California Dental Association Offers Information for Holiday Teeth Whitening

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CDA provides helpful tips to keep your smile bright

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"The easiest stains to remove from the teeth are also the most common," said CDA President Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS. "These types of stains are the result of external factors, like drinking coffee or tea, or smoking.”

Getting ready for the holidays can mean preparing yourself for family gatherings and holiday parties, which likely means plenty of photos. If you’re wishing for a brighter, whiter smile, consult your CDA member dentist to determine the safest and most effective tooth whitening method for you.

“The easiest stains to remove from the teeth are also the most common,” said CDA President Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS. “These types of stains are the result of external factors, like drinking coffee or tea, or smoking.”

Teeth also tend to get slightly more yellow with age due to changes that occur within the dentin (the layer under the enamel) that can be seen through the enamel.

“Whitening is typically quite successful on these types of stains,” said Robinson.

CDA advises completing the whitening process under the guidance of a dentist. In-office procedures use stronger whitening agents and produce the quickest results. Products containing more than 15 percent peroxide should only be used in a dental office where the process can be monitored.

If choosing to use an over-the-counter whitening product, those offered by large, well-known manufacturers typically have a good record of safety and efficacy, but they use lower peroxide concentrations so results will take longer than the products your dentist can offer.

For a bright smile throughout the year, brush with a fluoride toothpaste, floss regularly, avoid sugary drinks like soda and visit a dentist for a complete dental check-up on a regular basis.

About the California Dental Association
The California Dental Association is the non-profit organization representing organized dentistry in California. Founded in 1870, CDA is committed to the success of our members in service to their patients and the public. CDA also contributes to the oral health of Californians through various comprehensive programs and advocacy. CDA’s membership consists of more than 25,000 dentists, making it the largest constituent of the American Dental Association. For more information, visit cda.org.

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