People who have tooth problems or have had tooth implants may need to consider whitening their teeth, according to new research.
In a study published online in the American Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder found that when people were asked to write about their experience with their dentures, they were more likely to be more likely than their peers to say that whitening was the right thing to do.
“It’s a very powerful thing,” said lead author Dr. Mark B. McBride, a professor in the department of dentistry at the University.
“It’s really important for patients to be able to articulate why they are doing this and it’s also important to be clear about what it is that they are not whitening.”
The study included a questionnaire filled out by 521 adults who had been diagnosed with any type of dental disease, including gum disease, caries, cavities and oral problems.
Participants were asked whether they were currently whitening or not, whether they thought whitening would make their teeth look better or worse, and whether they wanted to whiten or not.
The researchers also asked participants about their overall health and the number of teeth they had, how long they had been using whitening products, and what they thought the average patient would need to do to whitened their teeth.
Participants who were asked if whitening is something they would do were also more likely in their overall answers to say they would be okay with the idea of the product.
They also were more confident in their answers about the value of their tooth and their ability to maintain a healthy smile.
The results showed that those who said they would definitely be willing to whitish their teeth were also the most likely to recommend the product to others.
“This is a pretty big shift in thinking,” said McBride.
“People who have had dental problems or had dentures are going to be less likely to say ‘well, I’m going to do it because it’s my health,’ than people who have no dental problems.”
But while the study did find that people who had had teeth transplants were more than twice as likely to want to whitelish their faces, the researchers said the reason for that difference is unclear.
The study also found that people in the whitening group who were more satisfied with their health and had more dental work had a higher percentage of the patients who were willing to consider the product again.
People who had a history of oral surgery were more willing to do this than people without a history, and people who were overweight or obese were more inclined to have done this than those who were thin.
The next step for the researchers is to get to know the people who participated in the study, and see if there are any other factors that might influence people’s willingness to whitens.
The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health and was published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.
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