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Teeth Whitening and Sensitivity: Can You Avoid It?

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by Sam Khammar

Teeth whitening will brighten your smile, but it can cause teeth to become sensitive to heat, cold and pressure.

This is especially true for bleaching agents found in teeth trays. With teeth trays, the peroxide in the bleaching agent is often highly concentrated. When peroxide interacts with teeth for extended periods, it may reach past the enamel and into the dentine and cause irritation.

That is why you are looking at that delicious ice cream with longing and fear. So how can you get a beautiful smile without living through the misery of tooth sensitivity?

How to avoid sensitivity after teeth whitening

1. Prepare your teeth for the procedure

Start using toothpaste and other dental products with ingredients for sensitive teeth. This will build up your teeth's resistance to the effects of the teeth whitening gel. The dentist will be happy to prescribe medicated toothpaste or a dental gel used to reduce tooth sensitivity.

Keep using this toothpaste or gel throughout the teeth whitening process as well as for a few days after the procedure.

2. Be gentle with your teeth

The teeth will most likely be sensitive to heat, cold and pressure. This means you should limit the teeth's exposure to these things. For a few days after each whitening procedure, consume only foods or drinks that are neither hot nor cold. Be sure to avoid sugary and acidic foods as well.

To deal with your teeth's sensitivity to pressure, be gentle when brushing your teeth. You should get a toothbrush with soft bristles and use lukewarm water to avoid pain.

3. Use a straw

Drinking straws will direct liquids right past the teeth and to the back of the throat. This will keep hot or cold liquids from your teeth as well as sugary drinks.

4. Choose a gentle teeth whitening kit

The active agents in teeth whitening gels are peroxide-based compounds. Many people choose the most powerful teeth whitening kits they can find — ones with the highest percentage of peroxide.

In high concentration, peroxide compounds will go past the enamel and into the dentine, and that is how teeth sensitivity occurs.

To avoid this problem, choose a mild teeth whitening kit. Find one with a low percentage of peroxide. Have the dentist prescribe a teeth whitening regimen that uses a mild bleaching agent, even if it will take longer for the discoloration to fade.

5. Soak the teeth in sensitivity toothpaste

Immediately after using a home whitening kit, soak the teeth by filling a teeth tray with fluoride or sensitivity toothpaste, and then wear it for 20 minutes. The soak will help to fortify the teeth by building up the enamel and by stopping sensation from reaching the tooth's nerve.

It does not have to hurt

With a little planning, you can make your teeth whitening experience comfortable and free of pain. Just ask the dentist for guidance in your efforts to prevent teeth sensitivity. Are you ready to have whiter teeth?

Request an appointment here: or call Sam Khammar DDS at (609) 242-3464 for an appointment in our Forked River office.

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4 At-Home Teeth Whitening Myths

Posted on: November 16th, 2018 by Sam Khammar

Who is your style icon? Most people can clatter off the names of several celebrities whose look they adore and try to emulate. From makeup to clothes, people use celebrities as a model for what is good-looking. That said, some people hardly ever notice that the one thing most fashion stars and celebrities have alike — a flawless smile.

That is because our stars of screen and stage know that having pearly white teeth speaks volumes about personality and health. It is no wonder you may want to emulate a celebrity.

Because of all the teeth whitening options available to people, let's clear up a few myths surrounding this treatment.

“DIY teeth whitening kits are a high-quality and low-cost option.”

Even though most at-home teeth whitening kits boast about reduced prices when compared to in-office treatments, many DIY choices end up costing more in the end due to the effects not lasting long. Also, many at-home treatments use harmful abrasives in their formulas to reduce stains. This wears at the tooth's enamel, which will intensify the sensitivity and is prone to staining in the future.

“Teeth whitening hurts sensitive teeth.”

This one is half true; several at-home kits will aggravate sensitive teeth. That is not always the case with treatments offered by a qualified dentist. With an almost infinite amount of whitening options at your disposal, the doctor can find a solution that works, regardless of how sensitive your teeth are.

Many of these options are simple solutions as well. For example, the doctor may recommend toothpaste that is engineered with oral sensitivity in mind. This will help to prepare the teeth for the whitening treatment.

“Whitening treatments strip teeth of their enamel.”

Although at-home choices may include harsh ingredients that can cause permanent damage to the enamel, in-office teeth whitening treatments keep oral health in mind.

Instead of applying a formula designed to strip the teeth of stains with chemicals, in-office whitening treatments operate by opening the teeth's microscopic pores. They can then whiten the tooth with their low-impact cleaning and whitening mixtures without disturbing the enamel.

“Laser tooth whitening is unsafe.”

The laser used by the doctor is an elaborate LED or UV light, which is used to activate the whitening compounds and allows for deeper penetration of cleaning solutions. Despite being called a laser, the light emitted during the whitening treatment is safe.

