TEETH WHITENING: DIY Home Remedies Vs Professional Whitening

March 16, 2018

Teeth Whitening: DIY Home Remedies Vs Professional Whitening 

Everybody wants a nice healthy white smile, but that once beautiful white smile begins to fade as we begin to introduce things into our diet that cause staining and discoloration. Coffee and red wine are the main things we think of, when talking about the causes of a less white smile, but did you know that the things you eat in your diet can also cause a less desirable smile? Acidic foods, tea, dark berries and yes even WHITE wine can cause our once beautiful white smiles to be, well, not so white. Who knew?? So now, what do you do? Not only does our diet effect the color of our teeth, but also things like certain medications you are prescribed, the way you brush (not enough or way too hard) and yes, the detail none of us want to talk about..... you're just getting older. Now, we know we have to take the meds we are prescribed, we can improve our brushing habits,  we need coffee in the mornings to function, and no one wants to remove wine from our fun social gatherings.... so we begin to explore how we can get that white smile again. Do we get it professionally done, or do we do it at home with the help of Pinterest?


If you begin to explore the avenue of doing it yourself with home remedies, you will find many options that people say will work. Things like, over the counter whitening strips, whitening toothpastes, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, baking soda and yes even charcoal! Lets look at some of these options and what they will do.

1. Whitening strips- buying over the counter whitening strips has been marketed very well, and seems like a great easy way to whiten your teeth at home. These strips contain bleaching products in them such as carbomide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. When using these products be prepared for the side effects that might come along. Some of the main side effects are, tooth sensitivity, because these bleaching products go straight through the tooth enamel to whiten from the inside out and  mouth sores, this can happen when the bleach on the strips comes in contact with the gums. Most dentists would recommend using custom made trays that fit your teeth. This keeps the bleaching product on your teeth and helps reduce it touching your gums. It also helps reach all the curves of your teeth that a generic strip will not be able to reach. 

2. Whitening toothpaste- these toothpastes are a gimmick that the industry has banked on. They have little to no effect on your teeth for getting them to the desired color one would want to achieve, yet they market the product as a great way to whiten. Some of the toothpastes might have the right ingredients/chemicals to whiten teeth, but your teeth are not exposed to this ingredient long enough for it to actually do anything! These whitening chemicals need to be in contact with your teeth for a minimum of 20 minutes up to a few hours, to get the desired effect of a color change. Don't be fooled by the cheap price tag of these toothpastes that claim to have the same results as professional whitening.  According to the ADA, these toothpastes only remove surface stains and can be very abrasive. Most dentists will not recommend these toothpastes because they can also remove enamel since they are designed to "be harsher" on your tooth structure. 

3. Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda- Many dentist will advice against using these products to whiten your smile. When hydrogen peroxide comes in contact with the tissue in your mouth it causes a radical reaction that will age the living tissue. If you choose to use baking soda it will kill not only kill the bad bacteria in your mouth..... but also the GOOD bacteria in your mouth

4. Lemon Juice - The way this works is the acid begins to eat away at the teeth enamel, ultimately you can do Permanent damage to your teeth if this the way route you choose. 

5. Activated Charcoal - Now, lets get this straight, this is not the charcoal you are familiar with using at your family BBQ.  Activated charcoal absorbs toxins and is typically used in the ER for patients who have overdosed on medications. The problem with brushing your teeth with this ingredient is how abrasive it is. This powder is very harsh and will permanently damage your enamel. It can also turn your gums permanently black when it comes in contact with them. Think about it, if you brush your teeth enough with this, it will begin to build up onto your gums, and instead of a nice white smile, you will end up tattooing your gums black. EEk! 


So, now that you have begun to understand the risks vs benefits of home remedies, having your teeth professionally whitened might begin to sound a little better. If this is the avenue you choose to go down. the first thing you should do is consult with your dentist. Not everyone is a good candidate for teeth whitening. If you are someone who has veneers or crowns, unfortunately those porcelain products do not whiten. You can however, have your dentist replace those veneers or crowns to a shade you desire. This is why a consult is the first step. The dentist and his assistant will do an exam and determine if you are a good candidate for professional whitening. 

Rosewood Dental's Whitening Process

1. Consult- as stated above, your initial appointment will be a consult to ensure your are the right canidate for this procedure.

2. In House Treatment- If you are a good candidate for professional whitening we will schedule you for a one hour, in office whitening. At this appointment you will have the whitening done with a dental assistant monitoring the process. We will also make custom molds/trays of your upper and lower teeth for you to take home, along with some take home gel. 

3. Home Treatment- You will be educated by the assistant on how to use your take home trays and gels to achieve the desired results. 

4. Recheck- You will come back to the office after a few weeks for a whitening recheck to make sure you have begun to get the whitening results you wanted. 

