There is nothing that you need to be concerned about if you follow dentist recommendations on how to take care of your teeth. If your dentist gives you a clean bill of health every six months, and you continue to brush and floss, you may never have to deal with cosmetic dentistry in your lifetime.
But for millions of Americans, it is not so easy. In fact, 35 million don’t have any teeth at all, and other than genetics, poor oral hygiene is probably to blame for their teeth issues.
Without the help of preventive dental measures, such as brushing and flossing, you could be looking at needing dental implants, crowns and bridges, veneers, and teeth whitening before you know it.
Out of these three, teeth whitening could possibly be one of the most popular treatments. Every year, Americans spend more than a billion dollars on teeth whitening products and procedures to help remove unsightly stains.
Here are some of the benefits of teeth whitening.
- Stronger Teeth. When you let dirt and food stains linger on your teeth, they will begin to break down your enamel over time. Even though enamel is the strongest surface in the human body, constant exposure to acids from foods and drinks do start to corrode it. Eventually, the eroded enamel will subject your teeth to higher sensitivity and more cavities. By bleaching them white, you could be saving yourself a lot of pain.
- Self-Confidence. Have you ever considered what it would be like to walk up to someone and smile, only to have them look down from your eyes to your yellow and brown teeth? That is too much embarrassment for some people to take, and since about 100% of people believe that a smile is an important social asset, it would be wise to get your teeth whitened. It will likely boost your self-esteem.
- Fight Bacteria. Studies show that when you apply teeth whitening strips or gels to your teeth, you are actually killing harmful bacteria. If left on its own, this bacteria could lead to periodontal disease, and even tooth decay. Furthermore, gum disease has been linked to heart conditions, and even premature birth.
So, instead of waiting until you need implants, or crowns and bridges, get your teeth whitened. It will be one of your best lines of defense against teeth problems — aside from good oral hygiene, of course. References.