Can Teeth Whitening Harm your Teeth
October 17, 2023Dentist Epping
Can teeth whitening harm your teeth0/
- Potent Whitening Gel: Many teeth whitening gels are too strong. They contain hydrogen peroxide, the primary active ingredient, which should be the only active ingredient. Some newer whitening ingredients can be dangerous.
- Regulatory Differences: Teeth whitening products lack robust regulation in the US, leading to a wide variety of options. The European Union (EU) has stricter standards, limiting over-the-counter whitening gel to 6% and setting age restrictions.
- Surface and Sensitivity: Whitening gels can alter the surface enamel and demineralize teeth, causing sensitivity and pain. Over-bleaching, whether with high concentrations or too frequent use, can harm the tooth’s pulp, potentially leading to a root canal.
- Wait Until Age 18: It’s advisable to delay whitening until at least 18 years old. The pulp chambers within the teeth shrink over time, making them less likely to be exposed to the whitening gel and reducing the risk of damage.