Getting Past Your Dental Fears And Learning About Technology

Several years ago I decided to take a trip to the dentist after skipping multiple appointments for over 15 years. I truly had a dental anxiety and had a hard time getting over my fears. Thankfully, my dental visit went smoothly with only four cavities identified. What I did find from this dental visit was that there was a great deal of new information and technology that I had been missing out on. Laser-based technology and digital imaging are just a few examples. With this blog, I want you to understand that you can get over your fears and learn about this new technology like I did, so enjoy the information.

Reasons You Shouldn't Whiten Your Teeth At Home

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With many whitening products on the market, from toothpaste to whitening systems, it is tempting to whiten your own teeth. Although these products are readily available, it does not mean they're safe to use. There are major reasons whitening should be left to your dentist.

Propensity For Damage

The most important reason you shouldn't whiten your teeth at home is that you could cause damage. At-home whitening systems can easily damage the enamel of your teeth, especially if they are used too often. Some people may already have thin enamel and not realize there is a problem. As the enamel thins, you'll notice tooth pain and sensitivity. Thinner enamel also makes your teeth vulnerable to bacteria that cause cavities. Another danger is damage to your gums. The products used for whitening, especially baking soda or other gritty substances designed to "polish" teeth can easily irritate your gums. The product will essentially cause small scratches, which can cause your gums to turn red or even bleed. Once your enamel is gone, it will take significant work to rebuild the enamel.

Poor Results

Many people who whiten their teeth at home simply use a product without much thought and may not be satisfied with the results. Professional whitening treatments only start after your teeth are in the appropriate condition for whitening. This might include routine or deep cleanings. Tartar buildup can cause discoloration of your teeth and make it difficult to determine whether discolored areas are beginning to decay, are stained, or simply need to be cleaned. Additionally, you may need other treatments, such as fillings before whitening your teeth can start.

Once the basic issues are handled, it is easier to see what areas will benefit from whitening treatments. Dentists also know how much whitening you need to reach a reasonable level of whiteness. Often people overestimate the amount of whitening they need and strive to achieve bright white teeth, which appear unnatural. Your dentist may also whiten your teeth in stages, making your teeth a few shades whiter with each treatment. Whitening a small amount at a time reduces the likelihood of damaging your teeth and gums or causing an uneven color. You don't want your teeth to end up varying shades of white.

If you want to whiten your teeth at home, talk to your dentist about at-home systems they recommend. Using whitening products that you chose on your own could cause considerable damage to your teeth and gums and may leave you with an undesirable outcome.

Contact a dentist to learn more about cosmetic dentistry services. 


24 July 2023