Concerns about tooth whitening dangers are common. But if used properly, both short-term and long-term tooth whitening dangers are rare.
To reduce your risk of tooth whitening dangers, keep these tips in mind:
- Allergies: Be sure to read the labels on whitening products to avoid a potentially dangerous situation. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients, don't use the product, and talk to your dentist about safe options. Also, don't forget that whitening toothpastes and oral rinses present fewer possible tooth whitening dangers than bleaching products, and they may help improve your smile safely.
- Technique: If you are using teeth whitening strips, be sure you are applying them properly. Correct application will reduce your risk of common tooth whitening dangers—tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.
- Health: The most serious tooth whitening dangers can occur if you use tooth whitening products when you have an unhealthy mouth. If you have active gingivitis, cavities, or loose crowns, fillings, or other dental work, have these problems addressed before you begin a whitening regimen, and you will avoid tooth whitening dangers. (1)
Study Reduces Concern Over Tooth Whitening Dangers
A recent review conducted by the Cochrane Collaboration found that tooth whitening dangers from short-term use are limited mainly to tooth sensitivity and gum irritation if the whitening products are used correctly. The review evaluated tray-based gels, teeth whitening strips, and whitening films that were painted onto the teeth, but did not evaluate whitening toothpastes. Long-term studies are needed to evaluate any long-term tooth whitening dangers or safety concerns, the researchers said. (2)