Is Teeth Whitening Dangerous?

Let’s face it; our pearly whites are turning yellow! Whether it’s our age, drinking and eating habits, tobacco use or other, there’s plenty of factors that can lead to tooth discoloration. And with teeth whitening so affordable and accessible nowadays, people can’t help but jump on the trend. But is it dangerous? We’re here to answer your questions.

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Fact: There is no evidence to suggest teeth whitening impacts your overall health.

Because the procedure is limited to your mouth, the chemicals are not harsh enough to cause harm to other areas of your body. So far, studies have found no long-term health implications. We often don’t recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers, which is probably why so many people wonder! But this is just precautionary. Better to be safe than sorry right?

However, The American Dental Association recommends that you check in with your dentist before using white strips. There can be short-term consequences to whitening, such as tooth sensitivity and gum or tooth pain, but no long-term side effects. Your dentist can help you treat this pain with new toothpaste, pain relievers or a numbing gel.

Teeth whitening also doesn’t effect any teeth restorations like fillings, bondings, bridges, etc, and none of the enamel on the teeth is harmed. However, we do like to stick to the common phrase “do everything in moderation.” Obviously, teeth whitening every day for 5 years wouldn’t be recommended. Do it when you really need it, and you’ll be a-okay!

While you can do at-home teeth-whitening, it works best with a professional! Learn about our Kor Whitening system at Jordan Dentistry! For more questions, give us a call at 770-888-6262.

 

 

 

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