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Teeth whitening patients ‘should seek treatment from professionals’


Teeth whitening patients 'should seek treatment from professionals'It is worthwhile seeking out the guidance of dental healthcare professionals when considering teeth whitening, as there are risks associated with making poor decisions.

While many internet and pharmacy-bought kits may be much cheaper than going to a treatment centre, the end result is sufficiently different to warrant paying more.

According to the Daily Mirror's Miriam Stoppard, professionals will apply a special teeth whitening gel and explain exactly what to do in the weeks following an appointment.

In her view, it is definitely worthwhile spending more money, as the treatment will be done with the patient's teeth in mind, rather than simply being a standard application from a box.

Ms Stoppard added: "Some online treatments, supplied from abroad (don't be fooled by a address!) may contain illegally high concentrations of bleach that may permanently damage the tooth enamel."

Last month, BBC News reported that the General Dental Council called for new legislation regulating who is able to carry out tooth whitening operations in the UK.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800565639-ADNFCR

Expert offers top tips on avoiding emergency dentistry among children


Following some easy tips could stop kids from needing emergency dentistry.  A healthcare expert has offered parents some top tips on how to prevent their children from needing emergency dentistry.

Writing in the Mirror in response to a recent NHS Dental Epidemiology Programme survey that showed a third of 12-year-olds have bad teeth, Miriam Stoppard said there is no excuse for it.

She insisted that parents need to look after children's milk teeth, as they help them learn to eat and speak, as well as guiding adult teeth into the correct positions.

To prevent tooth decay, Ms Stoppard recommended taking Vitamin D during pregnancy and brushing as soon as teeth emerge.

She also advocated using a fluoride toothpaste and sticking to water when it comes to bottled drinks.

"A baby bottle full of a sweet drink will soak their teeth in damaging sugar and acid. After age two, dilute with water and get them to use a straw," the writer commented.

Finally, Ms Stoppard said it is essential to book children in with a good dentist as early as possible.

 Dr Matt Hansen, a dentist in the US, recently told that it is not a good idea to swap tap water for mineral water for children, as this will mean they miss out on essential fluoride needed to strengthen their teeth.

‘Save up for professional teeth whitening’ if you want to be safe


It may be worth saving up for professional teeth whitening.  A writer has advised anyone wanting a brighter smile to save up for professional teeth whitening treatment in order to avoid damaging their teeth.

Miriam Stoppard told the Mirror DIY kits could "permanently damage your teeth and even harm your long-term health".

She pointed out that although kits used by professionals do contain sodium bicarbonate and hydrogen peroxide, dentists know what they are doing with the substances.

When these chemicals are used at home, they could damage tooth enamel, actually causing them to turn darker because the dentin below is exposed.

"If you want whiter teeth, ask your dentist's advice … save up money for a professional treatment that's guaranteed to work and be safe," Ms Stoppard urged.

This follows advice from the British Dental Association's Martin Fallowfield earlier this week, who told the Sun that kits bought on the internet or through beauty salons could be downright dangerous for teeth and gums.


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