Is teeth whitening safe? Will there be any side effects?

//Is teeth whitening safe? Will there be any side effects?

Many people feel that all those advertisements on TV with people getting pearly whites are too good to be true. A general notion is that using chemicals may cause some side effects. Some over-the-top advertisements may be the reason for this partially unfounded fear. Though treatment from excessively amateur medical practitioners use may cause some side effects, if properly used under the guidance of a licensed dental practitioner in moderation, it is quite safe. Also, exercise caution while purchasing oral health products and remember to check with your Dentist, if you have any questions about the products.

Let’s find out why our teeth get a yellow hue. Our teeth lose their natural color due to mainly two broad factors – extrinsic and intrinsic stains. The main culprits of leaving a mark on the enamel are our regular beverages, such as coffee, tea, cola, and dark-colored foods and drinks like red wine, ketchup and sauces. Fruits like grapes, blueberries, and pomegranates too are villains in smearing our teeth. The scientific reason is that these are rich in chromogens – pigment-producing substances that take a fancy for sticking onto the enamel. It is not just superficial damage, but acidic foods and sugary beverages can erode the protective tooth enamel and make it worse by helping the chromogens to stick onto the teeth. Another culprit is tannin, a bitter-tasting compound found in tea and wine that also leans towards tooth enamel.

So, whitening our teeth is nothing but counteraction against these color-causing, damage-inducing agents. There are mainly two broad categories of whitening agents. Peroxide-containing bleaching agents and whitening toothpaste (dentifrices).The former is used in a dentist’s clinic&contains Carbamide peroxide – a bleaching agent. The most common mild temporary side effects are tooth sensitivity and occasional irritation of soft tissues in the mouth.

Trust the factors involved in tooth discoloration and understanding the process of whitening have cleared your concerns on tooth whitening. 

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COVID-19 UPDATE

We recognize the trust you place in us as your family’s Dental office.

That’s why we wanted to share an update on the actions we are taking at Aurora Family Dentistry, to keep you, and our team members safe amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus a pandemic. We in Canada are also being affected by this pandemic.

At Aurora Family Denitstry, we would like all our patients, staff and service providers to adopt safety-first protocols recommended by Health Canada.

The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) has recommended that all non-essential and elective dental services should be suspended immediately. As a consequence, Aurora Family Dentistry Offices will be closed with immediate effect to the general public.

However, RCDSO has also advised that Emergency treatment should continue, and as a result, our phone numbers will continue to be operative during business hours, and any emergency will be seen by the dentist as soon as possible.

In order to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, everyone has a role to play. It takes more than governments and actions from the health sector to protect the health and safety of Canadians.

Each one of us can help ourselves and be prepared in the event of an emergency by understanding how coronavirus spreads and how to prevent illness.

Please visit the Health Canada website for updates and more information.

Dr. Fahimay Naqvi & Dr. Amy Hothi
Aurora Family Dentistry

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