Bottom Line

As is true of most things health-related, prevention is more effective than treatment. A person can avoid tooth discoloration and staining by flossing and brushing, avoiding smoking, limiting consumption of beverages that stain teeth, such as coffee, tea and wine, and getting regular professional cleanings.

If your teeth are already discolored, then it is a good idea to speak with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists. Our professionals can check your teeth and make recommendations on how to improve their appearance. Many options are available, so we will work with you to find one that is affordable and effective.

Request an appointment here: or call Sam Khammar DDS at (609) 242-3464 for an appointment in our Forked River office.

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Habits That Get You Whiter Teeth

Posted on: April 16th, 2018 by Sam Khammar

TeethWho wouldn’t want to have whiter teeth? Having a set of white, shiny teeth makes you feel confident when you interact with others. It also affects the way those you interact with perceive you. Shiny White teeth are often looked at as a sign of youth, success, and attractiveness, while the opposite is true for dirty, stained teeth.

Fortunately for you, there are many things you can do that will help you get whiter teeth and improve your overall oral health. Let’s take a look at some of these.

Tips for whiter teeth

1. Brush twice daily

Brushing is a good way to keep stains and discoloration at bay. When you eat or drink, bacteria inside your mouth convert the carbohydrates inside them into acids that can eat away at your enamel. These food particles eventually harden and turn into tartar, which gives your teeth a yellowish tint. By brushing twice a day, you remove most food particles on your teeth before they convert into acids. Use a toothpaste with anti-tartar properties and a whitening agent for best results.

2. Avoid foods with strong coloring agents

Nothing stains your teeth faster than food items that contain strong coloring agents. If you want whiter teeth, stay away from foods and beverages like coffee, tea, sodas, and tomato sauce. If you must have some of these things, rinse your mouth with water immediately after you finish.

3. Get your teeth whitened

The fastest way to get whiter teeth is by going to your dentist for a professional whitening treatment. Sure, there are lots of whitening products you can purchase at your local supermarket, but your dentist has access to much more powerful bleaching agents and whiteners. Your dentist also has special lights that can be used to activate the active ingredients in these bleaching agents. You will have visibly whiter teeth after a single whitening session with your dentist.

4. Get professional cleanings twice a year

A professional dental cleaning twice a year is essential for whiter teeth and good oral health. Regardless of how well you take care of your teeth, tartar will eventually build up over time. During a dental cleaning, your dentist will scrape tartar off your teeth using a metal tool and a high vibration device.

Afterward, your teeth are polished, and a fluoride treatment is applied to protect your teeth for months. Your dentist will also conduct a full examination of the cleaning and address any other issue he/she finds with your teeth.

5. Get cosmetic dentistry when necessary

It is still possible to end up with discolored teeth even if you take proper care of your mouth. For example, we cannot remove certain types of stains and discoloration with whitening or cleanings. If this is the case for you, contact a dentist so that you can explore what the best solutions are. Crowns and veneers are two solutions that are often used to address stains and discoloration on your teeth.

Need more information?

For more information on whiter teeth or to schedule an appointment with Sam Khammar DDS,request an appointment in our Forked River dental office here: Or call us at (609) 242-3464.

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Your Holiday Pictures Will Sparkle With Help From Our Teeth Whitening Procedure

Posted on: November 30th, 2015 by Sam Khammar

Teeth WhiteningAs the holidays are approaching, call our office to schedule a teeth whitening procedure. This is one of the easiest ways to improve the appearance of your smile. It can turn your dull teeth into spectacular ones, restore your youthful appearance, and get you ready to smile for hours of family photos. If you are like most families, there’s always that one family member capturing every moment. Each of these pictures and moments will be special, so it is important to look and feel your very best. After all, these are the images that will grace your hallway and photo albums for decades to come.

For most people, preparing for the holidays involves finding the right sweater or dress, finding that old family recipe, getting their hair done, and preparing for all of those interesting holiday moments. Taking care of your teeth should also be at the top of your list because your teeth make a major impact in your appearance. We suggest that you visit us for a teeth cleaning and dental exam so we can remove the plaque making your teeth appear dirty or stained. We can also ensure that you do not have any cavities or infections and treat them if you do. Afterward, we can whiten your teeth so the stains are removed, and they are transformed from a dull shade of yellow to brilliant white.

Our teeth whitening procedure is better than what you can buy in the store.

Once you decide to whiten your teeth, you should take steps to ensure the procedure is successful. While it is easy to walk down the drugstore aisle and select a whitening kit, there are risks involved with this. To start, this portion of the industry is unregulated. That means there is no set consistency among the products you can buy. You could try a whitening kit that barely brightens your teeth, one that works decently, or one that works well. The problem is, you may not know how it will work before you buy it. As a dentist, we are trained medical professionals, and all of our teeth whitening procedures produce dramatic results. There is no guesswork involved when visiting our office, and with limited time to prepare for the holidays, you can rest assured that your smile will be beautiful.

