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12.15.2016

How Safe is Tooth Whitening?

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Consider your oral health before whitening your teeth.

Have you ever heard that whitening your teeth could impact your dental health? Teeth whitening officially started in the late 1980’s. In its initial stages of implementation, the procedure included a high concentration of bleach resulting in sensitivity of the gums and teeth for many of the patients who received treatment.

Today, sensitivity is much less of an issue, over a decade’s worth of research has proven that bleaching and other teeth whitening methods are both safe and effective. However, there are some cases where teeth whitening could do more harm than good. Teeth whitening is not recommended for individuals who have gum disease, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have had dental work done on their front teeth. Remember, everyone is different, before trying any whitening method be sure to ask your dental professional what is best for you!

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