain. This is why it is important to get them evaluated by a dentist as soon as possible.
Based on your unique mouth structure, your dentist will assess the feasibility of wisdom teeth and if he feels they may harm or cause trouble later in life, he may suggest extracting them as early as possible.
It is very hard to extract them when they are fully grown and may even cause pain. So, it is best to follow your dentist’s suggestion on how to handle your wisdom teeth.