Another reason our procedure works better is because our solution is professional-grade. It is designed to penetrate the enamel so the process of oxidization begins. This is where the molecules inside of your teeth change to reflect less light and appear colorless. As a result, your smile will look bright and white. What you buy in the store will not work as well, because it is typically designed to remove surface stains only. This can help, but your teeth may still look yellow.

We can help you look amazing in time for the holidays, so call and schedule your teeth whitening today.


A Dental Review of Teeth Whitening Products

Posted on: December 12th, 2014 by Sam Khammar
Teeth WhiteningIn our dental office, patients regularly ask for our opinion on teeth whitening products.  This is understandable considering that there are new television commercials out on what seems like a weekly basis.  With so many products on the marketplace, it can become difficult to tell which ones will work best for your teeth and what you should try – we get it.  Fortunately, as a dentist, we understand how the products work and can share that information with you – It’s all about the options. When you visit a drug store, go to the right aisle, and you will see a plethora of options for whitening your teeth.  The first thing, that you need to know before getting started, is how white do you want your teeth to be.  If you have major stains or your teeth are extremely yellow, it is best for you to have your teeth whitened at the dentist office so that you will like the results instead of being disappointed.  Most store-bought products are designed to work but not as well, since the whitening solution isn’t as strong.  At the store, you can select from a whitening toothpaste, strips or trays.  You can try one or all of them to see how your teeth react.  One thing, to keep in mind, is that you don’t want to overuse any product so proceed with caution and if you are tempted to perform a treatment in rapid succession, schedule a dental appointment. Ease of use All of the whitening products on the market are fairly easy to use.  Whitening toothpaste is by far the easiest because all, you need to do, is brush your teeth carefully.  Strips are also easy to use, but they can slip off when you speak, and you can’t eat with them in.  Use these at home when it is quiet instead of during the day when you are running around.  Whitening trays are easy to use except that the drug store ones may become loose or fall out easily because they are designed for everyone to use, instead of created for an individual patient.  Having professional teeth whitening trays created is by far your best option. Avoid sensitivity If you are concerned about having sensitive teeth or the process being uncomfortable, you should make sure to have your teeth examined first.  This way we can identify and treat any cavities, infections or gum disease.  If you apply a whitening solution onto teeth with these problems, it can cause you significantly more pain.  Instead, deal with any problems and then proceed with whitening your teeth.  You also need to make sure that you don’t overuse the product by repeating the procedure too often or in quick succession.  If you do, your teeth can become sensitivity.  In fact, overuse is the main cause of tooth sensitivity.  Finally, you can avoid feeling bad by using professionally created teeth whitening trays instead of ones bought from the store.  With the risk of solution leaking onto your gums, you need to be careful. As a dentist, we can provide you with more information on teeth whitening during your next dental exam.

Dr. Khammar Answers Commonly Asked Questions About Teeth Whitening

Posted on: October 31st, 2014 by Sam Khammar
Teeth WhiteningIf your teeth are yellow and stained, teeth whitening can help.  We offer professional whitening procedures that can brighten your smile by up to eight shades.  This is by far the easiest way to transform your appearance because it doesn’t require spending hours in the gym or going on a diet, yet it will still improve how you look.  With surveys that say a beautiful smile is the most attractive quality someone can have, this simple procedure can make a big difference in how people perceive you. Many of our patients are interested in whitening their teeth and ask Dr. Khammar questions about how the procedure works.  We have provided answers to commonly asked questions here and for more information, please schedule a consultation. How white will my teeth get? It depends on the type of procedure that you are using to whiten them.  If you buy a solution from the store, the results are typically around two shades.  If you schedule a teeth whitening with the dentist, your teeth will get around eight shades, or more, whiter.  The difference is stunning so if you want to see dramatic results, schedule a dental appointment instead of heading to the drug store. Does this really work? Yes, teeth whitening works because the solution contains some level of peroxide.  The peroxide can penetrate underneath the enamel and start the oxidation process that makes the molecules inside of your teeth reflect less light.  As they become colorless, they look whiter. Is it safe? If you have a dental procedure completed by the dentist, you know for sure that it is safe.  The same applies for teeth whitening.  Our patients are safe and comfortable during treatment. However, if you have them whitened using an over the counter solution, the trays may leak, and your gums can become irritated.  Additionally, if you visit a mall kiosk or tanning salon, there is no guarantee that you won’t experience any complications since the people performing the procedure are not medically trained. What are my options? We recommend that you have them whitened at our dentist office.  We can provide you with customized whitening trays that have been made using an impression of your mouth.  By giving you whitening solution to use at home, you can control how white your teeth become and the customized fit of the trays is entirely comfortable and safe.  You can also have an in-office procedure.  If you elect to try something from the store, keep in mind that it won’t produce the same level of results.  In the store, you can purchase whitening trays, strips, and toothpaste.  If you try one and don’t like it, you can always try something else the next time.  For fast results, you can depend on, visit the dentist. To learn more about teeth whitening and how you can transform your smile using this and other procedures, call Dr. Khammar and schedule an appointment right away.