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What should I do before I whiten my teeth at home?

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Get a professional cleaning and mouth exam. You might only need a thorough cleaning to restore your smile's sparkle.

Your dentist will also look for cavities and check the health of your gums during the exam. Treating any problems before you whiten is safer for your mouth.

Ask your dentist about which over-the-counter system to use and how much lightening you can expect. Teeth do darken with age, and the amount of color change varies from person to person.

From: Teeth Whitening Safety Tips WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Richard H. Price, DMD, consumer advisor, American Dental Association.

Laurence Rifkin, DDS, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Michael Sesemann, DDS, president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Grace Sun, DDS, West Hollywood, Calif.

American Dental Association: "Tooth Whitening Treatments."

Jorgensen, M. 2002. Journal of the American Dental Association,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

Richard H. Price, DMD, consumer advisor, American Dental Association.

Laurence Rifkin, DDS, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Michael Sesemann, DDS, president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Grace Sun, DDS, West Hollywood, Calif.

American Dental Association: "Tooth Whitening Treatments."

Jorgensen, M. 2002. Journal of the American Dental Association,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

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