60 million consumers warn about “harmful and useless” products
Behind the marketing dental whitening can hide from dangerous products and scams that don’t work. Treatments for white teeth and big promises abound online. But beware, some components misused or overdosed can have significant consequences on your oral health. A consultation with a dentist is always the best way to meet a dental need.
The products of teeth whitening can come in various forms. They can be found in gels to be applied with a brush, in strips or gutters to be used at home. In these products, the bleaching agent is the hydrogen peroxide. The whitening power and the risk for the teeth increase with the content of this component.
Teeth whitening and its controversial products
Teeth whitening is big business all over the world. Millions of kits teeth whitening are sold every year. For people looking for a brighter smile, it’s a quick and easy solution. The majority of consumers do not know the correct dosage of substances.
According to a survey by 60 million consumersthe concentration in hydrogen peroxide not to be exceeded, is evaluated at 6%. Products exceeding this standard are thus prohibited in the European Union. Knowing that products containing 0.1 to 6% hydrogen peroxide or 0.3 to 16% carbamide peroxide are only allowed for application by dental surgeons.
Possible reactions to the use of teeth whitening products
The first problem that can occur following the use of these harmful products is reversible. It is dental hypersensitivity. “ Hydrogen peroxide acts faster, but induces more sensitivity”, specified Dr Éric Bonnet, dental surgeon for the investigation of 60 million consumers. The doctor has been practicing and teaching teeth whitening techniques for over thirty years.
Second potential problem: the risk of aggravating an existing undiagnosed pathology. “ On a decayed tooth, hydrogen peroxide, even at low concentration, will penetrate very deeply and cause mortification, that is to say a loss of vitality. If you also have inflammation of the gums, it will increase it ”reports Dr. Christophe Lequart, general public spokesperson for the French Union for Oral Health (UFSBD).
Third and last problem that can happen after a teeth whiteningthe email degradation of your teeth. When the product is weakly concentrated (0.1% maximum), it can be done a maximum of twice a year. Remember, before performing teeth whitening, it is in any case essential to consult a dentist to check the condition of your teeth. Be careful, in the smile bars, the employees do not belong to the medical profession.