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Topical Whitening Products: What You Need to Know

By Dr. Jessica Emery, Dental expert | March 3, 2014

The oral care market is rife with assorted selections.

With so many different over the counter topical products for your teeth on the market, it can be incredibly overwhelming when deciding what is right for you. Sugar Fix Dental Loft wants to take the guesswork out of the equation and break it down for you so that when you are ready to make that purchase, you know exactly what you want. We also want to make you aware of what not to invest in the next time you visit your dentist. Read on and find out what’s trending and what options are available to you.
On The Go Whitening: GO SMiLE makes super convenient brush-tip pens that eliminate any at-home whitening routine that gets in the way of your packed schedule. Safely store a pen in your handbag or pocket, and if you feel like giving your teeth a touch-up, brush the serum on. Do this twice a day, whenever and wherever. Give it a week and you’ll see a difference.
Smile Whitening Light System: Got an hour to spare at home? Apply serum directly to your teeth and then apply light from the GO SMiLE light system to activate. In less than sixty minutes, you will have removed light to moderate stains, inside and out. Perfect for a big night out on the town when you know you’ll be flashing that grin for endless photos. After one treatment, grab your camera, head out the door and let the good times roll.
Crest 3D White Whitestrips: We all know about this OTC topical product. It is everywhere. Crest 3D White Whitestrips are thin, flexible strips that are coated with a tooth whitening gel containing peroxide. Designed to conform to the shape of your teeth, they work by keeping the whitening gel in place against your teeth to get at stain build-up on and below the tooth’s surface. One package lasts two weeks, but if you can’t wait that long, Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid or Professional Effects will let you see results after three days. Results will vary by person. For some people, Crest Whitestrips work wonders, for others, maybe not. The good news is that Crest 3D White Whitestrips will refund your purchase if you are not satisfied with the results. Not a bad deal.
Fluoride Gels and Toothpaste: Let’s talk cavity prevention. Since the 1930s, water fluoridation and topical applications of fluoride have become a valuable tool in the prevention of tooth decay; thus, fluoride-containing compounds are used in topical and systemic fluoride therapy for preventing the all too common cavity. Dentists apply highly concentrated fluoride products directly to a patient’s teeth about two times a year. How do they work? The gel is placed in two trays (one tray for the upper teeth, and one tray for the bottom teeth), which are then placed in the patient’s mouth. The patient is then asked to bite down on the trays for four minutes. Floridex toothpaste is one of my absolute favorites and I am an avid user. Brush twice a day in replacement of traditional toothpaste. Why not go the extra mile for tooth prevention. Not only does it protect from cavities but it strengthens the teeth! 

About the expert:
Dr. Jessica Emery is the founder and owner of Chicago’s 
Sugar Fix Dental Loft.

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