Dentists share safe whitening tips as demand for treatment surges

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Dentists have offered safe whitening tips amid a surge in demand for cosmetic tooth whitening treatment.

Dental associations, including the British Dental Association (BDA), have previously issued warnings over DIY whitening products and trends that have appeared on platforms like TikTok. Now, dentists are encouraging members of the public to utilise safe measures to whiten their teeth and enjoy a brighter smile.

Dr Rhona Eskander, dentist and oral ambassador for Waterpik, said that consumers should be aware of the potential drawbacks and dangers of buying products online. The products dentists use contain legal doses of whitening agents, including hydrogen peroxide. Approved whitening products you can buy over the counter and via websites contain much lower quantities, which will make very little difference to the teeth.

There are also significant dangers linked to buying products that don’t meet safety standards online and following tutorials that offer tips including applying bleach to the teeth. Bleaching the teeth can cause irreparable damage to the enamel and burn the gums, the roof of the mouth and the tongue.

Dr Eskander encourages patients to maintain good oral hygiene, to avoid common staining agents in foods such as coffee, tea, wine and soy sauce and to arrange regular professional cleaning treatments. For those who want to see a noticeable difference in the colour of their teeth, dentist treatments are the best option. Many dental practices offer both in-chair and at-home treatments, which use bleach to lighten the shade of the enamel. Dentists will check the patient’s teeth before recommending treatment and provide advice and care during and after the procedure.

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