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Teeth whitening: it is better to turn to professionals

When the teeth start to be stained, yellow or worse, we start to hide our teeth in photos, the smiles become discreet… the quality of life and social ease decrease. Teeth are one of the first things people notice. Hence the increasing number of people who are using teeth whitening products as part of their home oral care or are turning to professional teeth whitening treatments. But what is the best way to whiten teeth?

Why do white teeth turn yellow?

White teeth (naturally) become discolored and turn yellow, even beige or brown, due to the stains that develop both on the hard surface of the teeth (the enamel) and deeper in the structure of the teeth. Beneath the enamel is a brown substance called dentin, which becomes more visible as the enamel becomes thinner. Tooth erosion results from chronic loss of tooth tissue due to harsh chemical compounds.

Yellow teeth are due to several factors such as:

  • Drink coffee or tea
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Deterioration of tooth enamel due to aging
  • Having a poor diet (high-acid processed foods, soft drinks/sodas, sweets)
  • Dry mouth (lack of saliva means less protection for the enamel)
  • Breathing through the mouth and having blocked nasal passages which reduces the amount of saliva and prevents the teeth/mouth from rehydrating
  • Genetic factors

Teeth whitening: do not do anything

The type of toothpaste you use, regular brushing, flossing, and the hydrogen peroxide in tooth whitening devices can provide satisfactory tooth whitening. But be careful, used incorrectly, teeth whitening products can damage teeth by removing too much enamel. Teeth whitening products used without the help of a professional contain a gel containing carbamide peroxide, which breaks down into hydrogen peroxide. However, the poorly supervised application of these teeth whitening products eventually causes erosion of the enamel and promotes tooth sensitivity, in particular when consuming hot and cold liquids or acidic foods.

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Turn to teeth whitening professionals

Your dentist is a competent professional to turn to if you want to have your teeth whitened. Other professionals like dentego.fr have a network of 170 dental practices throughout France. They offer the possibility of a quality teeth whitening service with fully trained professionals and quality products. So before taking the plunge for sparkling white teeth, find out, ask questions to competent professionals.

Source:

Clifton M. Carey BA: Tooth Whitening: What We Now Know Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practice. doi.org/10.1016/j.jebdp.2014.02.006

Isaiah Ailes, David Tohidi: Degradation of Proteins Extracted from Teeth by Hydrogen Peroxide Experimental Biology 2019

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