Ten Facts About Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening remains hugely popular in the UK and has seen the number of treatments steadily rise over the last decade. Ensuring that tooth whitening must be carried out by a dental professional has eased the concerns from consumers worried about the safety and quality of service they are receiving.

Ten Facts about Tooth Whitening

  1. A third of all cosmetic dental treatments carried out involves tooth whitening.
  2. Few people have brilliantly white teeth, and your teeth naturally become discoloured as you get older.
  3. ‘Hydrogen Peroxide’ or ‘Carbamide Peroxide’ are the active ingredients which are used in tooth whitening.
  4. Most tooth whitening products bought over the counter do not contain enough peroxide to be effective and are unlikely to change the colour of your teeth.
  5. Tooth whitening only works on natural teeth and will not work on dentures, crowns or veneers.
  6. Most tooth whitening treatments normally take two to three weeks.
  7. Tooth whitening can last up to three years.
  8. Known short term side effects of tooth whitening can include increased tooth sensitivity, sore throats and white patches on the gum line.
  9. Whitening toothpastes do not affect the colour of your teeth, but may be more effective at removing staining to restore the tooths natural colour.
  10. Tooth whitening is only rarely available on the NHS.

Further information is available from https://www.dentalhealth.org/

Oral Health Issues Surrounding Smoking

Although most of our patients attend every 3 or 6 months for treatment with our hygienist and examinations with Richard, and on the whole, maintain a good oral health regime, there are still a few that compromise some of their good dental habits through smoking.

Despite the fact that smoking isn’t seen to be as trendy as in previous years, and the financial costs of smoking  being so much higher, some people still find it hard to stop. This is unfortunate as smoking causes a lot of harm, not just to your general health, but also your oral health.

One of the more antisocial aspects of smoking is the smell. Bad breath can be offensive and lead to people wanting to avoid talking to you. It is not just the smoking smell on your breath and clothes that could be a concern, but the possibility of halitosis caused by gum disease. Smokers often have a dry mouth, and smoking slows down healing. Gum disease is more likely in smokers than non-smokers. This is a serious risk to the security of your teeth if the periodontal disease is left un-treated.

Here at Battle Hill Family Dental Practice we can now offer a Stop Smoking Service Referral, provided by https://www.northumbria.nhs.uk just ask either Richard or Margaret at your next appointment.

Some helpful websites:

http://www.nicorette.co.uk/stop-smoking

http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/smoking

http://www.givingupsmoking.co.uk

https://quitnow.smokefree.nhs.uk

 

Richard’s Charity Run

 Richard and his daughter, Imogen, are taking part in the Great North Run 2016 to help raise funds for The Stroke Association in memory of Richard’s Mum. If you would like to make a donation to this charity and help Richard and Imogen raise their target of £1000 please either log on to their JUSTGIVING page and search “Richard and Imogen Parker” (and there we are!) or simply drop some change in the collection box next time you’re in the practice. Thank you very much!!