Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Are you using too much tooth whitener?
Especially these days, with job interviews looming, consumers have been using a lot of tooth whiteners.
According to www.Consumerreportshealth.com (Feb 2010), we drop millions on bleaching the choppers.
Too much of a good thing? The American Dental Association says these can damage gums and teeth if you don’t use them right.
Getting teeth too white can also mask diseases (such as celiac disease) that make teeth dingy.
European regulators said the products should contain no more than 6% hydrogen peroxide.
None of the American products lists a percentage.
To be safe, maybe use them no more than twice a year. And don’t use them at all if your front teeth have veneers, caps, crowns, dentures or white fillings—the whitening only works on real teeth.
Brush after meals and stay away from coffee, tea, red wine, smoking and soft drinks—yes, even the clear ones can contribute to staining.
I read in Entertainment Weekly that some starlet said whiteners can hurt your gums. See? Movie stars know this stuff.