Friday, July 29, 2005

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Vitale recommends one of the new laser whitening treatments like "Zoom" that are out on the market and are proven to be most effective.Whitening products often times contain abrasives, which can remove stains caused by smoking, coffee or red wine. However, brushers beware because these abrasives can irritate gums and make teeth sensitive to hot and cold.Also, be wary of a whitening toothpaste that has a high acid content.Acid in toothpaste is a concern of the FDA and negates any hygiene benefits.Also note that some "tooth colored" fillings will discolor with age, and whitening toothpastes' may not have any affect on them. Sensitive Teeth: Many people have sensitive teeth or easily irritated gums. When using a sensitive-tooth product, if you experience any side effects from the type of toothpaste you are using such as prolonged sensitivity, sloughing of tissue, or a burning sensation, you must discontinue use and immediately consult a dental professional.Tartar build up: This is helpful for those of us who seem to have heavy tartar/calculus build up. You should also know that many "anti-tartar" toothpastes contain phosphates, an ingredient shown to cause gum irritation and inflammation in some individuals.If you experience any irritation, or sloughing of tissue, discontinue use and seek the advice of your oral health professional.Finally, Dr. Vitale advises consumers to, "educate themselves as to what a product's ingredients are, what effect they have on an individual's teeth, and whether or not they are necessary. People may find that they have to reassess what they have been using and spending and start again using very simple, basic products.The most important factor in choosing any toothpaste is to make sure the product contains fluoride and fights tooth decay."About Dr. Jerome Vitale, D.M.D.
Dr. Vitale graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine with highest honors in 1990. He then completed a 1-year residency program at the prestigious Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Vitale has been practicing the art of cosmetic and implant dentistry since 1991 and continually improves his dental skills both academically and technically with many hours of continuing education each year. His professional commitment includes numerous memberships and activities including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, Queens County Dental Society, and the Dental Society of the State of New York. Additionally, he has served as an Executive Officer in the United States Naval

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