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American Dental Association: Patients Should Visit Dentist Prior to Tooth Whitening

May 07, 2014

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CHICAGO — Patients who are considering having their teeth whitened by non-dentists should first visit their dentists to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). White teeth are not necessarily healthy teeth.

As doctors of oral health, dentists are trained to diagnose and treat oral health conditions. In addition, a dentist can evaluate certain factors that may determine whether teeth whitening will be comfortable and whether the patient will receive the desired results.

State dental boards and other state authorities determine the specific regulations concerning teeth whitening within their states.

For good oral health, the ADA recommends that patients brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat a healthy diet and visit the dentist regularly. For more information about teeth whitening and oral health, visit

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 162,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website