Are At-Home Whitening Treatments Safe?
If you use or are thinking about using an at-home teeth whitening kit, you may be wondering about the specifics of teeth whitening, and whether it can cause any damage to your teeth. Experts don’t always agree on the answer, but it’s good to know the risks that you are taking even attempting to whiten your teeth without the knowledge or approval of your dentist.
The main ingredient of all at-home teeth whitening kits is peroxide, a bleaching agent. The small amounts of peroxide found in basic kits are not dangerous. It works by producing bubbles that scrub away stains on your teeth. Sounds harmless, right? Unfortunately, some kits contain too much bleaching agent, essentially a form of hydrogen peroxide.
Experts say that if your teeth whitening agent is too acidic, or it fails to do its job properly in any way, it can do serious damage to your mouths soft tissue – your gums, throat, and tongue. And if used too frequently, it can damage the enamel of your teeth.
In fact, just the frequency alone can hurt your dental health. Whitening at home too often can cause tooth sensitivity. Dentists say you should refrain from whitening for more than a week, and even then, only for two to three months at a time.
It is highly recommended that if you are unable to go to your dentist for regularly scheduled teeth whitening visits, and you wish to buy a product for home use, that you ask for a recommendation from your dentist, and proceed with its usage only under their supervision.
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