Is Teeth Whitening at Home Dangerous?

You may have seen those teeth whitening treatments on the web or in a drugstore. However, Dr. Anthony Mobasser, the celebrity dentist, warns his patients about self-prescribed teeth whitening treatments as they can cause harmful effects.

What are these DIY teeth whitening that you must not consider?

One of the most popular remedies is the use of lemon juice and baking soda. Baking soda, per se, offers benefits to your teeth as it can minimize acidity in your mouth. But pairing it with lemon juice is a bad idea as it can erode enamel.shutterstock_241390771

Mixing baking soda with hydrogen peroxide is also not a good idea. It does not only cause gum irritation, but it can also worsen your existing tooth condition. Although the teeth whitening treatments available at your dentist’s office contain hydrogen peroxide, the amount is at the safe level. Plus, it is supervised by your dentist, unlike when you have it at home.

Mouth Guard for Teeth Whitening

One of the most commonly used tools in teeth whitening procedure is mouth guard. Unfortunately, most individuals don’t have the knowledge on how to use it properly. Most of the time, the mouthpiece does not fit well in their mouth. As a result of an unfitted mouth guard, they experience gum recession. When their gums recede, the hydrogen peroxide in the teeth whitening product they use can reach the tooth and irritate it, resulting in chemical burns.

At Dr. Mobasser’s office, mouth guards should accurately fit the patient’s mouth to avoid any gum injuries. Because of these dangers, teeth whitening should only be done under the supervision of a health professional. If you are planning to purchase a teeth whitening kit, be wary. It has been reported that some of these kits contain banned chemicals that can cause fatal abnormalities.

Furthermore, the whitening kits that you find online don’t have a list of ingredients. It is a clear sign of being an unsafe DIY teeth whitening method. If you want to be safe, you must only consider having your teeth whitened at your dentist’s office. It is to make sure that you will not experience gum irritation or recession. Keep in mind that when your teeth and gums are harmed, they require expensive treatments.

Teeth whitening done professionally may cost more but it is worth it, and it is safer. You must not settle for cheap treatments because your teeth deserve better. Call Dr. Mobasser’s office today to book an appointment for your teeth whitening treatment.