Professional Teeth Whitening v Natural Alternatives


Having a pure white smile is a struggle for many people, and many tooth whitening techniques have been developed to help remedy this. Today we have many options, from home-made remedies through to DIY whitening kits to advanced technology-intensive professional tooth bleaching services carried out by professionals.

Professional tooth whitening is a term for all procedures carried out by dentists, but generally pertains only to in-clinic procedures. One common example is targeted whitening. The result is an equal shade on all teeth. The main reason why in-clinic whitening is the most effective is that high level and long lasting of teeth whiteness requires usage of aggressive materials, which can be harmful if not used by unqualified personnel, and requires equipment which can’t be carried or used effectively in the patient’s home.

The best results of professional bleaching comes with laser-supported treatments. Lasers speed up the entire process, and reach to deeper parts of tooth enamel, yielding impressive results.

Some natural alternatives come as “home remedies” which one can easily procure or prepare on their own using ingredients widely available.

One of the most common home-brew whitening products is the “domestic toothpaste” made by mixing baking soda with lemon juice. Soda is known for its abrasive properties while lemon acid has an ability deeply clean old dry stains. These two are mixed so that you get a solution with a consistency close to that of an actual toothpaste. This whitening solution is very cheap, easy to make but has a limited and short effect.

Coconut oil “pulling” is another procedure, which is even easier to prepare, but the taste may be unpleasant for some. The magic lies in a type of acid which is  in coconut oil,  and has a power to kill of all bacteria that release yellowing agents. Additionally, it keeps your breath fresh and some claim it improves gum health.

Some people mix coconut oil with turmeric, which may seem odd, but despite the fact turmeric has an ability to dye, peoples of South India have been using it as a tooth whitener for centuries.

Insofar, all these products can help whiten your teeth to some extent, but it’s not something great, and can’t last beyond a couple of weeks. These products aren’t primarily meant for whitening, and although can’t do any harm either, professional whiting still justifies its price. Whitening treatments are also by far superior to whitening strips and whitening toothpastes.

Using Utovlan To Safely Delay Your Period


Period suppression using medication has become quite popular and many women opt to postpone their period for holidays, social and official functions among other varied needs. Unlike contraceptives, these pills only delay your period for a given number of days and are thus in high demand. Utovlan is one of the popular period delay medications available in the market. Here is a brief description of how to safely delay your period with Utovlan.

What is Utovlan?

As aforementioned, Utovlan is simply one of the many period delay tablets provided in the market. Its main acting ingredient is norethisterone, which is a form of progesterone, a natural female hormone that prevents the uterine wall from shedding like it normally does during menstruation. Norethisterone acts like progesterone and can delay your period for up to 17 days.

How to use Utovlan to Delay Your Period

Essentially, Utovlan comes in a 5mg tablet that should be taken at least three days before your period starts. You must then continue to take the tablets thrice a day for the duration you want to postpone your period. It is important to remember that these pills should not be used for more than 17 days as this can result in various side effects. The medication is not a contraceptive and only delay the shed off a few more days when it is almost due. The exact time in your cycle and how often you should use the pill varies from one person to another and will be determined by your doctor. Read through the information and instructions given in the packet leaflet.

Best Practices

Women on other progesterone medication have a higher risk of developing vein blood clots. You should stop taking Utovlan should you experience any of the following symptoms;

  • Swelling and pain in one leg
  • Breathing and coughing pains
  • Coughing blood and sudden state of breathlessness
  • Severe chest pain
  • Disturbed vision and hearing
  • Fainting/collapsing/epileptic seizure

Consult your doctor for nausea, fatigue, appetite loss, darker urine and vomiting. If you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, suffer heart failure, epilepsy, diabetes or asthma use this pill with a lot of caution. Obese women and those with a history of depression, migraines and women who smoke should also be very cautious when using Utovlan. Pregnant women, those who have once suffered liver trauma, breast cancer, jaundice and heart attacks must never use this period delay supplement.

The Different Types of Dental Implant


There are more than 50 manufacturers of dental implants, including materials for restorations such as crowns and abutments. As such, dentists have several alternatives for different needs. There are mainly two implant systems namely one stage systems and two stage systems.

However, there are implant systems that are covered with gum tissue then left to integrate to the bone. In the case of the above-mentioned stages, the implant is uncovered. As such, these particular systems possess a small connector known as a healing abutment that attaches the implant to the part of the mouth just above the gum. Subsequently, the gum tissue around the connector heals. For one stage system, there is a slight protruding from the implant through the gum tissue.

Types of Implants and Restorations

In additional to the already mentioned implants, there exist mini implants and micro-mini implants. The former resemble traditional implants with the exception of being in smaller whereas the former are highly variable and have a screw-like appearance. The latter are easily removable are they are made for temporal purposes.

Single tooth replacements use a single implant supported by the same number of crowns. Multiple tooth replacements are used to replace several missing teeth and come with supporting fixed bridgework. This bridgework could be as small as three units, which are supported by two implants. In the case of multiple implants, then it means a greater number of units will be needed. Typically, a full arch or jaw of teeth is replaced using four to eight implants.
There is also a combination of fixed and removable bridgework that is commonly used in the case where the implants support fixed bridgework. However, the uniqueness here is there is a removable section of the implants. Over-dentures replacement is used when two or more implants provide stability on the denture not to mention preserve the underlying bone.

In this case, bone protection is important because traditional full dentures cause gum and bone damage due to resorption. In this case, the implants could be the standard issue or mini-sized. As such, over-dentures are currently considered the standard care for individuals who have lost all their teeth.

The aspect of orthodontics that uses implants of different sizes to provide anchorage for tooth movement is also becoming common. This helps to provide easier and quicker tooth movement. Lastly, temporary bridgework uses micro-mini implants that are removable once the permanent implants are healed, which means the teeth will have been permanently replaced. As such, everyone has the surety of having teeth throughout their lifetime.

Using dental implants is a sensitive matter, and it requires high-end expertise for the dentist to do a bio-compatibility evaluation among other supporting research for the replacement to be a success.