If you think this is something you would want to do, Please call our office to get scheduled! 269-349-7393

Rosewood Dental, PLC



March 9, 2018

Sometimes getting your kiddos to brush their teeth can seem like a constant uphill battle. Trying to get them into a routine or getting them to understand the importance of good oral hygiene can be exhausting to say the least. Here are some hacks to help make your life run a little smoother, while  you create good dental habits in your childrens lives.  Try a few of these below, so your kids grow up understanding the importance of good dental health. 


As soon as your little one can hold a toothbrush, you should begin teaching them about dental care. Not just how to do it, but why. Here are a few tips to help them understand the value of good oral health while making it fun at the same time. 

* Use educational books and TV shows : There are so many books and shows available now to help you begin to introduce the importance of good oral hygiene. Read the books and watch the shows together. This is a great tool for kids to begin to grasp why they should practice good oral health. 

* Use a dental chart : Make a fun chart together that has all the steps of brushing their teeth, how long they should brush their teeth and be sure to include both a morning and night routine. Cut out pictures from magazines, decorate it in fun colors and have them personalize it. Hang it in their bathroom so they can follow the steps and mark down their activity. Keep a timer or clock in their bathroom as well, so they can make sure to brush for two minutes each time. 

* Have them go shopping : Involving them in the process of picking out their tooth brush and all the products needed, will give them a sense of independence and ownership. On your next trip to the store, have them help you pick out their toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash and floss. 

*Lead by example : Just telling them to do it will not be enough.... brush your teeth with them. When they see you do it as well, it teaches them that good oral hygiene is something we do our entire lives. And if it is important to you, it will become important to them. 


Whenever you make your next trip to the store to buy your dental supplies, plan to buy more then just what is needed at that moment. When you have extra supplies, it ensures that you will never run out. Also, when it's time to change that toothbrush, if you have multiple colors and styles to choose from, it will make it fun for them to pick out a favorite.


Taking your children to the dentist for regular cleanings and exams is vital. This will help to minimize any problems that could arise in the future and create a healthy habit of visiting the dentist. If this is something they always have done, it will not seem unusual to them when they get older to make and keep their every six months cleanings. 

Starting to teach your kids at an early age, the importance of good oral health habits is very important. You are giving them a great foundation to continue this habit as they grow older. Use these tips above to help the process, but also educate them on not only  the how, but the why. When they are little, talk to them about "stinky breath" and a healthy mouth. But as they get older and can understand better, teach them about cavities, gum disease and losing teeth. 

And most importantly....Have Fun with this, Don't make it a chore! 




July 3, 2017


Are you someone who suffers from migraines? This can be such a debilitating thing when they come on. Most people take pain medications, turn lights off, go to bed and just "deal" with their migraines. But, have you ever thought to see your dentist for this? 


Everyone clenches their teeth at night when sleeping, some worse than others. This clenching can lead to the cause of headaches. A dentist can do an exam and make a guard for you to wear at night, while you sleep. By wearing this guard, it reduces the intensity of the clenching by not allowing the back teeth to touch. By doing this, the grinding and clenching are minimized. 


If you are someone who has just lived with your migraines, and have never seen your dentist for this issue, please call our office to schedule an exam. We would be happy to help you. (269)-349-7393


Rosewood Dental, PLC



PERIODONTAL DISEASE- What is it and how to prevent it

May 15, 2017


Did you know that in 2001 the Guinness Book of World Records named Periodontal Disease the #1 disease affecting Mankind? If this is the case, what is it? Periodontal is a broad term, used to describe various diseases that affect the gums, bone and surrounding structures of the teeth. The most common types are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis causes bleeding and reddening of the gums. It is inflammation of the gum tissue. This happens when bacteria increases causing plaque to form on the teeth. An accumulation of plaque and tartar are the beginning stages of periodontal diseases. Tartar is a long standing plaque that has now absorbed calcium on the tooth surface. Periodontitis is when the bone and connective tissue have been severely damaged. The bone and tissue support the teeth, so when they become damaged, the teeth start to become loose and shift.

The warning signs and symptoms are-

* Bleeding Gums

* Red, Tender, Puffy or Swollen gums

* Pain or Tenderness in the gums

* Itchy sensation

* Teeth that are loose or shifting

* Constant bad breath or taste 

* Changes in your bite

* Changes in the fit of your oral appliance (i.e. partial denture)

* Gums that are pulling away from the teeth (i.e recession)

The best way to prevent Periodontal Disease is to have good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly. Eating a balanced diet to supply nutrients for good health is another great way to help prevent Periodontal Disease. Be sure you speak with your hygieniest regarding the proper use of your toothbrush and flossing. 

If left untreated, Periodontal Disease can lead to tooth loss. Research indicates that this also may contribute to diabetes, respiratory diseases, heart attack, stroke or even be associated with premature childbirth. 

