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Some Useful Facts About Teeth Whitening:


1. Tooth Whitening is a very popular cosmetic dentistry procedure that can deliver beautiful results quickly and easily

 

2. All teeth naturally become discoloured with age; very few people are actually born with naturally pearly white teeth.


3. ‘Hydrogen Peroxide’ or ‘Carbamide Peroxide’ are the active bleaching ingredients which are currently used in teeth whitening.


4. A new European Council Directive bans the use and sale of tooth whitening products which contain over 6% Hydrogen Peroxide or 18% Carbamide Peroxide. Products containing more than 0.1% and up to 6% can only be administered in the first instance by a dentist, and thereafter on the prescription of a dentist. Tooth whitening is also restricted to those over 18 years of age.  Any course of tooth whitening has to be preceded by a full clinical examination to ensure the suitability of the case, in particular the absence of any oral pathology.

 

5. Most “DIY” teeth whitening products purchased “over the counter” do not contain enough peroxide to effectively whiten teeth.


6. Teeth whitening only works on natural teeth;
Teeth Whitening will not work on dental crowns, veneers, or teeth with large fillings.

 

7. Teeth whitening works better for people with yellow and light brown teeth that have stained naturally over a period of years. People with dark brown or greyish stains may require more intensive treatment.


8. Most teeth whitening treatments normally take three to four weeks to complete. Some treatments like ‘power whitening’ can be completed in one visit, but the results don’t last as long and there is an increased incidence of sensitivity.


9. Teeth Whitening doesn’t last forever, however many people who have their teeth whitened report whiter teeth even 3 years after having it done.


10. Well known short-term side effects of tooth whitening may include increased tooth and gum sensitivity
, white blotchy patches on the teeth themselves and white patches on the gum line. These side effects are usually short lived and subside shortly after treatment has finished.


11. Whitening toothpastes do not improve the colour of teeth, but may be more effective at removing staining
 to restore the tooth’s natural colour.

 

12. Is it safe? Yes. Clinical trials and studies have found it to be a very safe procedure. However, it is not recommended to bleach your teeth if you are pregnant or have tooth decay or active gum disease.

 

13. It will typically depend on the Whitening procedure you go for but most people who consult with their dentist for an in-house procedure or a take home whitening kit tend to see their teeth come up around three to four shades lighter.

 

 

Useful Whitening tips: 


1. If you are considering using a home teeth whitening kit, seek the advice of your dentist first. Make sure you have had your teeth professionally checked for tooth decay and gum disease before any form of teeth whitening treatment.


2. Always have your teeth whitened by a registered qualified dental professional.


3. Cut down on food and drinks which will stain your teeth such as tea, coffee, red wine and cola.

 

 

 

Good dental habits for Babies & Children to ensure healthy teeth into adulthood.

It is vital to establish a good oral hygiene routine from a very early age in children. It is up to a parent to instil a healthy approach to brushing.

As soon as your baby’s first tooth appears it is time to begin cleaning twice a day. Some babies are born with their first tooth emerging but generally a baby’s first tooth will start to emerge as early as 3 months or as late as their first birthday. As soon as the first tooth appears this is the time to begin oral hygiene. You child will have 20 milk teeth by the time they reach two and half years old.

How to clean your child’s teeth?

You can clean your babies teeth with a soft gauze (wrap the gauze around your finger and rub gently) or with a soft bristle tooth brush with a small head. You should clean at least twice a day – morning and last thing at night.

How much tooth paste to use?

The amount of toothpaste you use for your children varies by age. You should use no more than a thin streak of toothpaste to brush an infant’s teeth. Use half of the amount that is recommended for adults (pea-sized amount) to brush your children’s teeth who are older than 5 years.

By following these guidelines, you won’t have to buy toothpaste as often. You will also avoid damaging your and your child’s teeth with excessive fluoridation which is common among those who use more toothpaste than needed.

At what age should you bring your child for a dental check-up?

You should try to bring your child for regular check up’s from the age of two. This is important as your child has the majority of their baby teeth at this age and it will also help them not fear the dentist. Bringing your child along with you while you have a check- up is a very good way to get them used to the noises and surroundings.

Diet advice to prevent the early onset of tooth decay and gum disease.

Try to reduce the amount and frequency of your child’s sugar intake.

You should try to wean your child off sippy cups and bottles as soon as possible.

If you use prepared foods try to use ones that are low in sugar or sugar free.

Avoid fizzy drinks, fruit juices and squashes as the sugar content in these is generally high.

If your child brings a bottle to bed at night only give them water in it.

Try to avoid giving your child dried fruit snacks between meals as these are high in natural sugars.

 

  

Good oral hygiene can prevent problems such as tooth decay and gum disease so start early.

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