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By Apple Valley Dental
January 05, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth whitening  

Everyone knows brushing and flossing your teeth are crucial habits to keeping your smile clean and bright, but did you know there are plenty of foods that naturally clean your teeth? Food is a common cause of tooth stains, but if you're careful about what you eat, it can have the opposite effect.

To keep your teeth strong and bright, avoid stainers like coffee and tea and try to minimize sugary foods and drinks that trigger Teeth Whiteningenamel breakdown. Here are some teeth-cleaning substitutes:


Even if you're indulging in some sugary snacks or foods likely to stain your teeth, drinking lots of water will help flush your mouth of damaging acids and staining agents.


It may seem counter-intuitive — eating acidic food to protect your teeth? — but citrus fruits contain a lot of water and promote saliva production, which also helps clear your mouth of harmful materials.

Cheese and Milk

Not only do these foods contain tooth-strengthening proteins, calcium and phosphorus, they also encourage saliva production, which is crucial to neutralizing cavity-causing acids. Because cheese and milk contain fortifying elements, consuming them will help your teeth withstand harmful, staining substances.


This is another saliva trigger. Beyond that, carrots contain vitamin A, which keeps your tooth enamel healthy, and their crunchy texture naturally cleans your teeth. Actually, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry recommends eating many crunchy vegetables because of their natural cleaning abilities.


Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain, which some research has shown to fight stains and remove plaque from your teeth.


This green vegetable is rich in iron, an element that is said to help form an acid-resistant film on your teeth, protecting your enamel from stains and other damage.

As you may have guessed from this list, raw and minimally processed foods can be great for your teeth, particularly because they don't contain the high levels of added sugar that many tooth-damaging foods contain. Choosing foods that naturally keep your teeth clean will help you maintain a white smile, but visiting a cosmetic dentist for professional whitening will give you the best results. If you have questions about in-office teeth whitening, call Apple Valley Dental at (760) 247-6007, and we can give you more information on how to achieve your whitest smile.

By Apple Valley Dental
August 26, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
As adults, we understand that preparing and planning is a part of life. Even dental procedures like teeth whitening require preparation. Dr. Samuel Kim wants his patients to know how to get the best results from teeth whitening, and it all starts before the appointment. Teeth Whitening Before & After Side By Side

First a Dental Evaluation
For teeth whitening to work perfectly, Dr. Kim will need to evaluate you first. The best candidates for in-office teeth whitening are those who are in good dental health. If we find any dental problems, they will need to be treated before the whitening is done to make sure any complications are avoided.

There are actually different types of tooth discolorations that teeth whitening will not help. We will have to determine if the tooth stains are intrinsic, which means they developed underneath the tooth enamel. Teeth whitening is best for extrinsic stains which are normally caused by smoking, certain foods and drinks, and others. Seeing the dentist prior to your teeth whitening treatment will ensure that you are a seamless candidate.

Next: Get Ready!
After you have been told you are ready for a teeth whitening, you will need a dental cleaning to remove dental tartar as well as other residues that can only be removed at our office. Also be sure to brush and floss at home to help make sure the procedure is successful.

Be sure you have nothing else planned around the time of your appointment. In-office whitening usually takes about an hour, but extra time for preparation for protective barrier on your gums and whitening gel on your teeth is needed. After these are placed, the laser is used on your teeth. The time allotted depends on the patient and your own needs.

Your Choices include an At-Home Option
Our at-home teeth whitening option will give you results within two weeks. We still suggest you get a dental checkup and cleaning to ensure your money is well spent.

Contact our office today for more information on an in-office or at-home tooth whitening system. We want to help Lucerne Valley area patients get the smile of a lifetime! Call 248-673-2400 today. 

Teeth Whitening: Historical (and True!) Facts About Getting a Brighter Smile

The quest for a brighter smile didn’t start with Hollywood movie stars or politicians hoping to improve their appearance. In fact, tooth whitening dates all the way back to ancient Egypt and Rome. But their teeth whitening efforts are likely ones you may not be able to imagine incorporating into your own personal routine. Teeth Whitening History

Natural Teeth Whitening

Egyptians whitened their teeth using a mixture of small pieces of pumice stone for exfoliating-type properties and wine vinegar. The Egyptians prized white teeth, believing they were signs of wealth. The ancient Romans went what we would term a less-desirable route: using urine to whiten their teeth. Although it’s hard to imagine urine as a working teeth whitening method today, the surprising truth is that urine contains ammonia, which does have teeth-whitening properties.
Teeth-whitening methods continued throughout history including when 17th-century barbers would file down teeth and apply nitric acid to make them appear whiter. While their patrons may have gotten results, they likely paid for it with increased dental decay because removing the dental enamel boosted the likelihood bacteria could take hold.

