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What’s the safest way to whiten our teeth?

Who doesn’t want to have a beautiful smile with white, sparkling teeth? But with so many products promising us sparkling pearly whites, what’s the most effective way to whiten our teeth?  Federal Councillor of the Australian Dental Association, Dr. Stephen Lieu, tells HealthMinute that even before we start considering the process of whitening, it’s essential to see a dentist first to ensure our teeth and gums are healthy.

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So are supermarket based whitening products effective? Dr. Stephen says, “Some of the supermarket products do actually work, however, most of these have such a low concentration that it would take a prolonged period to have any effect.  The best product to use is hydrogen peroxide to safely bleach the teeth under the professional guidance of a dentist.”

Dentist, Dr. Graeme Miller says some people — no matter how many times they brush their teeth have discolouration or stains from drinking coffee, tea or smoking. He says at times yellow or brown teeth can also be attributed to more significant problems such as thinning enamel, unhealthy gums, and poor dental hygiene, so it’s not advised to jump straight into whitening without resolving any underlying causes.

So whitening the teeth alone won’t help protect the teeth or gums from cavities or diseases and while white teeth are indeed a nice thing to have, it helps to keep things in perspective.

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