How do you know if you have Periodontal Disease, and if you do, what is the treatment?

First, an evaluation is done using a peiodontal probe to measure the depth of space between the teeth and gums. Xrays are also taken to see whether the bone is damaged. Depending on the disease progession, the following treatments are used-

* More frequent cleaning intervals

* Scaling is done to scrape off tartar and plaque from the tooth's crowns and roots.

* Root planning is done to smooth rough surfaces of the root and allow the gums to heal

* Surgery may be needed in certain cases to properly treat the disease.

Early detection is important in the treatment of Periodontal Disease. In addition, you keep dental costs down by preventing further destruction. If you have any questions on Periodontal Disease, its progression and treatment, please call our office. (269)-349-7393


Rosewood Dental, PLC


April 13, 2017


Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered, are my teeth yellow? Overtime, it is not uncommon for your teeth to stain. There are many causes to this. Do you drink coffee, tea, pop, sports drinks, wine? Did you know that there are foods that can cause staining as well? Many citrus foods and even berries can cause tooth discoloration! 

If you have begun to notice that your teeth are not as white as they once were, no worries! Rosewood Dental does AMAZING teeth whitening! We even have a whitening for life, patient loyalty program!

So How do you join the program?

     * First, you will need a consult with us, to see if you qualify as a whitening candidate. Once you have been approved, we will schedule you for a 1 hour in office whitening appointment, which is a 'Jump Start' to your at home whitening. You will receive custom made take home trays and whitening gel, as well. In order to stay in the loyalty program, You will be responsible for keeping your hygiene cleanings every 6 months!!

How does the program work?

     * By maintaining your hygiene appointments every 6 months, you will be given complementary touch-up whitening syringes to use at home, for LIFE from your dental professional, after completing each cleaning appointment. 

What happens if you miss a teeth cleaning appointment?

     * We understand that life happens, and sometimes appointments need to be cancelled. We just ask that you get that appointment rescheduled in a timely manner. If you miss multiple cleanings, and do not get rescheduled, you will be dismissed from the program! 

Is there a cost to be in the program?

     * To be enrolled in the program, you will need to purchase the 1 hour in house treatment and custom made whitening trays. This is a one time payment. No additional costs to you if you keep up with the above requirements. 


If this is something you are interested in, please call our office. We would be happy to answer any further questions you may have and get you scheduled for a consult.  (269)-349-7393

Rosewood Dental, PLC


March 31, 2017


Did you know that your mouth can affect your heart condition? Recent studies have shown that bacteria in dental plaque have been linked to:

     * Blood clots that can induce heart attacks

     * Inflammation of the lining in blood vessels which is known to build up plaque in arteries

     Risk of infective endocarditis


What causes Gum Disease/ What are the Risk Factors?

     * Poor dental hygiene

     * Poor nutrition

     * Tobacco use (smoking or chewing)

     * Diabetes

     * Extended time between dental cleanings

     * Certain medications


Here are some signs of Gum Disease:

     * Gums that bleed or are red, puffy, or sore

     * Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth

     * Receding gums

     * Loose or shifting teeth



So, how do you know if you have gum disease? To find out if you have gum disease, your dentist or hygenist needs to check your teeth. At Rosewood Dental we do this limited periodontal screen at no cost to you. Early Diagnosis is CRUCIAL to treating gum disease. If additional services are required, for a fee, we can provide these services to you. Rosewood Dental offers treatment in all aspects of dentistry. Call our office today to set up an appointment. (269)-349-7393


Rosewood Dental, PLC




March 15, 2017


Forms of the toothbrush date back to 3000 BC when people would use twigs or "chew sticks" to rub against their teeth and help freshen their breath. The modern toothbrush as we know it today, was developed in 1938 and the first electric toothbrush was invented in 1939. The question is, does the power toothbrush really do a better job then the manual toothbrush? The answer is, YES!


When you brush with a power toothbrush, you do so much more for your oral health, then with a mannual one. It cleans better between your teeth, removes more plaque and helps with gum health. Now the question is HOW does it do this?

     * MORE MOVEMENT - because there is so much more movement with an electric toothbrush per minute, it can remove so much more plaque along the gumline.

    * PRESSURE SENSOR - some electric toothbrushes have a pressure sensor that help you keep gums healthy, by preventing you from brushing too hard. 

    * TIMER - most have a built in timer that help you brush for the dentist recommended two minutes


Here at Rosewood Dental we recommend using the Crest Oral-B power toothbrush. We have them for purchase in our office for the At Cost price, along with a mail-in rebate. Call our office if you would like more information, or if we can answer any questions for you. 


Rosewood Dental, PLC



March 1, 2017


There are many questions in regards to a child who needs dental work. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions that we get in our office, here at Rosewood Dental. 


