Our advice: Stay away from tooth whiteners - in the dentist’s office or at home.
We understand, as many holistic dentists do, that to whiten teeth chemically depletes tooth enamel of its resistance to staining in the future. The bleaching makes the enamel more porous and less resistant to food stains. Tooth whitening gives us short term pleasure and long term problems.
From Dentistry Today: "Long term alteration of enamel after vital tooth bleaching does occur according to an article by Norman Bitter, DDS, FAGD, published in General Dentistry." We like Peelu Dental Fibers, the natural tooth polishing powder, for removing stain and giving your teeth a youthful, clean look. It’s available at your health food store. Excellent - and safe.
Jerry Mittelman, DDS, FAPM (Retired)
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