10 Facts About Teeth Whitening

10 Facts About Teeth Whitening - Sacramento River Dental Group

Cosmetic dentistry is becoming popular with each passing day, and more and more people want to know how they can improve the aesthetics of their smiles. A recent survey by RealSelf revealed that 40% of dental patients want to improve their smiles with teeth whitening, Invisalign, or veneers. There are many myths about the teeth whitening process out there. This article provides ten facts and three tips on effective teeth whitening.

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Top 10 Facts About Teeth Whitening

  1. Many factors can influence the whiteness of your teeth. In fact, certain foods, drinks, coffee, tea, smoking, and red wine can stain your teeth in the long run. On the other hand, genetics will also influence the whiteness of your teeth.
  2. Plaque hardens over time and forms calculus when it’s not removed regularly by effective brushing and flossing. Calculus is also known as tartar and may affect the whiteness of your teeth.
  3. Staining under the surface of your teeth can be caused by antibiotics and tiny cracks in the teeth – which will absorb stains over time.
  4. The natural color and genetic makeup of your teeth are set at birth regardless of stains. A whitening product will only remove any stains that have accumulated over time – no matter how effective the product is.
  5. Professional teeth whitening or bleaching is highly effective and helps lighten your teeth from their natural shade. Carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in teeth-whitening products. When the active ingredient breaks down, oxygen will get into the enamel of your teeth to make the color of the tooth lighter.
  6. The effects of teeth whitening will last for at least three years, depending on how you maintain the teeth after the process. But if you consume strongly-colored food and smoke, the whitening won’t last for that long. Hence, you should take care of your teeth after the whitening process.
  7. Whitening should preferably be performed by a qualified cosmetic dentist. In fact, getting your teeth whitened at whitening kiosks or by beauticians can expose your teeth to dangerous products and damage the teeth and gums over time.
  8. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products should contain only 0.1% hydrogen peroxide, and this concentration is too low to have any noticeable effect on the color of your teeth.
  9. Teeth whitening is only effective in lightening the existing color of your teeth. In fact, it cannot get rid of deep stains from your teeth.
  10. Cut down on the amount of food and drinks that could stain your teeth. This is important to keep your teeth white over time. On the other hand, stopping smoking helps prevent staining and discoloration.

Top 3 Teeth Whitening Tips

1. Don’t Buy Teeth Whitening Products From Overseas

You shouldn’t purchase any teeth whitening products from abroad no matter how cheap they are. It’s difficult to guarantee the ingredients of such products, and it may put your safety at risk. It’s much more difficult to trust online companies, and you can’t be sure their products are regulated and of the highest standards. Check with your local dentist first to know whether a teeth whitening product is safe to use.

2. Talk To Your Local Dental Team

Your dentist is the best source of information when it comes to teeth whitening. These professionals are qualified and licensed to perform the treatment and will take your specific dental needs into account in the process. A qualified dentist in Sacramento, CA can treat you with 6% hydrogen peroxide – which is nearly 6,000 times stronger compared to any over-the-counter teeth whitening product. Hence, a cosmetic dentist is the best person to give you highly effective teeth whitening results.

3. Don’t Break The Law

Any beautician who claims to offer teeth whitening is breaking the law since only a qualified dentist or hygienist can offer such services. When you decide to have your teeth whitened by a qualified dentist or hygienist, you can rest assured that you will be getting the best results and the professional is operating within the strict guidelines of the industry. If tooth whitening goes wrong, it may result in long-lasting damage to your teeth and gums. In fact, it isn’t worth saving a few dollars to put your health at risk.

Expert Comments From Sacramento River Dental Group!

  • “Tooth whitening may lead to long-term damage when performed incorrectly.”
  • “Having your treatment performed by an unqualified person may result in severe chemical burns and permanent scarring. In extreme cases, it may affect your ability to brush and eat.”
  • “It’s important to consult an experienced cosmetic dentist to get professional teeth whitening. While it may cost a little more, professional teeth whitening can prevent any harm done to your teeth and gums.”
  •  “Teeth whitening performed by a beautician or any other person is illegal. It should only be performed by a qualified dentist or hygienist. Your health is priceless, don’t put it at risk by getting teeth whitening from such individuals.

