We would all like a dazzling smile, but in our efforts to get the brightest one possible, are we going too far? There are a lot of ways to help achieve a radiant smile such as whitening pastes and rinses, gel strips or custom teeth bleaching from your dental office. But no matter what you might choose, always follow directions and use accordingly. Overuse of these products can actually do more harm than good and your goal may backfire!

Reader’s Digest Cautions Against Over Whitening Teeth.

Reader’s Digest (7/20, Donvito) discussed “myths about the human body” that could damage health, stating one myth is that “healthy teeth are bright white.” The article stated, “The natural color of our teeth is darker than you might think, and a quest for pearly whites may lead you to overuse bleaching products to correct your ‘yellow’ chompers.” The article reported that whitening products are safe when used properly and in consultation with a dentist, but overusing whitening products may harm enamel.

Dental professionals can direct their patients to MouthHealthy.org, ADA’s consumer website, for evidence-based information about teeth whitening. The ADA provides a complete list of toothpastes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, including some with stain removal attributes. In addition, Crest 3D White Whitestrips Glamorous White have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

http://www.ada.org/en

Consult With Your Dentist First

Because your dentist knows your oral history, it is wise to speak with him or her before starting any whitening procedure. They can advise you on your options and help you to receive optimum results. At C R Dental Group, located in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Reisman and Dr. Contrucci help their patients in all aspects of dental care, including cosmetic restorations and custom whitening. They remind you to brush and floss everyday, see your dentist and hygienist at least twice a year, and to get the facts on how to make the most of products designed to give you a brighter smile.