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History Of Teeth Whitening Post




Teeth whitening is by far the #1 cosmetic dentistry procedure (estimates say it is around 100 million per year in USA alone) performed every day around the globe. There are many reasons for teeth whitening being so popular. A major reason is our desire to look more youthful. Teeth whitening can turn back the clock on your smile. The next reason and just as important is cost. Teeth whitening is one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures which allows it to be available to a wider range of patients. Teeth whitening might seem like a modern phenomena but it is not. Generations of people have been trying to brighten and whiten their smiles since the earliest days of civilization. Surprisingly, the basic ingredients used today have been around since early in the 19th century.

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Earliest Teeth Whitening Attempts

The earliest attempts at teeth whitening were primitive to say the least. The earliest people on earth used sticks and thorns to attempt to clean their teeth. Civilization is what led to people wanting to look their best. Looking good with white teeth was considered a sign of wealth and possible nobility. The Roman empire and Egyptian empire were ahead of their times. The Romans used a paste for their teeth composed of goat’s milk and urine! While the Egyptians used pumice and wine vinegar. The Egyptians were heading in the right direction as vinegar can remove stains and pumice can smooth the surface. Around the 12th century, the medical doctors recommended a sage and salt rub for teeth whitening. By the 17th century, the local barber was called upon for dental advice. These barbers would offer services to use a metal file to roughen the surface of clients teeth and then paint on nitric acid. The idea is to roughen the surface so the nitric acid can stick and begin to remove staining. In the mid to late 18th century, oxalic acid was used for teeth whitening again by the medical community. I am sure by now you are horrified by these crude attempts at teeth whitening in ancient times. These techniques probably had limited success but caused maximum damage.

Modern Teeth Whitening Techniques

Luckily, dentistry has advanced and we have a better understanding of dental materials and dental techniques. There are various methods offered both in home and in the dental office. Below will be a review of the different teeth whitening methods available today to safely whiten your teeth.

Teeth Whitening Toothpastes. Cheapest method of teeth whitening but also the least effective with very limited teeth whitening results. There are many different teeth whitening toothpastes on the market today by various different brands. They all tout great results but in reality the results are highly variable from patient to patient. For some with light staining this method may work well enough to make you happy. While others with extensive staining they will see little to no benefit. But in the end, for a few pennies more it is worth a try as we are all brushing daily anyway!

Teeth Whitening Strips. This method is a bit more expensive than just using a teeth whitening toothpaste. These are sold over the counter at your local pharmacy or big box store. The active ingredient in teeth whitening strips is usually the same as professional teeth whitening products. However, the dosage and concentration is lowered for safety. Again these may work well for some but not so well for others. These are also harder to use as they have a bit of a learning curve with them. These teeth whitening strips must be placed evenly across all your teeth and cannot be applied to a single tooth that might need more help than the others. These have also been known to irritate the gum tissues if the placement is off or they move during use.

ProfessionaTeeth Whitening With Custom Fit Dental Trays. This is a personalized cosmetic dentistry procedure. Your dentist will evaluate your smile and create custom fir dental trays. These trays will be comfortable to wear but also evenly distribute teeth whitening gel across all teeth quite easily. This method also allows for isolation of just a few teeth if needed. These custom fit dental trays can be worn day or night usually for a period of 1-4 weeks. This option is flexible and provides excellent results. The only downside to this method vs the previous two is cost. This method will carry a higher cost but the results are far batter. Each patient will need to weigh the pros and cons of each method for what is best for their individual smile.

Teeth Whitening Performed By Your Dentist. This method carries the highest cost but also gives you the fastest, most effective results of all teeth whitening methods. This method is completed 30 minutes to an hour right in your dentist’s office. A special light and teeth whitening gel is used for this procedure. The teeth whitening gel is highly concentrated and is accelerated by the special teeth whitening light. This makes this method highly effective and very efficient. The main disadvantage is this comes with a higher cost but I am sure you can understand why.

Disadvantages Of Teeth Whitening

Tooth sensitivity and gum tissue irritation can occur in any of the teeth whitening methods listed above. If either occurs it is best to contact your dentist. They will probably recommend a visit to office to discuss options or advise to cease using the teeth whitening products for a day or two to let things settle down. Gum tissue irritation and teeth sensitivity is generally reversible. Your dentist may recommend a sensitive teeth toothpaste like sensodyne or a topical gel (orajel) to relieve gum tissue irritation.

