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Teeth Whitening Treatments – In Office or DIY?

Who doesn’t want to have white, shiny, perfect teeth? White teeth are considered a sign of well-being and even lend you an image of good social standing. Most people feel more confident with a flawless smile. Regardless of the reason, the trend is here to stay.

Teeth Whitening Options

Since white teeth are so sought after, plenty of teeth whitening treatment options are available. While there are a lot of DIY treatments out there, incorrect or excessive use can damage your teeth. The best option is to go for an in-office tooth whitening treatment. If you would not entrust treatment of your body to an over-the-counter treatment, why would you do so for your teeth?

Here is a look at common teeth whitening options.

Over-the-counter Whitening Kits

DIY or over-the-counter kits come in different kinds –

·         Teeth Whitening Toothpastes

Some toothpastes promise instant whitening. Teeth whitening toothpastes may work if you already have shiny teeth but they are unable to remove already deposited plaque from your teeth.

·         Chewing gum

Some chewing gums claim to whiten the teeth by coating the outer surface of the teeth to prevent staining.

·         Dental strips

Dental whitening strips contain peroxide. They are left in the mouth for 30 minutes. Usage for more than the recommended period can prove hazardous.

In-office dental whitening treatment

This is an ideal tooth whitening treatment option. In-office dental whitening treatment from your family dentist, Dr. Nick in Rogers, AR, takes less than an hour. This is a non-invasive procedure and is definitely better than any over-the-counter treatment.

A protective coating is applied on your lips and gums. A whitening solution is then applied to your teeth. An ultraviolet lamp may be used, depending upon the treatment, to activate the ingredients in the solution.

Professional teeth whitening treatment by your dentist brings many advantages. You get expected results after the treatment. Your dentist would ensure that there is no danger of overexposure and you do not have to repeat treatments.

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4 Common Oral Health Issues among Seniors

Oral health is an important component of your overall well-being. Unfortunately, it is a commonly overlooked aspect of senior health.

Here are 4 common oral health issues seniors face and ways to prevent them.


Tooth decay is common among people aged 65 years or more. Majority of seniors in this age group have had dental caries. Seniors may not visit the dentist as often as once did and this can make the caries go undetected and become worse. Regular dentist visits can make your cavities get treated early.

Eating Issues

Problems, such as missing teeth, cavities, ill-fit dentures, gum disease, and other issues can cause difficulty in eating. This may further cause seniors to move to a diet which may not be always healthy.

Dry mouth

Dry mouth is a common issue for many seniors. Saliva prevents tooth decay and many seniors suffer from a reduced flow of saliva, which may be the result of medication for chronic conditions. To avoid a dry mouth, it is best to drink lots of fluids and reduce caffeine and alcohol consumption.

Gum Disease

Gum or Periodontal disease causes gums and surrounding tissues to become sore and results in pain when chewing. This may result due to poor brushing and flossing habits.  It is important to see a dentist regularly who can help you combat these conditions early before they worsen and impact your quality of life.


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