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DIY Whitening Dangers

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Everyone wants to have bright, sparkly teeth.  Some people want quick, inexpensive results and they are tempted to try some “do it yourself” remedies.  What they don’t realize is how potentially harmful these home remedies can be.

These are some of the dangers of “DIY” Whitening:

Harmful to your Enamel– Two of the most common ingredients used at home to whiten teeth are baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.  Baking soda is very abrasive and if overused, it can cause a condition called tooth abrasion where it causes the enamel to wear down.  If not used properly, both baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can also cause erosion of the enamel which can cause pain with sweets or temperature changes of food.

Damage to your Gums- If hydrogen peroxide is used in high concentrations, it will not only be harmful to your enamel, but it can also be very harmful and damaging to your gums as well.  If there is damage to the gums from improper use of these products, it can make the gums more susceptible to infections.

Incorrect Directions– Many times, people giving DIY whitening instructions have very little to no training in dentistry.  As a result, they may not be giving correct instructions since they don’t realize the potential dangers of DIY whitening methods.

If you have tried these methods and you are noticing some of these uncomfortable symptoms, call and make an appointment with your dentist right away.  If you are interested in whitening your teeth, contact your dentist.  It is much safer to consult with your dentist before trying any “DIY” dental remedy on your own.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

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