Dangers And Risks In Whitening Teeth
What are the dangers in whitening teeth?
Understand the potential risks, side effects and problems you might encounter when you have your teeth
Teeth whitening has become a popular
procedure among many men and women looking to have a whiter, brighter smile. It's one of the fastest and easiest
way to remove stained and discoloration of the tooth, and most people who use teeth whitening products or go for an
in-office procedure suffered no side effects from having their teeth whitened.
However when a strong chemical – such
as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide used in teeth bleaching gels – is applied to your teeth, you need to be
aware of the risks and dangers of teeth whitening before you get your teeth whitened.
The Risks and Dangers of Teeth Whitening are:
- If the whitening gel accidentally gets into your mouth, it is likely to
irritate your gums, tongue, lips or other soft tissues.
- For some people, the peroxide in the gel can make the teeth sensitive to hot
or cold liquids, or even result in pain.
- If you accidentally swallow some of the whitening gel it can cause nausea,
vomiting or stomach upset.
- In some cases of in-office laser teeth
whitening, there may be burning, swelling and blistering of the lips.
- Some home remedies for
whitening teeth can damage the enamel and cause tooth decay if they are used incorrectly and in the
- Tooth whitening procedure is not recommended in pregnant or lactating women.
Accidental swallowing of the whitening gel can affect the unborn child's teeth.
The hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide used in teeth whitening
products are strong, reactive chemicals that may produce side effects such as burning, ulcers or other sores to the
soft tissues on the inside of the mouth (oral mucosa) on contact. This is the most common side effect of teeth
whitening. The degree of damage depends on how sensitive you are, as well as on how concentrated the bleaching gel
is and how long you are exposed to it.
That said, the greatest danger of exposing your mouth to peroxide
burns occurs when people use over the counter teeth whitening products with mouthpiece or tray that often does not
fit properly, thus causing some of the solution to ooze out. Many users end up with minor gum irritations or burns
in their mouths. Fortunately, such irritations or sores will usually heal within a few days, although some people
can suffer for weeks.
For teeth whitening safety and to avoid the risks of peroxide
leakage, always use ADA or FDA approved teeth whitening kits or go for in-office tooth whitening procedures
that use custom-fitted dental trays to ensure that none of the chemicals come into contact with your soft tissues.
This way, you are most unlikely to experience any mouth irritation.
Tooth sensitivity is another side effect when patients first start
the teeth whitening process. One such common complaint is a temporary tooth sensitivity to hot or cold drinks. The
cause of teeth to become extra sensitive is usually the case of the nerve-packed surface beneath the enamel being
exposed to external stimuli such as a high concentration of peroxide to obtain the maximum teeth whitening effect.
Some people with heightened sensitivity are more severely affected than others and will suffer pain in their teeth
after whitening, sometimes for days afterwards.
Any pain caused by such tooth sensitivity can usually be treated with
painkillers, by brushing with specially formulated toothpaste or by applying a desensitizing gel. Of course you
will temprarily need to avoid beverages that are too hot or cold as well!
Safety Advice: Anyone
who is also suffering from any mouth ulcers or abrasions on the gums should also avoid teeth whitening since they
can be aggravated during the administering of bleaching agents in the teeth whitening treatment process.
Risks With Home Remedies
You might be surprised to learn that
remedies for whitening teeth can also have significant side effects. For example, wood ash and baking
soda are both effective teeth whiteners, but when use in the wrong quatity, they can be quite abrasive and
therefore should be used sparingly. The fruit acids in lemon juice and strawberries while can help remove tooth
stains, weaken the enamel on your teeth and make them more susceptible to cavities.
It is therefore important to know how to use each of these natural
home remedies, so that you don’t risk harming your teeth.
The above are some of the dangers in whitening teeth. Nevertheless,
whitening is still a safe dental procedure when done properly and according to directions.
Millions of people have their teeth whitened every year, and very few
suffer any side effects or problems in their teeth whitening treatment.
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