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Dental Professionals Talk About the Pros and Cons of Teeth Whitening

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Teeth whitening has its perks, but some dental professionals want you to know about the possible side effects, too.

 

Many Australians agree that having whiter looking teeth boosts their confidence. But how does it affect their overall health? Even the professional dental community is divided on this question.

There are strong cases from both sides of the fence regarding the debate on teeth whitening Adelaide. Unfortunately, it’s hard to know what is real and what is not because so much of the information out there is subjective.

According to a 2013 article published in Cosmetic Dentistry, “teeth whitening has become an integral part of the dental profession”. The article goes on to say that “the procedure has grown dramatically in popularity over the past several years, and it is now one of the most requested procedures in dentistry.”

According to the 2015 article published by Dentalcare.com, “whitening treatments are popular among adults because they make us look and feel younger.”

However, not everyone agrees that teeth whitening Adelaide is the way to go. For example, a 2015 article published by GDL News highlights a study conducted by The National Institutes of Health (NIH) which found that “teeth bleaching products can break down an important protein known as collagen within the teeth and gums.”

The article says that “in a lab, the researchers exposed human gum tissue and extracted collagen from it”. The extract was treated with a whitening solution. The result? “Collagen exposed to bleaching products showed signs of degradation as evidenced by a loss of its normal triple helix structure.”

The GDL News article also quotes the 2015 Journal of Dental Hygiene piece, saying that “bleaching can weaken your tooth enamel by disrupting its crystalline structure.”

According to the ADA (American Dental Association), it is safe for people with healthy teeth and gums to whiten their teeth. But it only recommends the process for people who have a discolouration of their teeth caused by age, stain, or tetracycline (a type of antibiotic).

The ADA recommends that patients take pre-treatment precautions like avoiding certain foods and beverages before whitening because they may cause sensitivity. The association also suggests talking to your dentist about whether it’s a good idea to whiten your teeth.

So, what’s the final word on this matter?

The professional dental community seems divided about whether or not teeth whitening is genuinely safe. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regulates tooth whitener products as medical devices, but it doesn’t specify how they should be made. “Manufacturers are only required to ensure that their products are safe and that their claims and directions for use aren’t misleading.”

In conclusion, the debate on whether teeth bleaching is safe continues. If you want to pursue the process, make sure you discuss this with your dentist first and take proper safety precautions before undergoing treatment.