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Tooth Whitening Agent Also Improves Oral Health

June 28, 2010: 01:08 PM EST
The teeth and gums of dental patients who have undergone a bleaching process using 10 percent carbamide peroxide were cleaner and healthier over time, a new study has found. The findings are especially important for the elderly and others with impaired manual dexterity or mental challenges who may find it difficult to brush and floss properly. Carbamide peroxide has long been in use as a tooth whitener, but it has also served as an oral antiseptic that removes plaque, kills bacteria and elevates the mouth's pH, which results in fewer cavities. The key to success is the use of a custom-fit dental tray that the patient can wear comfortably at night or for several hours during the day with the carbamide peroxide gel.
Dr. Van Haywood and Dr. David Lazarchik, "Use of Tray-Applied 10 Percent Carbamide Peroxide Gels for Improving Oral Health in Patients With Special-Care Needs", Journal of the American Dental Association, June 28, 2010, © American Dental Association
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