Teeth Whitening: Best Done at the Dentist

Teeth Whitening: Best Done at the Dentist - Sacramento River Dental Group, Sacramento, CA

Unqualified Teeth Whitening Poses a Serious Health Risk

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular and sought-after cosmetic dental procedures. Everyone desires a perfect smile backed by a beautiful set of pearly white teeth. And thanks to modern dental technologies, you can achieve this through a simple low-cost procedure. However, many people unknowingly put their oral health at risk by having their treatment done by an unqualified professional.

While many estheticians claim to now offer professional teeth whitening services to their clients, performing this procedure outside a dentist’s office is actually illegal in most states. This is because dental issues such as tooth sensitivity can result from teeth whitening and only a dentist is qualified enough to properly deal with such problems. Your esthetician doesn’t have the dental training required and isn’t familiar with the necessary safety procedures to protect your mouth from harmful chemicals.

Most states classify teeth whitening as a dental procedure, which means that teeth whitening by estheticians is typically done in violation of the state’s dental licensing rules. This then brings into question the validity of their insurance. This can prove to be problematic in case any issues arise after the teeth whitening procedure.

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When it comes to teeth whitening at home, there are several options available including teeth-whitening strips. At-home teeth whitening kits are a popular option since they are much cheaper than professional teeth whitening. And if bought from a reputable seller, they are generally very safe. But on the downside, they have a much lower concentration of active ingredients and thus, are less effective in whitening your teeth. Also, they require to be used regularly over a period of time to realize any notable results.

Professional Teeth Whitening at the Dentist’s Office Offers the Best Results

At the dentist’s office, professional-grade bleaching agents with a higher concentration of active ingredients are used to deliver quicker and better whitening results. Since this procedure is done under the supervision of a qualified dental practitioner, it is done safely.

Before applying the bleaching agent, the dentist will first apply a special gel to protect your gums and the rest of your mouth. The safest and most effective option when it comes to teeth whitening is using a reputable dental practitioner such as those at the Sacramento River Dental Group dental office.

Pros and Cons of Teeth Whitening

The benefits of teeth whitening are pretty obvious, which explains why so many people undergo this procedure. To begin with, it helps to boost your confidence if you are conscious about the color of your teeth. And secondly, if done by a dentist, it is safe, relatively low cost, and gives you quick, better, and long-lasting results.

There are some downsides to teeth whitening too though. One is that teeth whitening is not a permanent solution. This means that you may require touch-ups once every few months. Secondly, you may experience teeth sensitivity following the procedure. Fortunately, it dissipates once you are done with the treatment.

Contact our Sacramento River Dental Group dental office today through our online contact form for safe and effective teeth whitening.

3 Things to Avoid When Whitening Your Teeth

Whether you chose to use at-home teeth whitening kits or seek out professional teeth whitening at a dentist’s office, you should note that teeth whitening is a process and it can take weeks for you to see the desired results. However, to get the best out of your teeth whitening treatments, there are number of things that you need to avoid:


cup of coffeeWhile coffee is one of the most beloved beverages, it is also known to stain and discolor teeth. When you are in the process of whitening your teeth, coffee is something that you’d want to avoid. Coffee, especially black coffee, can yellow your teeth in a matter of minutes. If you have to take coffee to get your daily morning energy boost, it will help to drink some water after every sip. This helps to break down the coffee’s acidity.



Red wine

glass of red wineAfter a long day, many people enjoy having a glass of red wine to help them relax and unwind. Red wine is known for its many health benefits such as antioxidants, however, it can also stain or tint your teeth. So, instead of going for red wine, consider getting a glass of white wine or avoid alcoholic drinks altogether.





TomatoesTomatoes are a popular ingredient in many kinds of meals including American, Mexican, and Italian. However, what you might not know is that tomatoes can also stain and discolor your teeth. This is because the juice in the tomatoes which is highly acidic can stick to your teeth causing them to look dingy and less white. So, if you are in the process of whitening your teeth, consider avoiding salads with tomatoes or spaghetti with marinara sauce. Look for the best next alternative.



Getting your teeth white and keeping your them as white as possible and for as long as possible is not easy. You will need to put in some additional work. A good place to start once you begin the treatment is avoiding the above-named food items. This will go a long way in optimizing the results of your treatment. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

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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.

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