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Is Hydrogen Peroxide Safe for Teeth Whitening?

Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient used in any tooth whitening system, whether it involves ready-made home kits, dental trays prescribed at a clinic, or in-office procedures conducted by licensed professionals. Many people use home-grade hydrogen peroxide as a mouth rinse; some dentists endorse its proper use, and usage instructions are even indicated on the bottle of hydrogen peroxide solutions. The flag has been raised on this tooth bleaching chemical, though. Is it really safe to use as a tooth whitener? There have been instances when exposure to the corrosive chemical resulted in mouth ulcers, open sores, upset stomachs, and worse. This article sets the story straight on the pros and cons of hydrogen peroxide as a tooth whitening agent.

The good news is that hydrogen peroxide (and it’s milder alternative, carbamide peroxide) is deemed safe to use by international dental associations, so long as it comes in the right formulations and administered in a proper clinic. The key word here is the proper clinical setting, since a procedure which involves high concentrations of a corrosive chemical should only be considered after thorough evaluation and prognosis. Hydrogen peroxide breaks down into free radicals which corrode and dissolve stains on the surface and within the teeth; specialists recognize the risks of the procedure and mind measures to prevent prolonged exposure, especially to soft tissue.

Dentists use high-grade hydrogen peroxide concentrations for procedures conducted in-clinic, with 30% volume bleaching gels and higher. The side effects of exposure are offset by chemical accelerators which break down the compound into harmless radicals; the PH level of the gel is raised to facilitate the breakdown, or metallic ions are applied after each exposure to achieve the same effect. Moreover, protective measures are prioritized as part of the treatment. A composite resin is applied to gum tissue and exposed tooth roots, and a mouth guard or dam is placed to prevent gel leaks and irritation. Hydrogen peroxide is safe to use if all the precautions are in place.

There are beauty salons which offer teeth whitening procedures as part of package treatments, but the downside to the affordable costs is the absence of the strict standards observed in a proper clinic. The source of the tooth whitening system used for the procedure is also questionable, since beauty salons aren’t recognized and regulated by dental health associations. It’s highly important that your teeth whitening treatment is conducted by licensed and recognized practitioners, in a clinic that’s certified by your local dental board. The safety of the procedure is only guaranteed if it’s covered by a regulating agency and abides by state laws.



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