Maintenance Tips Of Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is highly effective but staining will occur again over time. Teeth whitening is not a one and done dental procedure. Touch ups will be needed over time. Below are some dental tips to maintain teeth whitening longer:

-Brush after every meal or at very least rinse mouth with water after eating and drinking.

-Floss to remove plaque foods trapped between the teeth

-Following teeth whitening it is important to limit staining foods and drink for about 2-3 days.

-Use a straw to drink fluids that can cause staining of your teeth.

-Lose the Habits like smoking and drinking which are known to stain our teeth

History Of Teeth Whitening Conclusion

Teeth whitening using modern dental materials has proven to safe and highly effective in whitening our smiles. The limited drawbacks can be overcome and should not hinder the desire for a whiter, more youthful smile.

Is Charcoal Toothpaste Effective For Teeth Whitening? Post



Charcoal Toothpaste is all the rage for teeth whitening. Activated charcoal is also found in other popular items like supplement pills and cosmetic face masks. It is believed that activated charcoal toothpaste can be used for teeth whitening as well as giving you fresher breath. Does activated charcoal toothpaste actually make your teeth whiter or give you fresher breath over traditional toothpastes.

What Is Activated Charcoal Toothpaste?

Activated charcoal is a fine black powder made from bone char, coconut shells, peat, petroleum coke, coal, olive pits or sawdust. The charcoal is then “activated” by putting it under very high temperatures. These high temperatures change the charcoal’s internal chemical structure by decreasing the size of its pores and increasing its surface area. Once the charcoal undergoes this change it is now more porous than regular charcoal. This activated charcoal does not contain any toxic substances that are present in charcoal briquettes used in BBQ’s. Activated charcoal is commonly used in water filters. The porosity of activated charcoal allows it to bind to everything that comes its way. This can include stains, bacteria, tartar and plaque, as well as viruses. Activated charcoal is also commonly used in patients suffering from a drug overdose or poisoning.

Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Marielaina Perrone DDSActivated Charcoal Toothpaste….Is It Safe?

This is a controversial topic but there has been no long term research to date to prove that activated charcoal toothpaste is safe. What we do know is the following:

Activated charcoal toothpaste should not be used daily. The activated charcoal toothpaste is quite abrasive and can damage your tooth’s enamel. Wearing down your enamel can thin the outer layer out making your teeth appear yellower due to underlying dentin showing through. This tooth enamel erosion can also increase tooth sensitivity significantly. If you do choose to use an activated charcoal toothpaste it is recommended not to be used daily and to use a soft touch when brushing.

Lack Of Fluoride In Activated Charcoal Toothpastes. Most activated charcoal toothpastes do not contain fluoride. Fluoride is essential in keeping our teeth strong to defend against tooth decay. The British Dental Journal found that activated charcoal toothpaste may actually increase tooth decay. But this evidence needs to be researched further. Activated charcoal toothpastes can be used in conjunction with a regular toothpaste for people who are seeking a whiter smile, but it cannot be used in place of it.

Increased Staining. For obvious reasons, introducing a fine black powder can leave stains especially in teeth with fine micro cracks. This can also occur on dental restorations like white composite fillings, porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns.

Does Activated Charcoal Toothpaste Make Teeth Whiter?

Toothpaste that contains activated charcoal may help to remove teeth staining due to the activated charcoal’s abrasiveness. The activated charcoal also has the ability to absorb surface staining through its porous nature. To date there has been no evidence that it has a natural teeth whitening effect. Current teeth whitening products work by not only removing surface teeth stains (also called extrinsic stains) on the surface of teeth but also those below the surface (also called intrinsic stains). There just is not enough scientific evidence to prove that activated charcoal toothpastes are effective in whitening your teeth. No matter how dedicated you are to using activated charcoal toothpaste for teeth whitening, a major lightening of tooth color can only come from teeth whitening treatments that have the ability to penetrate below the external surface of our teeth. Therefore, the only recommendation that can be given right now is to use activated charcoal toothpaste to remove surface staining.

Alternatives To Activated Charcoal Toothpaste For Teeth Whitening

Your teeth whitening alternative options include:

American Dental Association (ADA) approved teeth whitening toothpastes

-American Dental Association (ADA) approved teeth whitening stripsCharcoal Toothpaste Las Vegas Marielaina Perrone DDS

-In office teeth whitening

-Dentist supervised at home teeth whitening

Charcoal Toothpaste For Teeth Whitening Conclusion

Charcoal toothpaste is safe for use as a teeth whitener. It is not to be used daily and as long as you need to understand charcoal toothpaste has definite limitations when it comes to teeth whitening. At this time, activated charcoal toothpaste is not the answer if you are looking for significantly whiter teeth. Your dentist can offer you better options. As always see your dentist regularly for a healthy, happy smile.

