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What Happens When You Whiten a Tooth with a Cavity?

Posted on 6/30/2019 by Bellevue's Best Smiles
What Happens When You Whiten a Tooth with a Cavity?Everyone wants to have good, strong teeth. An added bonus is strong teeth that are beautifully white. You may refer to them as Hollywood teeth because it seems like every actor and actress you see has beautiful, white teeth.

We find it hard to believe that their teeth stayed that white throughout their lives simply because they brush regularly. Certainly, that helps, but the fact is, as you age your teeth change color naturally and certain medications can change your tooth color.

The point is that having Hollywood teeth requires help. There are plenty of products out there that can help you get your teeth whiter. You can use teeth-whitening toothpaste, or you can get an over-the-counter teeth whitening kit. You can also see us because we have more options and also products that will give you a better result because they are tailored to your teeth.

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Regardless of which method you choose to whiten your teeth, you should visit us for an exam before you begin. All people are not eligible candidates for tooth whitening and some teeth cannot be whitened. For example, if you have a crown or veneer, nothing will change the color. More importantly, however, is the condition of your teeth.

If you have teeth that are sensitive and cause you to use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth, whitening products could make your teeth more sensitive. If that happens, the toothpaste that helps you now may not help you when you are finished.

If you have had gum issues that have caused your roots to be exposed, you may also want to avoid tooth whitening. When you use these products and have had periodontal problems it can be quite painful.

Lastly, if you have a cavity, it should definitely be filled prior to attempting a whitening procedure. The solution that whitens your teeth can not only cause intense pain when it gets into the cavity, but depending on the cavity the whitening solution can cause the nerve to die. This, of course, will lead to more extensive dental work that you could have avoided with a simple exam.

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