Is Teeth Whitening Dangerous?


Many beauty products and treatments come at a cost. Botox may reduce your wrinkles, but it also pumps your body full of chemicals. Tanning booths may darken your skin a few shades, but it also exposes you to potentially harmful UV radiation.

So if you notice your teeth aren’t quite as white as they used to be, you may be wondering what you can do about it without risking your health.

When you first notice your teeth aren’t pearly white anymore, start off with solidifying your brushing and flossing schedule. It may be that you just haven’t been giving your teeth the TLC they deserve. Make it a habit to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Within a few days, brushing and flossing will become habit and you won’t even have to think about it anymore. If your teeth whiten up with some regular flossing and brushing, then the problem is solved and you can be on your way.

If, however, your teeth still aren’t as white as they could be, invest in a whitening toothpaste. Don’t turn to home remedies that could cause accidental damage. Instead, purchase a high-quality whitening toothpaste. These toothpastes are safe for your teeth, and will gradually whiten your teeth over time. Since you’re already regularly brushing, whitening toothpastes fit easily into your routine. It typically takes about a month for results to begin to show, so be patient. If a month passes and your teeth still aren’t as white as they used to be, consider buying whitening strips from the drug store.

Over-the-counter whitening strips have much more dramatic results than whitening toothpastes. They are also typically safe for your teeth. Make sure to avoid any whitening strip with chlorine dioxide in it, as this will damage the enamel on your teeth. Whitening strips can cost upward of $40 per pack, but your money will be well spent. Directly follow the instructions on the package.  If the initial application doesn’t sufficiently whiten your teeth, you may need to reapply the strips within a week or so.. As with most whitening solutions, whitening strips aren’t usually permanent. You’ll need to regularly whiten your teeth, typically once a month. Your tooth color can be maintained for longer periods of time if you floss and brush with a whitening toothpaste regularly.

Still not getting the white teeth you were looking for? Years of stains and buildup may make your teeth difficult to whiten. If that is the case, or if you’re looking for a quicker way to whiten your teeth, consider professional whitening. Find a trusted dentist, starting with a simple Google search such as “Aurora teeth whitening,” and make sure to discuss the process fully. Make sure that you understand how long the process will take and how much it will cost. Also ask how long the whitening will last, so you know if you need to make a follow-up appointment. A good dentist will ensure that the whitening treatment doesn’t damage your teeth, so you can have both healthy and white teeth.

About the Author BradR

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