What Is Tooth Bleaching?

Posted by J Darrel Jensen on Monday, July 7, 2014 Under: Dental Concerns
Teeth bleaching has become the most requested dental service resulting in over 100 million Americans spending $15 billion just to receive this procedure. In fact, teeth whitening has been around for some time. The Ancient Romans used urine and goat milk to attempt to whiten their teeth. Though there are many different methods of whitening nowadays, they all contain carbamide peroxide, a solution about a third the strength of hydrogen peroxide. Carbamide peroxide and water react together to create hydrogen peroxide, which penetrates holes in the enamel of teeth to break down stain deposits. In other words, the peroxide bleaches tooth enamel to change its color.

Sensitivity is common in 1 out of every 4 bleaching cases. Here are some ways to avoid having sensitivity:
  • Using sensitive toothpaste
  • Bleach every other day, rather than every day
  • Use a soft toothbrush
  • Use fluoride rinse

If you are interested in naturally keeping your teeth white, there are some foods that naturally promote teeth whitening. Apples, celery, and carrots support tooth whitening as they increase saliva production, the mouth's self-cleaning agent. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to call or visit your dentist.

In : Dental Concerns 


Tags: bleaching  mouth  care 

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