By: Nick P | Member for Spunky Seniors Club® | June 2017
If cared for properly, your teeth can last a lifetime.
To all spunky seniors: Being 50 and older versus 18 and older ~ notably it’s almost the same when it comes down to your teeth. Study shows that 47% of the populace has moderate to severe gum disease, which, if left untreated, can dangerously affect the health of your teeth. From what we knew years ago, people began whitening their teeth and still do today. Having a fresh, bright smile is crucial especially when you’re doing business, having meetings and seminars, meeting new friends, and even when attracting a boy or girlfriend. If you have a dazzling white smile, you’re more likely to succeed at whatever you choose to do because that radiant smile will show the appearance of being immaculate and — overall healthy.
In today’s 21st Century, teeth whitening is supposedly safe, and when done correctly, works fantastically well. Outside of going to the dentist for teeth whitening, there are many over-the-counter and professional options that you may choose. So before deciding on one product, do your research on more than one, or just stick with your dentist for whitening.
Whitening vs. Bleaching your Teeth
According to research, many teeth whitening products contain bleach such as carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide which is a bleach used to whiten your teeth. If you prefer not to employ a bleach, read the label carefully to make sure you have the right brand because not all teeth whitening products contains bleach. By restoring the tooth’s natural surface color, you’re only removing the dirt and discoloration and thereby making your teeth whiter. With today’s specialized toothpaste, they’re also considered to make your teeth white as well. We’ve seen TV commercials that show how certain products work for whitening your teeth; such as strips, different kinds of toothpaste, and even “paint-on” whitening ~ but do they work? We’re not saying the above seems unsafe but use at your own risk.
Most teeth are white in their natural state, (after shedding your baby teeth), though some of us are less fortunate and inherit teeth that are not so pearly white. They tend to be yellowed or stained due to many reasons. Eating certain foods, wine, smoking, and coffee can all make your teeth yellowish. The whitening system might oust these stains and bring back your natural white teeth.
We highly recommend that before you decide on getting any whitening treatments, visit your dentist for a consultation. Ask if the results will be realistic. If you know what to expect going in for your whitening, then the outcome will be just what you expected without any problems. Also, find out if the dentist uses the ZOOM whitening system. It also tends to be one of the most reliable forms of whitening. Many people say they have seen results within a few hours if not immediately ~ and that the whitening can last for years. Read some reviews before making your decision and read some of the FAQs before spending your money. From all that we’ve read and know, there are no major known problems with whitening the teeth.
Can you Whiten Dentures?
Digging deep for data on denture wearers, in short, those who wear dentures should be aware that dentures cannot be safely whitened. Not even by over the counter toothpaste since they are made of plastic. Toothpaste is known to be too abrasive on dentures and should be brushed every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush or a denture brush to remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria. According to the MayoClinic, if you clean your dentures on a regular basis with an approved product, it may help prevent staining. See how one woman in the above video takes care of her dentures. Everyone is different when it comes to wearing and taking care of dentures though they’re not as strong as natural teeth and should be cleaned with extra care.
The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests that users speak with their dentist about the proper care for dentures. The dentist may recommend a particular type of toothpaste that is safe to use on denture material and may recommend using a denture cleaning paste or a denture soaks. Believe it or not, a mixture of hand soap or dishwashing liquid and warm water applied with a soft toothbrush is also a possible solution for light staining. While some suggest a diluted bleach mixture, the ADA warns that bleach may whiten the pink portion of dentures and damage them. If your dentures are badly stained, it may be necessary to take them to a prosthodontist. [Source: reference.com]
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