If you want more information about teeth whitening and the laws that surround the process, don’t forget to check out the “Teeth Whitening Page” on the official website of Sacramento River Dental Group. You can also call our Dental Helpline at (916) 391-4848 to solve any issues you may have.

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Sacramento River Dental Group – Candidate Privacy Notice

Sacramento River Dental Group is committed to respecting your online privacy and recognizes your need for appropriate protection and management of any personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) you share with us.

Sacramento River Dental Group is a “data controller”. This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information about you. This privacy notice makes you aware of how and why your personal data will be used, namely for the purposes of the Sacramento River Dental Group employment recruitment process, and how long it will usually be retained.

Data protection principles

We will comply with data protection law and principles, which means that your data will be:

  • Used lawfully, fairly, and in a transparent way.
  • Collected only for valid purposes that we have clearly explained to you and not used in any way that is incompatible with those purposes.
  • Relevant to the purposes we have told you about and limited only to those purposes.
  • Accurate and kept up to date.
  • Kept only as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about.
  • Kept securely.

The kind of information we hold about you

In connection with your application for work with us, we will collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about you:

  • The information you have provided to us in your curriculum vitae and cover letter.
  • The information you have provided on our application form, including name, title, address, telephone number, personal email address, employment history, and qualifications.
  • Any information you provide to us during an interview.

How is your personal information collected?

We collect personal information about candidates from the following sources:

  • You, the candidate.
  • Recruitment agencies and vendors we have agreed on terms in place with
  • Professional networking profile
  • Employees and others who refer you to us

How we will use information about you?

We will use the personal information we collect about you to:

  • Assess your skills, qualifications, and suitability for the role.
  • Carry out background and reference checks, where applicable.
  • Communicate with you about the recruitment process.
  • Keep records related to our hiring processes.
  • Comply with legal or regulatory requirements.
  • We also need to process your personal information to decide whether to enter into a contract of employment with you.

Having received your CV, cover letter, and/or your application form, we will then process that information to decide whether you meet the basic requirements to be screened by our in-house recruitment team for the role. If you do, we will decide whether your application is strong enough to invite you for an interview, be it by telephone, in person, or by other electronic means. If we decide to engage you for an interview, we will use the information you provide to us at the interview to decide whether to offer you the role. If we decide to offer you the role, we will then take up references before confirming your appointment.

If you fail to provide personal information

If you fail to provide information when requested, which is necessary for us to consider your application (such as evidence of qualifications or work history), we will not be able to process your application successfully and we will not be able to take your application further.

Automated decision-making

You will not be subject to decisions that will have a significant impact on you based solely on automated decision-making.

Data sharing With third parties

  • We will only share your personal information with the following third parties for the purposes of processing your application; this may involve sharing your information with other companies within our own group if we consider they may have other relevant vacancies and only if you consent to such sharing
  • All our third-party service providers and other entities in the group are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information in line with our policies. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes. We only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

Data security

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used, or accessed in an unauthorized way, altered, or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors, and other third parties who have a business need-to-know. They will only process your personal information on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.

Data retention (how long will you use my information for)

  • We will retain your personal information for a period of 2 years after we have communicated to you our decision about whether to appoint you to the role. We will retain your personal information so that we can make you aware of any suitable alternative roles that arise during this period.
  • We further retain your personal information for that period so that we can show, in the event of a legal claim, that we have not discriminated against candidates on prohibited grounds and that we have conducted the recruitment exercise in a fair and transparent way. After this period, we will securely destroy your personal information in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • If you would prefer that we did not retain your personal information, you can notify us at any time and we will delete your personal information.

Rights of access, correction, erasure, and restriction

Under certain circumstances, by law, you have the right to:

  • Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
  • Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
  • Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us to continue to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
  • Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object to where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.
  • Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example, if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.

Right to withdraw consent

When you applied for this role, you provided consent to us processing your personal information for the purposes of the recruitment exercise. You have the right to withdraw your consent for processing for that purpose at any time.

To withdraw your consent, please contact the Recruitment Manager. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your application, and, subject to our policies, we will dispose of your personal data securely.

Data protection officer

We have appointed a data protection officer (DPO) to oversee compliance with this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice or how we handle your personal information, please contact the DPO by email, at