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Trading standards issues alert over teeth whitening products


Professional teeth whitening is better than being exposed to dangerous levels of bleach.  People considering teeth whitening treatment may be wise to visit a professional after trading standards officials in one part of the UK issued an alert over potentially dangerous products.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council discovered that some products being used in the area by beauticians and other healthcare practitioners contained a massive 360 times the permitted level of hydrogen peroxide.

The current legal limit is 0.1 per cent, but some tooth whitening products were made up of 36 per cent bleach, which could strip away tooth enamel and expose the sensitive dentine beneath.

East Riding council spokeswoman Jane Evison commented: "It is good news that more people are interested in taking greater care of the appearance of their teeth but whiter teeth should not be to the detriment of their health and wellbeing."

This comes after Midlands dentist Yusuf Kaderbhai warned Cosmetic Dentistry Guide that he has recently seen cases in which teenagers have used ash, baking soda and even household bleach to get whiter teeth.

Teenagers ‘should stay away from home teeth whitening products’


Household items should not be used as teeth whitening products. A dentist has warned young people to avoid home teeth whitening products after hearing than some people are using dangerous substances to achieve Hollywood smiles.

Yusuf Kaderbhai, who owns a practice in the Midlands, told Cosmetic Dentistry Guide that he has heard of teenagers using ash, baking soda and even bleach to copy celebrities such as Cheryl Cole.

He explained that these substances can cause permanent damage to the teeth by stripping the enamel away, making them vulnerable to decay and acid erosion.

Instead of doing DIY, Dr Kaderbhai said it is better to seek professional teeth whitening treatments, which are more affordable now than ever.

Miriam Stoppard also recently told the Mirror that DIY kits are not a good idea, as the sodium bicarbonate and hydrogen peroxide could damage the gums when not being used by professionals.

This could lead to long-term health problems such as heart issues if they enter the bloodstream.

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