COVID-19: Office Updates

Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

Teeth Whitening At Home: What Are My Options?

Posted on 6/8/2020 by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry
Teeth Whitening At Home: What Are My Options?If you have been down the oral health aisle at your local grocery store recently, you have probably seen a plethora of different products boasting their tooth whitening abilities. We will go over some of the most popular tooth whitening products and explain what makes them tick.

Whitening Toothpastes

Lots of toothpastes now boast whitening properties. One thing to keep in mind about toothpastes is that they have always had some whitening potential due to their mild abrasive properties. The abrasive properties of toothpastes make them able to remove light stains on teeth. Depending on the kind of whitening product in the toothpaste you can reasonably expect it to lighten your teeth by about one shade. Whitening toothpastes are generally best used to keep teeth that have already been whitened, white longer.

Whitening Strips and Gels

Most gels are peroxide-based and are applied with a brush to your teeth. With gels, it is important to follow the application instructions very closely in order to avoid application accidents. Gels offer decent results that you can expect to last for a few months.

Strips are one of the newest whitening products available today. They are similar to gels in that they are peroxide based and give roughly the same results. Strips are more convienient than their gel counterparts and are typically easier to clean up. Both gels and strips must be applied to and left on your teeth for a decent amount of time each day.

Whitening Rinses

Frequently advertised on mouthwashes and breath freshening rinses, this method of teeth whitening is one of the least effective for a few reasons. Your teeth are in contact with the whitening agent for only a few minutes a day making it hard to be very effective. Further, there is no abrasive action involved in the process of swishing mouthwash around in your mouth. Don't count on these products to give you impressive results.

If you'd like to learn more about teeth whitening and schedule a no obligation consultation, please call us today at (803) 310-4707 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing your smile!

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