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How Safe Is Teeth Whitening?


sleeping man 1In the quest for beauty, many people are choosing to have their teeth whitened by the dentists or with home whitening products.
By Varian Sperks

In the quest for beauty, many people are choosing to have their teeth whitened by the dentists or with home whitening products.

The method of teeth whitening and home teeth whitening was first presented around 1989, giving the medical and consumer health awareness communities enough time to judge its effectiveness and safety. Generally, the teeth whitening process has been given a good report in regards to both safety and effectiveness.

It’s important to consider several elements when considering teeth whitening processes. Remember the following points:

sleeping man 2Both medical and consumer communities have raised some concerns about the risks involved with bleaching. Some bleaching agents may pose cancer-causing risks.

On the other hand, studies have demonstrated that the concentration of carbamide peroxide in teeth whitening is now believed to cause cancers of the gums or mouth tissue. There is a natural agent present in human saliva that seems to offset the amount of peroxide given off by the teeth whitening agents.

Consideration and attention has also been given to the fear of bleaching agents causing a tooth’s enamel to wear off or be damaged. After careful study, the medical experts now say that more damage is done to a tooth’s enamel by soft drinks or fruit juices than tooth whitening bleach.

The issue of nerve endings being affected by teeth whitening is still in its early stages since this can be studied only in longer intervals such as five to eight years after the teeth whitening procedure. Despite this concern there is still little damage being shown to teeth that have undergone whitening and been in for a five sleeping man 3to eight year checkup after the process.

While it isn’t possible to have teeth whitening done if you have caps or crowns on your teeth it is possible to undergo the procedure if you have had simple fillings or root canal procedures. So far the dental histories have not shown any problems from this procedure, but studies are still in their infancy.

While the above mentioned studies are valid and accurate it is still best to consult with your dental health professional to decide your best course of action.

Every patient has a unique dental history, so what works for some people may not be the best choice for you. Even the most perfect smile isn’t worth posing risks to your health.

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