A study was recently published that has emphasised why you should get your teeth whitened by a Dentist…
This study was small in that the number of people who participated in it was less than twenty. And yet the results of this study warrant further research.
What was this study about?
A team of university scientists looked at whether or not tooth whiteners were a risk factor in oral cancer. One of the reasons the research team started to look into this is because of one of the key whitening agents in tooth whitening is carbamide peroxide. This breaks down into the bleaching agent hydrogen peroxide which has been shown to produce cancer in animals.
See, if a dentist performs the tooth whitening treatment you know that their extensive knowledge of the mouth would prevent them from placing dangerous chemicals in your mouth. As the study points out, the peroxide component of the tooth whitening wouldn’t actually come into contact with the tissues of the mouth.
Why a Dentist Should Be Supervising Your Tooth Whitening…
If you were to get your teeth whitened by a dentist there is very little or no chance that the peroxide would get absorbed by the tissue of the mouth.
At the end of the day, this study was incredibly small and so far doesn’t really say anything dentists haven’t been saying for a while: for the sake of your oral health get your teeth whitened by a dentist.
Did you know that at least two countries have passed laws saying only dentists may perform tooth whitening treatments?
They did. Early this year two Western countries decided (through their respective legal systems) that tooth whitening was the domain of dentistry. Basically, if you aren’t a dentist or qualified oral health practitioner you aren’t allowed to whiten a person’s teeth.
While this is not the case in Australia, at City Smiles we strongly recommend visiting a dentist for your tooth whitening needs. After all, dentists are qualified to look after your oral health. A dentist can tell whether or not your tooth can be whitened and what the best way of going about it is.
Do you know all the reasons for why your teeth can become discoloured?
Did you know that your teeth can be discoloured from the inside out?
We guarantee you that an over-the-counter tooth whitening product couldn’t tell you why your teeth are discoloured. Or whether or not tooth whitening is the most effective way to treat your teeth.
There are treatments to whiten your teeth if tooth whitening isn’t going to work. An example of this would be veneers.
The point is that the best thing for you and your oral health is to get your teeth whitened by a dentist.
Tooth Whitening Treatments Available At City Smiles…
At City Smiles in Melbourne we are leaders in affordable dentistry and patient care. We offer a range of tooth whitening treatments to suit your needs.
If you want a quick, effective and rejuvenated smile our in-chair tooth whitening treatment only takes an hour to complete. Using the Opalescence Xtra Boost we can visibly brighten your smile in one treatment, and to ensure that you continue to have a white smile we provide you with a take home kit.
If you would like a tooth whitening treatment that works around your lifestyle we offer take home whitening kits that can be tailor-made to suit your needs.
For more information on our range of tooth whitening options, or to book an appointment, please contact us today.