Most Britons Choose The Dentist For Whitening Treatment

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According to a recent survey, most Britons prefer to visit their dentist for whitening treatment. A poll carried out by Atomik Research revealed that 72 per cent of people choose to see a dentist for tooth whitening treatment, with 28 per cent said that they would rather buy a home whitening kit online or visit a beautician.

The survey, which involved more than 2,000 people in the UK, was carried out in February. Twenty five per cent of people also said that beauticians and practitioners working in kiosks offering whitening treatment in shopping centres were qualified to provide whitening treatment; despite the fact that new laws introduced last year have rendered this practice illegal. Changes made by the European Council mean that whitening products, which contain between 0.1% and 6% hydrogen peroxide, can only legally be supplied to trained dental professionals.

Tooth whitening has become very popular in recent years and the treatment was available at several outlets, with practitioners who have no formal dental training able to offer the service. Dentists were worried that members of the public were at risk and the British Dental Association campaigned for changes to be introduced to protect people and ensure that whitening treatment can only be provided by trained dentists.

Tooth whitening is generally considered to be very safe, but dentists believe that patients should undergo consultations before treatment because there is a risk of tooth sensitivity and treatment may not be suitable for patients who have existing dental problems.

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