Danger-It-Yourself Teeth Whitening

Dangers of DIY Teeth WhiteningEverybody wants to have whither teeth, but not all want to visit their dentists regularly for professional teeth bleaching. Some people find it expensive, while others find it a complete waste of time.

Cheap and easy DIY bleaching have lured many people lately, but what they do not know is that doing teeth whitening alone without the guidance and expertise of a dentist could actually cost them more money, time, and trouble.

The most common homemade trick for teeth whitening is the combination of hydrogen peroxide and baking powder. The two look like harmless (hydrogen peroxide is used to disinfect, while baking soda is used as an ingredient for pastries). When combined, the two substances may wreak havoc to your teeth and gums.

May Weaken Teeth

Some people dare to mix higher amounts of hydrogen peroxide (the safe is 3%, but that won’t make your teeth whiter) and baking soda. Too much hydrogen peroxide may actually cause your teeth to become thinner. Thinner teeth can make you more prone to chipping and tooth decay, which can be costly and timely to treat.

May Discolour Teeth

Stronger whitening solutions may actually scrape off the dentin that coats the enamel of your teeth. Our teeth’s enamel is naturally yellow. So the more you scrub your dentin off, the more your teeth become yellow.

May be Toxic, Too

Accidentally swallowing teeth whitening solutions could be dangerous. For instance, small amount of hydrogen peroxide could damage your mouth and gastrointestinal tract when ingested, explains Currambine Dental.

May Even Cause Gum Disease

Performing teeth whitening without the guidance of a professional could damage the lining of your gums. This could then expose you to infections that may cause gum diseases.

There’s a reason that only professionals perform dental whitening procedures. For your teeth whitening needs in Perth, enlisting the service of a cosmetic dentist would be wiser than trying out DIY teeth whitening tricks that are based on either hearsay or assumptions.