Is Natural Teeth Whitening Possible? Post




Teeth whitening has become a very popular dental procedure increasing in size each decade. We are all aware that our dentist can provide the tools to make our teeth whiter but can it be done at home naturally? Below you will find some of the popular teeth whitening methods:

Oil Pulling For Teeth Whitening

Oil pulling, also known as “kavala” or “gundusha,” is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. This action supposedly draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health. Traditionally, sunflower or sesame oil was used for oil pulling. Coconut oil has become a popular choice because it has a pleasant taste and offers other health benefits. Coconut oil has been shown to reduce inflammation and destroy bacteria due to its high lauric acid content. There have been numerous studies done that have shown that daily oil pulling can effectively reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth. By reducing bacteria levels it can help with gingivitis. Streptococcus mutans is one of the primary types of bacteria in the oral cavity that cause plaque and gingivitis. One research study found that daily swishing with sesame oil significantly reduced Streptococcus mutans in saliva in as little as just one week.

There have been no definitive research studies to prove that oil pulling acts in a teeth whitening capacity. Many people that regularly use oil pulling have claimed their teeth are whiter

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and brighter after routinely oil pulling. Since it is a safe practice it is worth trying for teeth whitening.

Oil Pulling Directions For Teeth Whitening

Place approximately 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and push and pull the oil around your mouth and through your teeth. Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, so you may need to wait a few seconds for it to melt. Try to continue the oil pulling for at least 15–20 minutes. For the safety of the pipes in your home, spit the oil into the trash can and not down the drain. As mentioned previously, the coconut oil will return to a solid at room temperatures.

Safe for daily use in teeth whitening.

Brushing With Baking Soda For Teeth Whitening

Baking soda is known to have natural teeth whitening properties. This is why along with its light abrasiveness it has become popular in commercial oral care and teeth whitening dental products. The abrasiveness can help clean stains that have built up on your teeth but totally safe to your teeth’s enamel. Baking soda has the added property of being alkaline in your mouth which can help prevent bacteria from multiplying.

It is important to note using baking soda as a teeth whitener will be a slow process. Results will not happen quickly. Research has not yet proven that brushing with plain baking soda will have any teeth whitening effect, but several studies show that toothpaste coupled with baking soda can have a significant teeth whitening effect. Toothpastes containing baking soda have been shown to be significantly more effective at removing yellow stains from teeth than standard toothpastes without baking soda. The higher the concentration of baking soda, the greater the effect.

Directions For Baking Soda Use

Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of water. Then brush your teeth as normal with the baking soda paste. Again this is very safe and can be done multiple times per week if you wish.

Hydrogen Peroxide As A Teeth Whitener

Hydrogen peroxide is used by your dentist in their own teeth whitening products so we know it is effective and safe when used properly. Your dentist’s products will contain higher concentrations of Hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide has been proven to be a natural bleaching agent that also kills bacteria in your mouth. Many commercial whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide, although at a much higher concentration than you will use.

Using hydrogen peroxide in high concentrations or lengthy times can cause damage to your teeth’s enamel layer so it is important to use under supervision.

Directions For Use

Common concentrations of hydrogen peroxide at the drugstore is a 3% solution. You can and should dilute this concentration to 1.5% by mixing equal parts peroxide and water.

Another way to use hydrogen peroxide is by mixing it with baking soda to make a toothpaste. Combine 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and gently brush your teeth with the mixture.

Limit the use of this homemade paste to a few times per week. Overuse can erode your tooth enamel with extended use.

Apple Cider Vinegar For Teeth Whitening

Historically, apple cider vinegar is used as a disinfectant and natural cleaning product. The main ingredient is acetic acid which effectively kills bacteria. This bacterial agent can also make it effective in the mouth.

A study performed on cow teeth found that apple cider vinegar does indeed have a teeth whitening effect on teeth. Unfortunately, they also found that vinegar may erode the enamel layor of teeth. Apple cider vinegar should not be used daily. You should also limit the amount of time that apple cider vinegar is in contact with your teeth

Apple Cider Vinegar Directions

Dilute the vinegar with water and swish it around in your mouth for several minutes. Make sure to rinse your mouth with plain water afterwards to limit the acid effect on your teeth throughout rest of day.

