Is Tooth Whitening Safe

There’s a lot of attention focused on having our teeth looking good and a nice sparkling smile which is possible to achieve as a result of using a tooth whitening product. A question you may be asking yourself is whether using these products are harmful to your teeth and are they safe to use. The research done for over a decade has proven that bleach and other whitening methods are both safe and effective to use.

With several products available today shown to have no adverse effects on teeth or gums after extensive clinical and laboratory testing remove any reservations you may have had. When you read the packaging look for one that is clinically proven and be sure to follow the instructions carefully and consult a Cloverdale dentist.

Sensitivity was an issue with earlier products with their high bleach concentrations, the bleach gels used today are well buffered and have eliminated the sensitivity problem. It is possible to experience some sensitivity after a teeth whitening procedure particularly when consuming hot or cold foods but usually disappear within 48 hours after treatment has stopped. Listed here are some tips to further eliminate sensitivity:

  • When using a tray application try using it for a shorter period of time
  • Use a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth that contains potassium nitrate to help soothe tooth nerve endings
  • Get a recommendation from your dentist or pharmacist for a product that contains fluoride which helps to demineralize your teeth. Brush it on before wear or use in your trays for 4 minutes before or after teeth whitening procedure
  • Give your teeth a chance to adapt to the whitening process and stop doing it for a few days. Within 24 hours the sensitivity will cease and the more you whiten the less sensitivity you should experience

There are some situations where your dentist will advise against teeth whitening as follows:

  • Anyone with gum disease, extremely worn enamel, cavities or unusually sensitive teeth
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers
  • If you have tooth colored crowns, caps or other dental work in your front teeth which cannot be bleached. For more information on teeth whitening or when it’s time to book your checkup contact Cloverdale Crossings Dental.

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