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Activated charcoal toothpaste, over-the-counter whitening products and professional applied bleach products | by Advanced DDS
For the last two decades, the teeth whitening market has grown significantly and the American Dental Association (ADA) Council of Scientific Affairs has monitored the development of the increasing numbers of teeth whitening products. As the market for these products grow, not all have the ADA Seal of Acceptance. All products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance are shown to meet ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness.
With the increased use of teeth whitening products, it is advised for everyone to understand the risks and rewards of the top teeth whitening methods. We have checked in with dental professionals to find out whether activated charcoal toothpaste, over-the-counter whitening products and professional applied bleaching products are safe and effective.
Activated Charcoal Toothpaste
Activated charcoal toothpaste has been a popular teeth whitening method worldwide. With over thousands of positive reviews and branded as a natural way of whitening your teeth, it can easily mistaken as a safe and effective product. Activated charcoal is found in air filters, traditionally, hospitals and poison control centers to treat accident poisoning or a drug overdose. In the recent years, the superfine powder has made its way to the health and beauty market.
According to American Dental Association spokesperson Dr. Kim Harms states; “there’s no evidence at all that activated charcoal does any good for your teeth”. It is unclear whether using active charcoal is safe, and the concern with using abrasives to brush teeth could have on the gums and enamel. “There’s no scientific indication that [activated charcoal] actually works and there are better options out there that do work” says Dr. Harms.
Dr. Mark Wolff, DDS, Professor and Chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care at the New York University College of Dentistry said; “Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I still recommend any of the mainstream whitening toothpastes or seeing the dentist. The mainstream whitening toothpastes are going to be safe. There are a number of products on the market that can be too abrasive.”
If you are using a scrub that is too rough, you can wear away your enamel causing your dentin, a softer, yellow tissue, to be exposed. At this time, activated charcoal has not been given the ADA Seal of Acceptance and does not deliver fluoride.
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Whitening Products
There are many OTC whitening products available in supermarkets, drug stores or on the Internet. Products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance currently contain 10% carbamide peroxide.
It is recommended that you speak to your dentist before using any teeth whitening products. It’s important to first evaluate the current condition of your teeth. Then you should identify what your whitening goals are and decide what time and amount of money you are willing to spend on teeth whitening products.
According to the National Institutes of Health, OTC bleaching products may appear as a low-cost alternative to whitening your teeth without dentist supervision, however there is lack of clinical evidence regarding the safety and effectiveness of these products.
Results of these products may vary; however, concerns have appeared due to the potential abusive, especially in young patients, with potential harmful results. Reports have found patients leaving whitening products overnight or for long period of time resulting in sensitivity and harm to their enamel and gums.
Professionally Applied Bleaching Products:
Similar to OTC whitening products, there are many professional applied bleaching products used in dental offices. These bleaching products use hydrogen peroxide in concentration ranging from 25% to 40% and are sometimes used together with a light or laser. With the higher concentration of bleach, increased tooth sensitivity after the procedure is common side effect.
Your dentist will exam the health of your oral hygiene and determine if you are a candidate for a professional teeth whitening treatment. Professional cleaning by a hygienist may be required before bleaching can be applied. During your treatment, your gums will be protected either by isolation with a rubber dam or application of a gel. In-office professional procedure is typically complete within an hour to two hours.
Dental supervised whitening is one of the safest and effective teeth whitening treatment available.
Still Interested in Teeth Whitening?
Maintaining a healthy oral habit is one of the best natural way to keep your teeth whiten such as:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes
- Flossing your teeth once a day
- Limiting foods and drinks that stains your teeth (coffee, tea, red wine, etc.)
- Not smoking or using tobacco
- Using ADA Seal of Acceptance whitening toothpaste
Talk to your dentist before you start using teeth whitening products. Whitening may not work on all teeth, and if you are a candidate for teeth whitening, there may be certain whitening methods that may be better for you and your teeth.
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Women who are trying to get pregnant may need to check the health of their gums first. Research shows that some women who are struggling to get pregnant may be because of gum infections, which seems to have a role in the delay of contraception.
The infection in the jawbone and gums could cause inflammation in other parts of the body. The inflammation may lead to prevention of ovulation or completely stopping the embryo from implanting.
We all have a partner in our lives that supports and cares for us. They keep us safe by fighting off any unwanted visitors. We try to put in effort to see them at least two times a day because we know they will make us feel protected and refreshed. They don’t complain whenever we ask for their help because they are always ready to tend to our needs. The true, selfless hero… our toothbrush!
