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DIY Whitening: What You Should Know

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Uncategorized

Whitening products that can be purchased online or at the drugstore have become ubiquitous. You’ve probably seen ads on magazines or social media for easily obtainable whitening products that promise pearlier whites after one use. The appeal is obvious. After all, everyone wants shiny, white teeth! But do these products really work, and more importantly, are they safe?

The good news is that these products will typically give you some results, to an extent. The ingredients that actually do the whitening—usually carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide—are present in many over-the-counter (OTC) whitening options, but in much weaker concentrations than what you’d receive in the dentist’s office. This means that you can’t receive the same results as quickly or effectively as you would from a professional treatment.

The bad news? Sometimes DIY whitening products, particularly those indie brands you may have seen advertised on Facebook or Instagram, are completely unregulated. They may not even have active whitening ingredients in their formulas, or may use a “magic light” that doesn’t do anything. Conversely, the active ingredients can be too strong, and dangerous to use and ingest.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive, easily accessible whitening product, Crest Whitestrips are probably the best, safest option. They are regulated and accepted by the American Dental Association, and will give you some small improvement in the whiteness of your teeth. But for long-lasting, dazzling results, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.

Consult your dentist today about which whitening option is best for you, and get ready to show off a beautiful, whiter smile!

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The unexpected side-benefits of iodine-based mouthwash

A new mouthwash, designed by the Biomedical Development Corporation (BDC), seems to have a very impressive an unexpected side-benefit: lowering your cholesterol! In the April of 2013, BDC presented the data gathered from their clinical testing of their new mouthwash to the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Their new, iodine-based mouth rinse was clearly effective […]

May
14

When is a Second Root Canal Needed?

All surgeries have a risk of complications, and root canal treatment is no different. There are many different reasons why your root canal may need retreatment or an additional surgery. Although it is not common for root canals to fail, here is why they sometimes do and why retreatment is your best option. Bacteria Endodontists […]

May
7

Could Fillings Become a Thing of the Past?

Could fillings be a thing of the past? Scientists in London have developed a pain-free filling that doesn’t require drilling or injections. Normally, a dentist would remove the decay by drilling and then the cavity is filled with a material such as amalgam or composite resin. The new treatment technique, developed by King’s College London, […]

Apr
23

Natural Ways to Fight Tooth Decay

You may not have realized it, but one of the chemicals in your oral care product comes from nature, and is vital in helping prevent decay. The plant-based chemical, Trans-Chalcone protects against harmful mouth bacteria and prevents the build-up of plaque. It is found in Liquorice root and blocks the key enzyme that lets bacteria […]

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