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Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

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Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure to improve the look and appeal of your teeth. It involves the use of whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes, whitening pens, strips and trays to remove discoloration and make your teeth look white and shiny. Teeth whitening also involves bleaching of the teeth using different concentrations according to the patient’s desires. Even though it is an old procedure, many people still ask if teeth whitening is safe. The answer is ‘yes, it is.’

After decades of use and experimenting, dentists have concluded the worst that can happen is sensitivity to hot and cold food as well as beverages.. But that too lasts for a few days and returns to normal.
How Teeth Whitening Works

Here’s how teeth whitening works:
1. Cleaning
This usually involves the removal of bacteria, ...

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Tips to Prevent Tooth Decay

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Tooth decay affects over one fourth of all the children present in the US aged 2-5 years, one eighth aged 12-14 an
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90% of adults aged 40 and above. This high number is because of the lack of awareness that is present among patients on how to prevent tooth decay. When the harmful bacteria is not cleaned regularly, they accumulate at the base of the teeth and harden, forming plaque, which if not cleaned turns into tartar, which is a major contributor to tooth decay. Listed below are a few tips you should start practicing to prevent tooth decay and unwanted trips to the dentist:

  • Oral hygieneprevent tooth decay

It is important to take care of your teeth. Some of ...

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Why Can’t I Smoke After A Tooth Extraction?

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Having a tooth extracted always prompts a multitude of questions concerning the aftercare of the extraction site. But, one of the most common concerns involves smoking or using a straw. Both these activities require a sucking motion, which is best avoided during the first 24 to 48 hours following tooth extraction.

Continuing tobacco use immediately after a tooth extraction puts you at risk for a condition called “dry socket” as well as other concerns. The healing process is a critical time and smoking can have negative effects on the extraction site.

Tooth Extraction Aftercaretooth extraction

After a tooth extraction, a blood clot normally forms to protect the empty socket while it begins to heal. It will dissolve as healing progresses. Smoking during the first 24 to 48 hours changes the pressure ...

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The What, Why and How of Root Canal Treatment

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root canal treatmentRoot canal treatment is one of the most feared dental procedures. People are usually nervous about their first root canal treatment because of the procedure having a reputation for being long and complicated. Patients who understand why the treatment is necessary and what’s going to happen during the procedure are usually much calmer and less fearful about root canal treatment.

Why is root canal treatment necessary?

The human tooth has a pulp chamber or root canals beneath the outer enamel and inner dentin layers which contains connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerves. If you have deep tooth decay or gum disease, it can cause inflammation of the pulp chamber, which can lead to pain in that particular tooth as well as other surrounding areas.

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Should You Throw Out Your Mouthwash?

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Visit the mouthwash aisle at a local pharmacy and you will be greeted with claims of plaque-fighting, bad-breath- busting, teeth-whitening, almost-magical solutions. These colorful liquids hold no magic, but they do have significant benefits. Dentists swear by them, but some critics are not convinced with these claims. Let’s look at the pros and cons of mouthwashes.

The Pros

Mouthwashes help in:

  • Fighting gum disease and significantly reducing the chances of getting gingivitis (painful gum inflammation)
  • Getting rid of bacteria which causes bad breath
  • Helping prevent cavities by strengthening tooth enamel
  • Soothing canker sores (at least those mouthwashes with no alcohol content)
  • Helping lower the risk of preterm or low-weight births due to periodontal disease in pregnancy

The Cons

Have a High Alcohol Content

Some mouthwashes have high alcohol content. This might irritate your gums and be painful if you happen to ...

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