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There Are Many Dangers to At Home Whitening Products

Posted on 12/7/2020 by Alan Snodgrass
There Are Many Dangers to At Home Whitening ProductsIn today's world, more and more people are beginning to take notice of the color and brightness of their smiles. Perhaps this is because we are taking and posting pictures constantly. Perhaps it is simply because whitening procedures are so easily accessible these days. However, with that easy accessibility also comes cause for concern. With all of the products available for “convenient” at home sessions, it is important to note the risks which also may accompany them.

Reduction in Tooth Hardness

So many of the DIY products contain various chemical which can cause numerous different types of damage when not applied properly or when the post-procedure instructions are not followed correctly. For example, those which contain sodium chlorate can significantly reduce the hardness of teeth when exposed to certain kinds of common acids which may come from food or beverages.

Blisters and Chemical Burns

In addition to compromising the hardness of the tooth, the soft tissues of the mouth can also be damaged by improper use or solutions which utilize certain chemicals. Burns and blisters from these compounds can break out on the gums, inside of the cheeks, inner lips or the tongue.

Damage to Nerves and Gums

In some of the more severe cases involving home care whitening treatments, serious damage to the nerves of the teeth, as well as the gums may also occur. Even when the problem isn't as severe, tooth and nerve sensitivity following the use of one of these products is still possible. All of these reasons point to the fact that it is simply safer to let a dental professional perform this procedure, rather than doing it yourself.

When it comes to having a brighter smile, the risk which accompanies at home treatments simply may not be worth it. Contact our office today to find out more about the advantages of a professional whitening procedure.
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