The first thing people ask me when they hear that I am a dental hygienist is, “How can I whiten my teeth?” It’s actually one of the main reasons I see new patients who haven’t been to the dentist in years come in, unless they are having a toothache. I actually saw a patient 2 weeks ago that came in, first time in the office for a scheduled in office whitening. We had to tell him we could not do it because of the amount of plaque on his teeth. Even if we were to remove it that day, the gums would be raw and it would not be a happy whitening procedure. Trust me; we don’t like having to do that. Its wasted chair time for us and wasted time and money for you.
A better way to have a whiter smile and prevent plaque accumulation on the teeth is to use toothpaste that actually shows you where the plaque is left. You can’t see plaque because it’s clear. Plaque HD is new toothpaste that naturally tints the plaque so you can brush it away. The more plaque left on the teeth, the more yellow they become. After all, plaque comes from the food you eat, the bacteria and your mouth, and the minerals in your saliva. The International Journal of Dentistry and Oral Science states that, “ineffective dental plaque removal has been shown to cause demineralization, caries, gingivitis, and periodontitis ”
It takes only 12- 24 hours for the plaque to harden. When it does, it will stain your teeth. The bacteria from the plaque in your mouth cause cavities and gum disease (bleeding gums.) Without removing all of it, if you try to whiten them, you may be sensitive. It could be a sign that you have either a cavity or gum disease around certain teeth in your mouth. So the answer to whiter teeth is prevention. Prevent plaque accumulation, and your smile will be brighter than ever.