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Dental Health and Food: Learning to Eat Better

My intense love for candy, cakes, and everything in between started as a child. I simply couldn't go one day without something sweet to eat. But my love for all things sweet took a toll on my teeth. My dentist diagnosed me with seven cavities, each one a different size and depth. After sitting through four long dental appointments, I decided to make a change. I now monitor my diet and only eat things that benefit my oral health. I'm here to help you take better care of your teeth. My blog offers tips on how to improve your diet, maintain good oral hygiene, and many other topics. Hopefully, you can learn to overcome your bad habits just as I did. Good luck with your future dental health.


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What To Expect When A Dentist Whitens Your Teeth

by Eric Bailey

The first thing that a person will likely notice about you is your smile and teeth. You want to make sure that this first impression is as good as it can possibly be. Teeth whitening is something that is becoming more common, and for a very good reason. Teeth whitening is a very effective method to get the yellowish stains from teeth. It does not matter how often you brush or how good your dental hygiene is, over time you are likely going to develop some teeth stains. If you want to remove those stains, you are likely going to go to your dentist to get your teeth whitened. Well, here is what you can expect when going through the teeth whitening process. 

The Process

The amount of time that it takes your teeth to see results will vary considerably depending on the amount of discoloration that you see in your teeth. However, you should plan on being at the dentist's office anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half. Getting your teeth whitened is a process, so you may need to come back a few times for your dentist to reapply the bleaching agent. 

Bleaching, Lasers, And Light

Your dentist is likely going to use a very highly concentrated bleaching agent, but will also use a few other techniques to really whiten your teeth. Dentists will also often use the aid of light and lasers to see the best results. The bleaching agent usually uses oxygen to help lift the stains from your teeth, and the lasers and light will assist in getting some of the stain removed from your teeth. This procedure can be tough on teeth, but it is not unhealthy for them. 


You may have heard that your teeth are going to be ultra sensitive once you have your teeth whitened. They make it sound like you are going to have to deal with sensitive teeth for the rest of your life and that it is very painful. Well, you may have to deal with some very sensitive teeth for a few days but that is it.

The sensitivity in your teeth should last only a few days but can take a few weeks to fully go away. If you do experience some sensitive teeth, use a toothpaste that will help. Simply put, the short term sensitivity in your teeth should never hold you back from getting your teeth whitened.