Teeth Whitening: DYI or Visit a Cosmetic Dentist in Wilkes Barre, PA?
“He also added that oil pulling or swishing should only be done for 5 minutes and not as recommended by most people for 20 minutes. Overdoing it might cause nausea. Similarly using a small teaspoon amount is enough. However as far as oil is concerned, it is important to get a prescribed based on what suits the physical make-up and the personal needs before starting.”
Professional whitening treatments get the thumbs up from the ADA for a variety of reasons. First, in-office treatments usually clean the patient’s teeth and gums before proceeding, which is how any dental procedures- including home whitening treatments- should start in the first place. Second, these treatments are much safer because they use the best tools, employ the right techniques, and are well-regulated by authorities like the ADA. Finally, in-office whitening treatments produce better results since they can deal with all types of tooth stains.
Tooth stains are generally classified as either extrinsic (i.e. stains that affect the outer layer or enamel of the teeth) or intrinsic (i.e. those that penetrate the inner structure or dentin). Many people don’t know that more serious tooth conditions, like decay and yellowish teeth, are usually intrinsic in nature and thus require a more-specialized form of treatment that only professionals who offer cosmetic dentistry in Scranton, PA, and elsewhere can provide. Home remedies like baking soda, orange peels, and the aforementioned oil-pulling may not even work as intended when used against such stains.
(Source: Oil Pulling for Whiter Teeth: Reality or Myth?, YottaFire, April 18, 2014)