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    Do teeth whitening pastes, gels help?

    Do teeth whitening pastes, gels help?

    If you find yourself obsessing over having a minty white set teeth, it would be prudent to know how far you can go with the whitening process

    Channel surf for a few minutes and you'll notice advertisements on the tube, urging you to use a toothpaste that brightens your teeth. With so much focus on whitening one's teeth, how safe are these toothpastes in the long run?

    The safety factor
    Cosmetic dentist Dr Sagar Shah says that while these over-the counter toothpastes are effective in whitening teeth, he says one should stick to FDA certified toothpastes in the long run. Adds cosmetic and aesthetic dentist Dr Rashika Vijan, "Over-the-counter teeth-whitening toothpastes are effective only if one's teeth are clean enough to be exposed to their ingredients. They contain peroxides, which have an oxidising effect on teeth and are safe when used in low concentrations. Surface abrasive is another important component, which makes up to 50% of their bulk.

    Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) dissolves the plaque formed on the tooth surface and is non-abrasive in nature. Some toothpastes also use detergents for the purpose of freshness and higher concentrations of fluoride for desensitising effect and lesser cavity formation. These toothpastes are effective up to an extent as their constant use leads to whitening of teeth. Over-exposure of anything is bad in the long run and the same is true here. With long-term use, teeth tend to become more sensitive as the enamel, the first protective layer, is constantly exposed to the abrasive effect. It is best to consult your dentist before using these products."

    Teeth whitening
    Dentists say that the effects of whitening, when done properly, last for two years, but requires maintenance by way of a home bleaching kit provided by the dentist. This is because our diet contains staining foods and liquids. Cleaning of teeth should be done every six to eight months. However, avoid doing the procedure often to prevent injury to the teeth.

    How it is done
    The teeth-whitening procedure begins with a thorough cleaning (scaling and polishing) of teeth. A protective gel is applied to the margin of gums so that the oxidising agents used for teeth whitening do not seep into them and cause problems.

    "Next, the whitening agent (a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide) is carefully applied to the facial structure of teeth. This can take anything between 20 to 40 minutes. A slight discomfort can be experienced by the patient, which is temporary and managed by a mild painkiller," says Dr Vijan.

    Adds Dr Shah, "After treatment, a patient must follow some restrictions like avoiding having too much of hot tea, coffee or cold-drinks."


    Intrinsic factors: These are more invasive in nature as stains are trapped within the tooth surface. It could range from white spots or splotches to brown, yellow, grey strands running in the teeth. "The main cause is administration of tetracycline at an age younger than eight or mothers taking this drug in pregnancy and affecting their baby's teeth. Now, tetracycline and minocycline are not prescribed in such cases. Treatment involves laminates, veneers and crowns," says Dr Vijan.

    Soft deposits: An example includes plaque, which is a sticky substance that forms a layer on the teeth and, over time, calcifies to become tartar. The tartar absorbs stains from solid foods and liquids, which can be removed by the cleaning and polishing of teeth.

    Old fillings: "Old fillings need to be changed or polished. However, advanced decay requires complete removal and restoration of tooth with natural looking dental material. Old age causes decolourisation of teeth. The first layer of enamel wears off with time. Treatment involves use of laminates, veneers and crowns," says Dr Vijan.
    "A person who smokes daily or eats pan masala will have discoloured teeth. Following a healthy lifestyle and diet goes a long way in keeping teeth white. Brushing your teeth twice a day helps extends the tooth life," adds Dr Shah.

    Extrinsic factors: These are commonly seen on or in between the surface of crooked teeth. The best way to avoid them is to keep away from teeth-staining foods like tea, coffee and red wine. Teeth cleaning is recommended every six to eight months.

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    Re: Do teeth whitening pastes, gels help?

    Home remedies to lighten teeth

    - Fruits such as apples and strawberries, which have malic acid in them, are great natural whitening agents

    - Vegetables such as carrots, celery and broccoli increase salivation and reduce stains on teeth.

    - Dry fruits such as raisins and sugar-free chewing gums are great for reducing stains as they increase salivation in the mouth.

    - Milk and milk products such as yogurt and cheese neutralise the pH of saliva, thus helping in remineralisation of the enamel.

    - Adding a small amount of baking soda to your normal toothpaste has a whitening effect. However, this should not be continued for long as it affects tooth enamel.

    - The most important step to keep the teeth naturally white is regular brushing and flossing.





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