Why professional dental care is the only sensible solution.
There was a time when we would not have dreamed of attempting to do anything to our own teeth, other than perhaps pull out a wobbly first tooth (something we don’t recommend by the way).
In these internet savvy days though, many of us take it upon ourselves to try to find cheaper ‘shortcuts’ in many areas of our lives.
Whilst some of these can be useful, such as decorating tips, when it comes to medical and dental advice, this can be foolhardy and even dangerous.
In today’s AJ Dental Group blog, we will take a look at some of the more common examples of DIY dentistry that you are likely to come across if you search for these shortcuts. But please don’t try them!
By far the most common DIY dentistry tips surround teeth whitening. This is perhaps not surprising as many people believe that most discolouration simply occurs on the enamel of our teeth and can therefore simply be cleaned off. This is not completely correct as discolouration also occurs internally. As we will see in a moment, going the DIY route can lead to many potentially serious pitfalls along the way.
Let us start by looking at the commercial avenues that a lot of people follow in the form of tooth whitening toothpastes. There is a presumption that because these are commercially available, they must be safe. Even this ‘safe option’ can cause damage to our teeth though.
It is first of all worth noting that these toothpastes aim to whiten teeth by including similar active bleaching ingredients to those found in a professional teeth whitening treatment. The key difference though is in the quantity in each case. A professional whitening treatment is carried out and supervised by a dentist and the amount of active ingredient allowed is relatively large. The same is not the case for toothpastes, which can be misused or even eaten by young children and for this reason, there are strict limits on the amount of bleaching agents allowed. This means that they are largely ineffective and when it comes to whitening your teeth, you shouldn’t expect to see great results.
Where some of these toothpastes cross into dangerous territory is that they might include additional abrasive materials in order to remove surface staining. Although this may improve the whiteness of your teeth, there is also a real risk that damage can be caused to the enamel, particularly if you brush too hard. Once this becomes damaged, not only are your teeth likely to become sensitive, but the risk of cavities is much greater.
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