Teeth whitening is not suitable for everyone. There are many different ways to whiten teeth and I will discuss the best options to suit you when you come in. Before whitening your teeth it is important for us to determine if your teeth are suitable for the treatment. When assessing your teeth for whitening, we will:
- Ensure your teeth, gums and oral tissues are healthy before whitening commences
- Determine the causes of any discolouration
- Discuss with you the best method to whiten your teeth
- Give you realistic expectations for results you can expect.. everyone's teeth respond differently
- Determine the suitability of your teeth for whitening, existing fillings and "caps" will not change colour
- If required, refer you to a preferred Local dentist for a complete dental examination, x rays, and any other dental restorative treatment required
The most common oral diseases affect the teeth (tooth decay, called ‘caries’) and gums (periodontal disease).
Oral disease can destroy the tissues in the mouth, leading to lasting physical and psychological disability (NACDH 2012). Tooth loss can reduce the functionality of the mouth, making chewing and swallowing more challenging, which in turn can compromise nutrition. Poor nutrition can impair general health and exacerbate existing health conditions (NACDH 2012). Poor oral health is also associated with a number of chronic diseases, including stroke and cardiovascular disease
(DHSV 2011) (Figure 1).
Poor oral health can also affect a person’s wellbeing. Dental disease can impair a person’s appearance and speech, eroding their self-esteem, which in turn can lead to restricted participation at school, the workplace, home and other social settings (NACDH 2012).
- (NACDH (National Advisory Council on Dental Health) 2012. Report of the National Advisory Council on Dental Health 2012. Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing.)