Our toothbrush are tools that kick plaque to the curb, keeps cavity away with the help from their partner in crime, fluoride toothpaste. The key to preventing tooth decay lies in the way we use our toothbrush. They can be very effective but it is up to us, the ones behind the toothbrush, to practice proper oral hygiene to protect and maintain clean teeth.
Here Are 5 Things To Know About Our Toothbrush
Cancer is a disease where part of the body has an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells. The body’s cells begin to separate and spread without stopping into the surrounding tissues.
The term oral cancer includes cancer of the oral cavity and oropharynx (throat). The oral cavity includes the lips, inside lips or cheeks, teeth, gums, front two-thirds of the tongue, floor and roof of the mouth. The oropharynx (throat) starts at the soft part of the roof of mouth to the back into the throat, the back section of the tongue, and the base where the tongue attaches to floor of the mouth. Oral cancer accounts for 2.9% of all cancers in the United States. If it is detected early, there is a 60% 5-year survival rate for those diagnosed and a chance to avoid being 1 of over 9,000 people whose lives are claimed each year, which is 1 life taken every hour.
Frequent visits to the dentist is a must if you want to maintain a healthy smile. Visiting the dentist is crucial to your oral health but what about the times in-between your appointments? Flossing, brushing, and using mouth wash are great ways to clean your teeth but is there more you can do to protect your teeth?
Being on a well-balanced diet and getting the proper nutrition is beneficial for your health and wellness. Your diet will also improve your oral health. Even if you have an effective oral hygiene routine, your teeth may not be fully protected unless you watch what you eat. Keeping your nutrients high will help your body fight off any possible dental problems.
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Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in America, affecting over 1.7 million people (20 years old and older). It has a negative affect on your entire body, it can harm your kidneys, heart, blood pressure, and ability to produce insulin. Did you know it affects your oral health as well? By not taking care of your body (which includes your mouth), you may find it difficult to stabilize your glucose levels. Because of this you will have an increased chance of gum disease. The ADA states that one in five cases of tooth loss is linked to diabetes. At Advanced DDS, we want to reduce this statistic by educating our patients about their diabetes and how it affects their dental health.
Valentine’s day is here and love is in the air. Are you one of many people preparing for your date? According to a study conducted by Match.com, 60% of men and 71% of women rated teeth as being the number one thing they look for in a potential date. At Advanced DDS, we want to help you keep your teeth white.
How To Keep Your Teeth White
There are a few reasons why your teeth may turn yellow. Most of these cases are caused by weakened enamel. Proper oral hygiene is key to maintaining whiter teeth. Be sure to brush twice and floss at least once a day during your daily oral hygiene routine. Poor oral hygiene can cause surface stains and bacteria to build up leading to cavities, which can also discolor teeth.
Possible Causes of Discoloration On Your Teeth
Stained teeth may be caused by certain substances we take in. Here are three common substances that may stain your teeth:
Everyone has habits that they do everyday, whether it is twirling their hair, cracking their joints, biting their nails, not getting enough sleep, being a shopaholic or swearing too often. Here are some bad oral habits that may be harmful to your teeth:
Chewing Hard Items and Using Your Teeth As Tools
Make sure you do not use your teeth as tools by staying away from popcorn kernels, fruit seeds, pencils and your nails. When you chew these things, it can lead to chipped teeth or an impacted jaw. By chewing hard items you put undue stress on your teeth which can cause microscopic cracks in them. Over time, these cracks can lead to a chipped tooth or a more serious problem. Chewing ice cubes is also bad for your teeth; cold temperatures can cause teeth to fracture. To help prevent the fracturing of your teeth chew crushed ice or baby carrots if you really need that crunch. Biting your nails is also harmful to your teeth. To help prevent yourself from biting your nails you can try using bitter tasting nail polish, holding something to prevent your fingers from going into your mouth, or stress reduction techniques. Make sure you do not open bags, rip off tags, or open bottles with your teeth. Actions such as these can also weaken teeth or cause them to chip or fracture. To prevent temptation of this, try keeping scissors or pliers handy to avoid using your teeth.
Grinding Your Teeth
A bad oral habit people tend to do when stressed is they grind their teeth (also known as bruxism). Grinding your teeth wears down the enamel which can lead to sensitive and painful teeth. It also puts a strain on your jaw muscles. If stress is the cause of your problem, you could try exercising or going to counseling to destress. Caffeine and alcohol are correlated with grinding teeth, cutting back those type of drinks may help. If you catch yourself grinding your teeth, put your tongue in-between your teeth to help discourage it. If you can’t control your grinding, go to your dentist and ask about day and night guards.
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