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How Teeth Whitening Really Works

Why Teeth Turn Yellow?

Before we go over the process of teeth-whitening, let's take a moment to understand the causes of discoloration in teeth.

Each tooth is made up of an inner dentin layer and a hard outer enamel layer, which essentially protects the teeth. Things like food, cigarette smoke, coffee, and etc. naturally create an additional layer on top of the enamel later. This extra layer on top is the biggest cause to the discoloration of our teeth.

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Is mouthwash as effective as floss? To put it plainly — nope.

While a good mouthwash can help in the fight against gum disease, cavities and bad breath, it simply can’t remove plaque as well as floss can. Plaque is sticky and adhesive, like glue, and can’t be removed unless you floss and put some elbow grease into it.

Flossing displaces the destructive colonies of bacteria growing against your teeth and gums. When these bacterial colonies, or plaque, are allowed to grow freely, they eventually cause gum disease and leads to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and other serious ailments. Flossing disrupts their efforts and prevents them from building a stable home (calculus) in your mouth. And flossing a couple times a week won’t do the job -- bacteria works fast and they’ll re-colonize before you know it.

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3 Signs Your Dentist Needs New Equipment

With all the different equipment and machinery you would typically see when you visit your dentist, it’s easy to believe that every practice is up to date with the latest technology, but this isn’t always the case. Why wouldn’t a dental office want to stay up to date with the latest tools and technology anyway? Well, the biggest reason is because new dental machines and equipment are very expensive. iTero Scanners range from $20,000-$40,000 USD, CT Scanners are typically between $40,000-$80,000 USD, and CEREC machines cost approximately $100,000 USD. Keep in mind, these prices do not include maintenance costs that the dental equipment will need!

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