The Risks of Teeth Whitening

Hi everybody! I’m Dr. Joe Nemeth. I’m a
periodontist in Southfield, Michigan and today I want to talk about some of the
concerns with tooth whitening. Now you may know we recently did a tooth
whitening product evaluation where we evaluated five different teeth whitening
products and we give our opinion on all of them.
With teeth whitening, there are also some concerns. Let’s talk about one major
concern, and that is if you have crowns or fillings on your teeth those crowns
or fillings are not going to whiten like your teeth will. So you could have what’s
called a rainbow effect, where you have different colors when you smile or your
teeth are different colors because if you whiten them and the natural tooth
whitens but the crowns and the fillings don’t, you’re going to have a problem.
It’s going to look very strange. Number two, the teeth tend to be very, very
sensitive, and that sensitivity can last for a few days. Depending on the product
you use and how strong it is, sensitivity could be a concern and when you have the
sensitivity that sensitivity is there because the pores, the pores in the teeth,
actually are opened up by the bleaching product which also makes them actually
more susceptible to staining for a few days after the whitening is done. So
picture the tooth as a sponge and after you whiten it’s like a sponge and it’s
ready to absorb whatever comes into your mouth.
Now if its water or things that don’t stain, you’re not going to have a problem,
but if you have wine possibly coffee, tea, certain juices, grapefruit juice for sure,
then it’s going to absorb that stain and the teeth may actually look worse than
they did before because it absorbs the stain. So, you have to be really really careful for those few days after the whitening. What I have
a major concern about as a gum specialist is if the solution
is very strong and it is in contact with your gum
tissue and if your gum tissue is very thin, it can actually irritate the gum
tissue, and if the tissue is thin it can actually cause that gum tissue to recede,
particularly if you’re using some sort of a tray that is not adapted properly
and can actually press on that gum tissue. By the way, when it comes to
sensitivity, there are some things that you can use to reduce that sensitivity,
and in my previous video on teeth whitening products we mentioned the one that seems to be helpful for tooth sensitivity. Now also, as far as pregnancy
is concerned, long term studies have not really shown what possibly swallowing
some of this bleach material, peroxide or peroxide like materials what kind of
effect it can have on the fetus we really don’t know. So, if you’re pregnant
you might want to be a little cautious Some studies have shown that if your
teeth are yellow they tend to whiten a little more effectively than if they’re
grayish or brownish possibly from smoking.
So some teeth are better candidates for whitening than others. Also make sure
your mouth is healthy, because if you have gingivitis or gum disease bleaching
could actually cause irritation and be quite painful and be counterproductive.
So make sure that your mouth is healthy before you attempt to have bleaching
done, and as I’ve said before the healthier your mouth the healthier your
body, and if you want to find out more about whitening products go to my
youtube channel. Subscribe to my youtube channel. Any comments are more than welcome. If you have some questions let us know. Have a great day! Have a healthy mouth, you’ll have a healthier body. Take care! Restore your smile and your health, with the help of Dr. Nemeth and
his associates visit to schedule your appointment today!

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