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Possible Side Effects of Tooth Whitening

teeth health smile dental diabetes teethwhiteningTooth whitening is not an entirely safe procedure. It is best carried out by dental professionals who will ensure all safety measures are in place.

Key takeaways:

  • Teeth staining or discoloration may be caused by the aging process, smoking, tartar, or by drinks and foods such as coffee and red wine.
  • Professional teeth bleaching at the dentist’s office is the most common form of teeth whitening. Laser whitening is a new, quicker, and more effective option.
  • Tooth whitening may have side effects such as tooth sensitivity, sore throat and pain along the gum line.

The effects of whitening are thought to last up to three years. However, this will vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, or eat or drink products that can stain your teeth.

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Causes of Oral Cancer

teeth health smile dental diabetes mouthcancer oralcancerOral cancer screening during dental visits is important in ensuring early detections and early treatment. The dentist will look out for visible signs and palpate the jaws for any problems.

Key takeaways:

  • People who smoke and consume alcohol excessively are at the greatest risk of oral cancer.
  • The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) has been found to cause cancer of the oropharyngeal region, the base of the tongue and the tonsils.
  • Regular dental visits for checkups will help to identify symptoms of oral cancer at an early stage and treatment commenced early enough.

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the first thing you should do before beginning cancer treatment is to see your dentist. After your treatment begins, be sure to check your mouth every day for sores or other changes.

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Lesser Known Side Effects of Diabetes

teeth health smile dental diabetesIt is estimated that 8.3 percent of Americans who suffer from diabetes are also at greater risk for tooth loss. This is especially true for diabetes patients who are 50 years and older.

Key takeaways:

  • People suffering from both type 1 and type 2 diabetes had on average ten missing teeth upon oral examination.
  • Diabetics were also at high risk of edentulism which is the total loss of teeth. Diabetics have a 28 percent greater risk of being toothless.
  • High blood sugar levels were found to disrupt the delivery of nutrients and the removal of waste from gum tissue leading to periodontitis and eventually tooth loss.

While those who have poorly controlled diabetes are most likely to experience tooth decay, even well-managed diabetics are more likely to suffer from periodontal disease.

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