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5 Facts About Tooth Whitening

Tal Lewinger - Friday, May 25, 2018


Here are five facts about tooth whitening that you should know:


1 One way to accomplish tooth bleaching is with the use of carbamide peroxide to change the natural color of the tooth. It is done by using carbamide peroxide to change the color of deep and surface tooth stains.It is worth mentioning that tooth sensitivity sometimes occurs early in the bleaching process because the gum tissues become irritated as a result of bleaching trays that don’t fit well. This can also cause the gums to become painful. This is a very temporary occurrence that will disappear after the bleaching agent has been removed. In very rare instances, permanent damage to the teeth can occur. Anyone undergoing a tooth bleaching procedure must be aware that, at the time of this writing, there is not enough available information to support the use of bleaching products repeatedly or on a long-term basis.


2 In addition to the carbamide peroxide bleach, your dentist will also use a bleaching lamp to increase the effectiveness of the bleach on your teeth.This results in whiter teeth that you can see almost immediately.However, you should be aware that studies show that there is no added benefit to the long- or short-term use of a bleaching lamp.


3 Another way to whiten teeth is by using non-bleaching agents tochemically or physically remove surface tooth stains.Whitening toothpaste, also known as a dentifrice,is made with polishing or chemical solutions that remove surface tooth stains with non-bleaching actions. While a whitening toothpaste does not work as quickly as professional tooth bleaching, nor does it create as dramatic a whitening effect, it does whiten the teeth on a long-term basis.


4 There are non-dental professional services that offer bleaching treatments in salons and spas. Avoid these non-professional services. The safest place to have your teeth bleached is in your dentist's office. Before you undergo the tooth bleaching process, your dentist will give you a full examination, and will also ensure that you have no cavities or broken teeth. If you suffer the discomfort of tooth sensitivity, then your dentist may also apply a highly concentrated fluoride a few days before performing the bleaching treatment. Non-dental professionals don’t have the credentials to perform these tasks. Be safe and stick with your dentist when it comes to whitening your teeth.


5 There are natural strategies that you can use to whiten your teeth without the use of bleaching agents or stain removers. Some of these methods include:


  • - A very low concentrated hydrogen peroxide solution diluted with water.
  • - Oil pulling – swish the oil around in your mouth for a minimum of 20 minutes to draw the stains out of your teeth.
  • - Activated charcoal – It draws stains out of the teeth in the same way that oil pulling does.
  • - Brushing with baking soda. While there are concerns that baking soda is too abrasive to use on tooth enamel, it rates low (at number seven) on the Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA) scale of one to 269. Dental researchers use the RDA scale to determine the abrasiveness of oral hygiene products.
  • - A combination of any of these whitening suggestions.





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