Teeth Whitening Safety Issues

There have been concerns raised about the safety and effectiveness of teeth whitening products. Whilst some studies have proved that the process is safe and effective, however, in the UK and EU most peroxide-based whitening kits have been banned in recent years.

Elsewhere these products are still readily available. It should also be noted that in the USA the FDA does not consider teeth whitening products to be drugs and therefore doesn’t regulate for them.

Safety Concerns About Peroxide

It has been claimed that the enamel of the teeth is not affected if the whitening agent contains less than ten percent carbamide peroxide.

Higher percentage of carbamide and hydrogen peroxide may prove harmful for the teeth enamel, but the fluoride content of the formula should remove the side effects to a considerable extent.

Dentists also prescribe fluoride gels to those using a higher concentration of these whitening materials which help as a protective cover.

In case of acute sensitivity or gum irritation, one may discontinue the usage of the teeth whitening agents on a regular basis and use it on alternate days.

The agent may also be applied for lesser time. Some in-office, at-home or over-the-counter teeth whitening agents may result in tooth sensitivity and irritation of the gums.

Whereas prescription fluoride is a good remedy for sensitivity, over-the-counter products like Orajel treat gum irritation well.

Home Treatment Or Dental Supervision

Some dentists complain of the loss of patients as well as revenues and hold the large companies with a vast array of over-the-counter teeth whitening products responsible as being the root cause for this loss.

On the contrary, these products help create awareness and enthusiasm among the masses about teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry which should in turn help the dentists.

In fact some manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter products actually suggest consulting with the dentist and taking their opinion about the cosmetic dental options whilst giving a brief description about these teeth whitening procedures.

Zero Peroxide Solution

Fortunately for you and me there is now a teeth whitening product available online that doesn’t contain any peroxide. This may be an option for you to consider. One we would definitely recommend for home treatments.