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Are Teeth-Whiteners Risky?

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 02:14 PM

Home teeth-whitening products have grown in popularity in recent years, but are they safe?

Peroxide is the key ingredient in most at-home whitening products and it is generally considered safe, according to a Fox News report on the issue. 
 
Peroxide works by forming bubbles on the enamel to remove stains. The most common side effect is tooth sensitivity, but experts have differing opinions when it comes to whitening your teeth at home.
 
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"Consumers have access to lots of over-the-counter teeth whitening products that can damage your teeth," Gerry Curatola, M.D., of Rejuvenation Dentistry in New York City told FoxNews.com. "Some of these products use too high a concentration of the bleaching agent, which is generally a form of hydrogen peroxide."
 
Some at-home teeth-whitening products are acidic and can damage the gums, tongue, or throat. When used frequently, Dr. Curatola said, these products can also cause damage to the mineralization and enamel of your teeth.
 
If you notice a fluorescent blue hue to your teeth, that can be a sign of over-whitening, he noted.
 
"You should only whiten your teeth for a short period of time — less than a week, and it should be done not more than 2 to 3 months at a time," he added. "For the right type of system, I really recommend consulting your dentist, or doing this process under a dentist’s supervision."

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