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Dangers of Using At-Home Teeth Whitening Kits

Posted on 6/21/2021 by Office
Dangers of Using At-Home Teeth Whitening KitsEveryone loves a shiny and pearly set of white teeth. However, this is not easy to obtain. That's why people try all kinds of tips and tricks just to make their teeth whiter and brighter. One of these tricks is to use at-home teeth whitening kits.

While these can be somewhat effective, they are quite dangerous as well.

Damaged Tooth Enamel

The reason why these teeth whitening kits work, or appear to work temporarily, is because they contain strong acids. These acids help strip away the stains on your teeth for a brighter appearance.

However, while they're at it, they can also strip away the enamel layer on your teeth. When this protective layer is gone, it leaves your teeth exposed to many risks and can lead to increased sensitivity from prolonged usage.

Gums Burns

Additionally, those strong acids can not only cause damage to your teeth, but they can also hurt your gums. The intensity of the ingredients in the whitening kits can burn your gums and even cause the gum tissues around the teeth to start pulling back. Also called gum recession, this can further expose your teeth to dangerous bacteria.


The whitening kits can cause burns in the other parts of the mouth too and if not treated properly right away, these burns can turn into dangerous infections. Moreover, you also have a higher chance of developing infections from at-home teeth whitening kits if you don't practice good dental hygiene habits already.

If you practice good oral hygiene habits along with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, your teeth will naturally appear healthy and bright. However, if you do want them to appear whiter, you should consult your dentist regarding a teeth whitening procedure.

Moreover, if you still wish to do it at home only, you should again consult your dentist as to which products are safe and the right way to use them.

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