Sunday, December 17

Dangers of Dental Whitening

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You might be considering tooth whitening.  But for many, the process may not deliver desired results, and they may have problems with the whitening process.

With all the colas and coffees and smoking which can stain the teeth, it is easy to understand why there’s been a rise in the numbers of Americans wanting to use whiteners to rejuvenate our smiles.

Sandy Emerson, who is seeking a brighter smile, uses whitening toothpaste and white strips because of some discoloration in her teeth from drinking coffee, and too much tea. “I do like the results; I noticed that my teeth did get whiter by using the products,” Sandy says.

But before you run out to the store to buy an over-the-counter product, first, and most important, make sure you don’t have any underlying dental disease, like bone or gum disease or gum recession.

While examining Sandy, her dentist told her that she had a small cavity starting in one tooth, caused by the bleaching in that area. He said his office sees many patients who have cavities that appear dark on the teeth. According to Sandy’s dentist, people think they can bleach that away, but it doesn’t work. Such cavities should be treated, which will sometimes whiten teeth.

Sandy’s dentist said this is very common because many patients brush their teeth too hard, thinking that they are going to get the stain off their teeth. But what they are doing may damage the enamel, and also increase the tooth’s sensitivity.

Some people who use bonds on their teeth believe that bleaching will whiten, but unfortunately the bond will not change color. As the teeth whiten, the bond will look darker and darker.

The same problem holds for crowns.

It’s crucial to keep in mind that tooth whitening can’t replace good dental hygiene. Of course, you should be brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, and seeing the hygienist on a regular basis.

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