Donating Toothpaste to the Needy is Something Everyone Can Do
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Donating Toothpaste to the Needy is Something Everyone Can Do

I love to help others, but like many people today, I don't have a huge bank account that allows me to make large donations to charities. I still try to donate items I can afford to the needy, and two items that are always appreciated by local food banks are toothpaste and toothbrushes. These two items can make huge differences in the lives of needy people who cannot afford them, as it helps them keep their teeth healthy now and avoid expensive dental bills in the future. Remember that giving does not have to mean donating large sums of money to charities. I created this blog to remind people that giving dental care items to the needy can be a great contribution to society that anyone can afford.

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Ten Myths About Teeth Whitening

Dianne Perry

Teeth whitening is popular in all sectors of the population. In fact, over ten billion dollars are spent every year in the US alone on teeth whitening products and treatments. The public is bombarded with advertisements and articles about teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry, but only some of the information out there is actually true. Below are ten common myths you should know about teeth whitening before undergoing this treatment:

  1. Every whitening gel is the same – There are different strengths of whitening gel available, with the strongest used only by dentists, and the weakest available over the counter.
  2. All teeth respond the same way to whitening – Whitening treatments have better results with yellow teeth than with gray teeth.
  3. Whitening toothpastes can whiten teeth – While these toothpastes do help remove surface stains, they do little to whiten the underlying tooth enamel.
  4. Any fillings, crowns, and veneers in your mouth will also be whitened – Only your teeth will become whiter after the treatment. Tooth colored restorations will not be affected.
  5. You will only see results after several weeks – Some whitening treatments performed in your dentist's office can make your teeth at least eight shades brighter after just an hour.
  6. Over the counter kits are the same kits used by dentists– The custom made gel trays and strong gel used by dentists have a more powerful effect than generic trays and lower strength gel sold to the public.
  7. You should use the strongest gel available for the whitest teeth – While the strongest gels may produce the fastest results, they can also cause side effects. Weaker gels are safer to use for repeated treatments, and achieve similar results.
  8. Teeth whitening is covered by your insurance – Since teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment, it is usually not covered by health insurance plans.
  9. There are no side effects to whitening treatments – Some people suffer from gum irritation and/or teeth sensitivity after a whitening treatment. Your dentist can help minimize these unpleasant side effects.
  10. Whitening treatments last for a lifetime – Acidic foods and beverages such as tea, coffee, orange juice, and wine, can stain your teeth over time and make a "touch-up" treatment necessary. Smoking can also stain your teeth.

Being informed about teeth whitening is not enough to get the best results. Before any whitening treatment, make sure to visit your dentist for a checkup and cleaning. If you have cavities or a gum infection, they should be treated before you begin a whitening process.


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