Modern Dental Whitening 1980 & On

While there are plenty of questionable whitening methods over time, whitening as we know it today began in the 1980s when dentists discovered applying peroxide to the teeth could whiten them. Prior to this, peroxide was actually used as a treatment applied to the gums because it has antibacterial properties in addition to its whitening properties. However, several details had to be worked out, such as how to create a peroxide-containing gel that would whiten stick on the teeth.
Today, tooth whitening is a highly popular cosmetic service, including at our Apple Valley dentist’s office. Professional teeth whitening offers significantly greater results when compared with at-home tooth whitening gels and strips. Dr. Kim offers both in-office and take-home whitening services, which means you can choose the best option for you based on your desired results and available time.
Thanks to the dental innovations that came before, Dr. Kim is able to offer his Apple Valley dentist patients a whiter, safer smile. For more information about how you can achieve a brighter smile, please call (760) 247-6007.
By Apple Valley Dental
March 03, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Like many who have risen to the top tier in show business, singer Taylor Hicks found that he needed a few things (besides talent, of course) to really succeed: a willingness to seek out opportunities and work hard; a unique and energetic stage presence; and a bright, appealing smile.

“Everyone wants to have a great smile,” Hicks recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “In my business, it’s one of the most important things. A lot of what I do is smiling and having fun, being in front of the camera and taking pictures.”

To help him keep his smile sparkling, Hicks opts for in-office whitening treatments from his dentist. These treatments are a safe, quick and effective way to lighten teeth by 3 to 8 shades in a single one-hour visit. Best of all, you don’t have to be an American Idol winner or a Las Vegas headliner to take advantage of them — in fact, we offer them right here in our own office.

Why choose in-office treatments instead of take-home trays (or over-the-counter products)? While each system can be effective at lightening teeth to some degree, the in-office method offers several distinct advantages. For one, it’s the fastest way to get your teeth as bright as they can be; the same lightening that can be achieved in one office visit could take a week when done at home, using custom-made trays and dentist-supplied bleaching solutions — and several weeks with over-the-counter products! So if your time is limited, in-office treatment is the way to go.

Plus, in-office treatments are performed under our direct supervision. That means we can safely use the most powerful whitening gels, and achieve the maximum control over the result. This can be important when you have crowns or replacement teeth such as implants, which Hicks has. Artificial crowns don’t whiten like natural teeth, so it’s important to get just the right degree of lightening to produce an evenly bright smile.

The bottom line, of course, is the result: a dazzling white smile. “In entertainment, a big, pearly white smile makes a difference,” Hicks said. But you don’t have to be an entertainer to enjoy the benefits of a brilliant smile — we do it for plenty of “regular folks” too.

So if your smile could use a little brightening, why not call us and schedule an appointment for whitening treatment? You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

By Apple Valley Dental
November 26, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures

Clothing and hair styles may come and go, but a dazzling smile is always in fashion! If you're considering options for perking up your appearance, brightening your pearly whites is a quick and affordable way to achieve eye-catching results.

You have several choices when it comes to teeth whitening. But to get the safest, most appropriate, and most satisfying results, you should start with a proper dental examination. A professional assessment of your oral health can determine the cause of your tooth discoloration and may reveal the need for a particular treatment before, or in addition to brightening the color of your teeth.

Brightening Options

When we talk about teeth whitening, we generally are referring to “bleaching,” which actually returns your teeth to their natural tooth color. A thorough cleaning — generally part of a routine checkup — often can remove surface discoloration/staining (such as coffee, tea, tobacco or red wine).

There are basically three approaches for external bleaching/whitening of your teeth. They vary based on the strength of the bleaching solution, method of application, duration of treatment, and cost considerations.

Professional In-Office Whitening. This approach involves the carefully controlled application by a dental professional of a powerful and fast-acting concentration of hydrogen peroxide gel. Professional whitening can achieve the most significant color change in the shortest amount of time, but it is pricier than the other options.

Professionally Dispensed Take-Home Whitening Kits. These include a lower-strength peroxide gel applied via flexible plastic bleaching trays custom made by our office specifically for your teeth. The tailored fit of the trays helps ensure an even and thorough coating. A more affordable option than the in-office procedure, it also requires more time to achieve similar results.

Over-the-Counter Products. These feature the lowest-concentration bleaching gel, which is applied to the teeth using one-size-fits-all trays or strips, or a paint-on applicator. While they are the least expensive option, they take the longest to achieve maximum results and may not reach all teeth.

If you have questions about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”