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For those who have stained or yellowed teeth, Dr. Jeffrey Lash, DMD may recommend teeth whitening in Spring Hill, Florida. However, it is important to note that not everyone is a candidate for teeth whitening. Before any whitening is treatment is performed, it is important that you consider certain factors.

Age & Pregnancy
Teeth whitening is not recommended for those under the age of 16 because the pulp chamber is enlarged until this age. Whitening before a patient is 16 could cause irritation to the dental pulp. Teeth whitening is also not recommended for those who are pregnant.

Sensitive Teeth and Allergies
If you have sensitive teeth, sensitive gums, or receding gums, it is important that you consult Dr. Jeffrey Lash, DMD before bleaching your smile. In addition, those who are allergic to peroxide should not use a whitening product, as peroxide is the whitening agent.

Cavities
Any cavities need to be treated before you undergo teeth whitening. If cavities are left untreated, the bleaching product can penetrate the inner areas of the tooth, causing sensitivity.

Dental Restorations
Dental restorations like tooth-colored fillings, dental crowns, dental bridges, and veneers do not react to the whitening product. As a result, any whitening performed on a smile with restorations will result in uneven whitening—the teeth without dental restorations will appear lighter than those with restorations.

To learn more and to schedule a consultation with our dentist, we encourage you to contact The Gentle Dentist today.