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DIY teeth whitening ‘could bleach the gums’

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People carrying out teeth whitening at home could risk bleached gums.Anyone considering having a teeth whitening treatment could consider seeking a professional to carry it out following a warning from one health practitioner.

Dr Jason McCargar from Scottsdale Dental Arts said he has seen a number of cases in which people have experienced unwanted side effects from DIY kits.

“The most common complaint I hear from patients after using a prescription-strength at-home whitening kit is that their gums turn white,” he commented.

The expert explained this is a result of too much bleach being used and the solution spilling off the teeth and onto the gums, where it oxidises the tissue.

Although he conceded the effect is not permanent, this could look unsightly should the victim have to go out to work and may prompt people to seek the advice of professionals.

Dr Timothy Kosinski recently told ExpertClicks.com that laser teeth whitening could be a quick, effective alternative to traditional treatments.

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