When you think of whitening your teeth you probably think of in-office whitening, take-home whitening kits, over-the-counter whitening kits, toothpastes, and even mouthwashes, but do you ever think of dental floss? Keeping your teeth white can be a challenge even after professional or over-the-counter whitening. Bleaching doesn’t last forever, sometimes not even for a few months. Can you keep your teeth white by flossing?
Today there are numerous types of dental floss to choose from. Thick floss, thin floss, flat floss, white floss, colored floss, roped floss, waxed floss, as well as any flavor you can think of. Now whitening floss has been added to the many options. That’s because tooth whitening is a multi-billion dollar business. Everyone wants white teeth. Now, in addition to whitening toothpastes and whitening mouthwashes, there is whitening dental floss.
How It Works
Whitening floss doesn’t actually bleach the teeth, but it helps make them look whiter. Some whitening flosses are coated with microscopic abrasive silica particles to help remove stains. Others are treated with compounds such as calcium peroxide. Calcium peroxide helps dissolve excess proteins deposited on your teeth by your saliva. These excess proteins can contribute to tooth discoloration. However, what the floss actually does is improve the appearance of your teeth by removing food debris and bacterial plaque to keep your gums healthy. Pink, firm, healthy gums help your teeth look brighter. Teeth, crowns, or implants with severe stains may require professional whitening or dental veneers.
About Your Lake Forest Dentist:
Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.