     There are several reasons to fix primary (baby) teeth:

          * To avoid possible damage to developing permanent (adult) teeth

          * They help guide eruption of permanent teeth

          * They help children chew and speak properly

          * Cavities that are allowed to continue to grow may cause your child to have a toothache or a harmful infection

          * The infectious bacteria can travel around and may harm other teeth


     Your child's tooth will be numbed before the procedure to avoid any discomfort. Please try NOT to mention the word "hurt" to them prior to the appointment. This will only put ideas in their head that it may/will be painful. It is easy for us to subconsciously project our own fears onto our children. We want to be sure the visit is a positive one! 


     We will describe all procedures to your child in simple, non-threatening terms (i.e sleepy jelly, sleepy juice). We ask that you please NOT tell your child that they are "getting a shot". Most children do not realize that the slight pinch they feel is an injection. We just tell them that it is a pinch and they are okay with that. 


     Make sure that your child gets a good rest the night before, and has a good breakfast/lunch (limit the amount of caffeine and sugar). Tell them about the visit, but limit the amount of detail. Explain to them that the dentist and his helper will answer all of their questions. Stress to them how important healthy teeth are, and that the dentist is there to help them keep their teeth healthy. We will show them all of the instruments and describe the sound/feel of each. Keep in mind that it is normal for your child to be fearful of the unknown, but be assured that we are trained to deal with their fear and anxiety and will put them at ease. 


     The dentist will be focusing all attention on the child, and needs the child to focus all attention on him and what is being explained. It can be dangerous for the child to be looking around. Under certain circumstances, we may ask you to come back to the room to discuss something, but generally, we ask that you remain in the reception area. 


    We will discuss aftercare with you following the visit. The most important thing for you to remember is that you have done a good thing for your child's health. You, your child and the dentist are partners. We welcome your questions!


Rosewood Dental, PLC



February 13, 2017


Why kids suck their thumbs-

Thumbsucking is a common habit during childhood, and is normal in babies and young children. Many infants suck their thumbs or fingers during the first year of life, and 30 percent of kids continue during the preschool years. Thumbsucking is comforting for children, and they usually do it when they are:

                      * Bored

                      * Tired

                      * Worried

                      * Feeling stressed

Most kids outgrow the habit by the age of 5. Often, peer pressure in school motivates kids to stop sucking their thumbs. Thumbsucking is not harmful unless a child is still doing it at the time their permanent teeth are ready to come in, usually between the ages of 4 and 5. 


Effects of Thumbsucking-

Because the jawbones in children under 8 are still soft and pliable, thumbsucking can reshape the jawbone and cause the teeth to grow out of alignment. The upper front teeth will flare out and tip upward, and the lower front teeth will move inward. This condition is called open bite, because there is a space between the upper and lower front teeth when the back teeth bite together. 

Long-term thumbsucking may also affect the growth of the child's palate, which can lead to poor tongue placement and problems with chewing, swallowing and speaking. 


Breaking the Habit

It's important to stop the thumbsucking habit before permanent teeth begin to come in. Kids who are unable to stop on their own by age 5 may need help. there are several things you can do to help your child:

                      * Don't pressure your child to stop thumbsucking, you may just reinforce the habit

                      * Talk to your child about possible reasons for thumbsucking and ways you can work together to stop the habit

                      * Praise your child when they do not suck their thumb, instead of scolding them when they do

                      * Set up an incentive system to reward progress

                      * Ask your dentist to encourage your child to stop thumbsucking


How Your Dentist or Orthodontist Can Help

If your child still needs help, your dentist or orthodontist can place an oral appliance in your child's mouth that prevents thumbsucking. this device can help stop thumbsucking within a few days. 


Rosewood Dental, PLC



February 1, 2017


There you are, standing in the supermarket isle, with rows and rows of toothpaste. There is blue toothpaste, red toothpaste, green toothpaste, toothpaste with sparkles, toothpaste with three different colors and even plain white toothpaste. Now, which flavor should you choose? Which Brand should you choose? Do you want the typical toothpaste tube or do you want the cool stand up straight pump dispenser? The combination of choices are endless and at times overwhelming! Keep in mind, when choosing a toothpaste there are a few basic things that you should check off the list, to ensure you are getting the right kind. Everything else is mere personal choice. 

When choosing the right toothpaste for you, it is smart to first speak with your dentist, to make sure you do not have any conditions that would require certain/special types of toothpaste (i.e gum disease, sensitive teeth). Generally speaking though, the first two things you should always look for in a toothpaste would be that it contains flouride and that it has the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval. This ensures that the toothpaste has been tested for safety and effectiveness. 

YAY! You have done it! You have picked the toothpaste that best fits you and your family. 


 Rosewood Dental, PLC

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