Dental whiteners have been hailed as a miracle for treating the teeth whiteness and decay that plagued many of the nation’s seniors, and dentists and their patients alike have long embraced the product as a treatment that can dramatically lower their risks for dental caries.
However, the industry’s detractors say the products are ineffective and dangerous.
“The only way to really get the teeth back is to have a healthy diet,” Dr. Michael McNeill, a former chair of the American Dental Association (ADA), told Vice News.
“If you’re not going to have healthy food in your mouth, you’re going to lose the teeth.”
McNeill’s words echo those of other experts, who have warned that even if consumers do find the products useful, they will ultimately be at risk of tooth decay and disease.
The ADA and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAPF) both classify tooth whitening as a “disorder” and require that products must be labeled to indicate that they contain fluoride, an ingredient that helps prevent cavities.
Dentists and dentures have long defended the products as an effective treatment for the diseases that are rampant in older Americans, arguing that the products may even help prevent cavions and plaque.
“You’re not just going to get a clean and shiny, healthy tooth, you’ll get a beautiful, beautiful white one,” says Dr. Richard Dolan, a professor of preventive dentistry at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an expert on tooth whiteners.
Dental whitener manufacturers also say the devices have been proven effective in treating tooth decay.
The American Doral Association and AAPF have long argued that tooth whitener products work by “improving” the pH level of the gums and reducing the plaque in the teeth, helping them to retain their color and denture.
Dylann Roof, the gunman who killed nine people and injured dozens more in a Charleston, South Carolina, church in 2015, had a history of dental problems, including tooth decay, that was also found in his teeth, according to a report published in the American Journal of Public Health.
Dylann was diagnosed with a severe and incurable tooth disease called cavitation, a condition that can cause teeth to become black and hard.
According to the AAPF, tooth whiteners have been shown to be a proven treatment for cavities and tooth decay in many older adults.
But a 2016 study published in Archives of Oral Biology found that the devices also had a significant effect on the appearance of white teeth, suggesting they may even have the potential to make older adults more vulnerable to cavities if they are not regularly washed.
“People who use whiteners do tend to have more cavities in their teeth, which is what we saw,” says McNeill.
“We know from a lot of research that tooth decay can cause other issues in older adults, so whiteners might help.”
However, a 2014 study published by the Cochrane Collaboration found that tooth whiteening was ineffective in improving the appearance and function of the dentures of older adults in the U.S. and found that dentures in the United States are still “poorly designed, poorly designed for elderly patients.”
The AAPF and ADA have called on consumers to use fluoride-free toothpastes, but critics say they do not protect the teeth from the harmful effects of the toothpaste.
“Fluoride is the number one cause of tooth loss,” McNeill says.
“It’s the reason that a lot kids are losing their teeth.”
Dr. Michael T. Brown, an orthodontist and author of the popular book “The New Dentist,” believes that toothpaste may actually be harmful.
“I would strongly advise that consumers avoid toothpastels,” Brown told Vice.
“The more you drink, the more fluoride you consume.
There is no benefit to the tooth in drinking it, and it may be damaging your teeth.”
In 2016, Brown wrote a column in the Los Angeles Times that warned that toothpasters are the biggest cause of cavities for older adults because they are marketed to children.””
You need to be vigilant about not drinking fluoride-containing toothpaste.”
In 2016, Brown wrote a column in the Los Angeles Times that warned that toothpasters are the biggest cause of cavities for older adults because they are marketed to children.
“Most dentists who prescribe fluoride toothpastors to older adults are themselves tooth whiters,” Brown wrote.
“Many of them don’t even know it.”
According to Brown, the most important thing to remember is that tooth-whitening products do not contain fluoride.
“In order to use tooth whiter, you have to get rid of the plaque that’s in the tooth,” Brown says.
“Tooth whitening is really just an extension of toothpaste, a sugar rush,” Brown adds.
“So if you are a sugar