Fruits and Vegetables

Strawberries are believed to help with teeth whitening.

Strawberries

Teeth whitening with a strawberry and baking soda mixture is a natural remedy for teeth whitening. Favorites of this method claim that the malic acid found in strawberries will remove staining present on your teeth, while the baking soda will wipe away stains.

While strawberries may help exfoliate your teeth and make them appear whiter, they are unlikely to penetrate the stains on your teeth. Recent studies have found that a strawberry and baking soda mixture produced little to no color change in teeth, compared to commercial teeth whitening products.

Do not use this teeth whitening method more than a few times a week to be safe.

Natural Teeth Whitening Conclusion

Teeth whitening comes in many forms but nothing replaces dental hygiene to limit the stain build up as well as plaque build up. Remember to speak to your dentist before undertaking any of these teeth whitening regimens to ensure safety for your teeth and periodontal tissues.

Teeth Whitening With Hydrogen Peroxide Post



Teeth whitening is a popular dental treatment but many want to know if it can be done at home? Hydrogen peroxide is a common product in most homes medicine cabinets as well as first aid kits. It has a range of uses. Hydrogen peroxide is also an active ingredient in many teeth whitening treatments. This has lead many people to wonder whether store bought hydrogen peroxide can work as a tooth whitener as well. While hydrogen peroxide may help whiten the teeth in certain situations it does not come without risks. There are some important safety issues to consider before using this product outside its intended form. Incorrectly used hydrogen peroxide can cause damage to the enamel of the teeth.

Effective For Teeth Whitening?

Hydrogen peroxide is a very common and highly effective active ingredient in many dental teeth whitening applications. Dental products containing peroxides (hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide) act as bleaching agents to change the color of the teeth to lighter shades. Peroxide when used properly can partially penetrate the layers of the teeth, removing compounds that cause discoloration leaving teeth whiter than before.

Hydrogen peroxide can come in various concentrations depending on the product. Store bought teeth whitening kits generally are below 10% while kits purchased thru your dentist can be as high as 40%.

Many people assume that higher concentrations of peroxide may lead to more side effects (tooth sensitivity and enamel breakdown) but this is not always the case. However, it does appear that the length of time that these products are applied on the teeth is vitally important.

Studies as recently as 2016 have shown that lower concentration gels had more negative effects when left on teeth for longer period of times. Higher concentration gels require less application time which can reduce enamel damage and tooth sensitivity. A study in the American Journal of Dentistry found that a commercial mouthwash containing only 1.5% hydrogen peroxide caused a noticeable lightening in human tooth enamel after just four (4) weeks.

People who already have sensitive teeth may want to speak with their dentist before using hydrogen peroxide to whiten the teeth.

Risks?

There are some common risks to consider prior to using hydrogen peroxide for teeth whitening.

Most common side effects of teeth whitening include tooth and gum sensitivity, as well as irritated or inflamed gums. If you experiences these symptoms during teeth whitening treatment should stop using the product and contact your dentist to discuss other options that mat be gentler on your teeth and gums.

Some people may prefer to undergo hydrogen peroxide teeth whitening in a dental office setting. The dentist will ask the person to come in for a cleaning first. A professional dental cleaning will allow the hydrogen peroxide to penetrate the teeth evenly giving a bright smile.

Also during this appointment, the dentist will check for cracks, as cracks in the teeth can allow the peroxide to penetrate further into the tooth. This is important as it can become a problem if the peroxide comes into contact with the underlying dentin as it is likely to cause irritation or sensitivity.

Common At Home Remedies For Teeth Whitening

There are many other teeth whitening solutions that people can use at home. Many are not effective at achieving the proper teeth whitening a dentist can.

Most of these home remedies for tooth whitening should be relatively safe to try, though. They include:

-charcoal and salt

-baking soda

-lemon juice

-oil pulling with coconut oil

-apple cider vinegar

The American Dental Association does not recommend any of these methods for at home teeth whitening. Research also suggests that some of these methods are not effective and may actually harm the teeth or cause other adverse effects. So beware of the possible consequences. It is always best to speak to your dentist prior to attempting any of these treatments at home.

At Home Teeth Whitening Conclusion

Teeth whitening is a personal choice in many cases. It can also be quite dangerous to attempt on your own at home. Seek out professional care and advice form your dentist to ensure you achieve the results you want in a safe healthy manner.