Proceed with Caution: Teeth-whitening Truths

by | Jun 18, 2019 | Uncategorized

With so many in-store teeth whitening options available, you may be tempted to select one to whiten your teeth, but this can be painful to your smile.

Nearly 50% of adults have some form of gum disease, and as we age, that number increases to 70%. Aging and tobacco use are also two top reasons that our smiles are not as bright and shiny as we would like them to be. But, whitening teeth that are supported by unhealthy gums can cause the following:

  • Tooth sensitivity. Periodontitis can cause sensitive teeth and whitening before treatment can make it much worse.
  • Gum irritation. Inflamed gums from periodontitis issues are more sensitive to whitening agents.
  • Root pain. Receding gums expose roots that are unprotected by enamel and can be incredibly sensitive to whitening agents.

Professional teeth whitening is safe, effective and affordable and will give you a brighter smile with use, however addressing sensitivity to underlying oral health issues is recommended when working towards those pearly whites.

Patients who suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia are always welcome at Wortley Road Dental. It is possible to achieve oral health and a beautiful smile with our sedation options.

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