Dr. Nishit Dixit, MDS
Is dental whitening safe, this is the question people often ask their dentists. Another question the dentists often encounter is, “Does whitening damages the tooth enamel?” There are many other questions related to dental whitening people want to know but they don’t get the proper answer. Let us discuss a few of them.
Let us start with the formation of our teeth. Our teeth have a shiny, and hard outer layer known as enamel. This outer layer of the tooth covers the crown and is visible from the gum. The enamel of the tooth’s hard outer surface is the first defense against physical and chemical harm to our teeth. Often it loses shine due to improper brushing, not cleaning regularly, plaque, chemicals, junk food, soft drinks, tobacco, smoking, and acidic food agents. People then ask their dentist for whitening procedures in order to restore the shine.
Saving the Tooth Enamel
The easiest way to prevent enamel damage is to control your food habits. One should avoid sugary and acidic fruits and beverages for the sake of their teeth. These types of foods are the most damaging substances for enamel. When such food item sticks to teeth, it interacts with bacteria to produce lactic acid. This eats away the healthy minerals. Eventually, it may lead to the loss of enamel. Also, avoid chewing the hard things especially the hard candies, lollipops, etc.
Repairing the Damaged Enamel
The yellow discoloration of a tooth is the most common sign of damaged enamel. Teeth Whitening is one of the solutions for such yellowish teeth. Now the question is, whether whitening of teeth is safe? It is debatable. Some experts suggest that the agents found in teeth whitening treatment can damage the developing teeth. The pulp chambers can fall victim to these agents, which can cause sensitivity.
Modern dentistry has found the solution to the problem. The yellow color of teeth is caused by the damage of dentin a layer below the enamel. The dentist applies a coat with a whitening solution on the front surface of the tooth. This solution travels through the tooth enamel to the dentin. This lightens the stain on the inner layer and the process takes about an hour. But this process needs to be undertaken at a reputed clinic and by an expert not by a quack
The poor chemicals and the cheaper solution can really damage the teeth and their enamel. Always rely on standard procedures conducted by specialists. For such issues, you can consult our experts at Mera Dental Clinic also. For more such expert advice visit our clinics or visit our blog here.