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The Dangers of Whitening Your Teeth if You Have Decay

Posted on 4/20/2017 by Dr Jonathan Ford
A patients smile before, and after whitening treatment.
Getting a bright, white smile can be something many people long for. However, it must be achieved safely. If you try and brighten your smile on your own, you could end up causing a lot of damage instead of helping your teeth look and remain healthy.

One of the most important steps to getting that white smile that boosts your confidence and gets people's attention, is talking to your dentist. Then, you will know what is safe, and what things to avoid, before you cause a problem.

Whitening with Tooth Decay is Dangerous

When you try and whiten your teeth when you have tooth decay, it could be dangerous to the health of your teeth. Teeth are naturally porous, but when you have tooth decay, those pores lead to open areas inside your teeth.

When you add a chemical into your mouth that is meant to whiten the enamel of your teeth, it can get into those holes and it can cause a lot of damage. The chemical comes into direct contact with the sensitive nerve of your tooth, which can cause pain and leave the inside of your tooth damaged.

The best way to avoid this is to go in and see your dentist and make sure that you have no tooth decay anywhere in your mouth. From there, talking with your dentist about what procedures are safe is the best bet.

He or she can tell you that you need to avoid specific things, like one-size-fits-all mouth trays, and instead, how to go about getting you the results you want safely.

Contact our of office prior to doing anything to whiten your teeth. It ensures that you are able to get the look you are going for, while still being able to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.

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