While teeth whitening remains the number one cosmetic treatment in the United States, there are side effects of teeth whitening that everyone should be aware of before they begin, or continue, whitening. While almost everyone desires a beautiful smile to project to the world, many people are unaware of the damage that teeth whitening can do to their teeth and gums when not used correctly. Oral health is a vital part of a person’s general health, and because of this teeth whitening should be fully examined and researched before it is begun.
Children under the age of 16 and women who are pregnant should not whiten their teeth. The nerves of the teeth are enlarged as they are developing during childhood, and whitening the teeth can cause irritation to the nerve and which in turn can cause damage. Women who are pregnant or lactating should also steer clear of teeth whitening. Bleach is the main ingredient used in teeth whitening, and this is a substance that should not be passed on to a developing baby or infant during pregnancy or nursing.
People who have gum disease, cavities, and receding gums should also steer clear of teeth whitening. The teeth whitening solutions penetrate into any existing decay or exposed areas of the teeth nerves that can cause incredible and irreversible tooth sensitivity.
Many people today are also becoming addicted to teeth whitening. They are trying to achieve an impossibly white smile that they see photoshopped onto the covers of magazines. By over whitening the teeth, people are damaging the enamel and roots of the teeth. When the enamel and roots are damaged, pain is a side effect that won’t go away.
Before you start a teeth whitening regimen, know that there are negative side effects that can result from the procedure. While tooth sensitivity may be temporary, over use of teeth whitening products can result in permanent side effects that you do not want. Talk to your dentist before whitening to determine the best route to take to achieve the bright, white smile you desire.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Omar Damji, Executive Park Dentistry
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