5 WORST SIDE EFFECTS OF USING HYDROGEN PEROXIDE FOR TEETH WHITENING AT HOME
1. Hydrogen Peroxide Effect On Enamel:
Since going to dentists for whitening teeth each
time is very expensive, many prefer to use do it yourself whitening kits. The most common ingredient in almost all the teeth whitening kits are hydrogen peroxide. When we use hydrogen peroxide on the teeth it releases free
radicals which interacts to give the whitening effect. When used in larger doses it results in loss of enamel. Usually the teeth whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide ranging from 3 % to 10%. When used in small doses we don’t see the results immediately so most of the companies prefer to use large doses to give us instant whitening feel. A sad thing is when we lose our enamel, it also results in temporary tooth
whitening effect. When buying teeth whitening kit make sure to check for the percentage of hydrogen peroxide in it.
2. Hydrogen Peroxide Effect On Soft Tissue:
We all know the ill effects of free radicals
it is the reason for premature aging and degenerative diseases. When we
use hydrogen peroxide at home especially in higher concentrations, the
soft tissues are exposed to the hydrogen peroxide as many of us don’t take
measures to protect them. Many hydrogen peroxide gels for teeth whitening requires us to put the gel in gum shields and apply. The barriers protect the soft tissue from hydrogen peroxide exposure but what about teeth whitening strips? If our gums are exposed regularly to the hydrogen peroxide, it might lead to ulcers in the gums. Make sure to protect the gums from direct exposure to hydrogen peroxide gels and if ulcers form apply vitamin E oil on it..
3. Toxicity Due to Hydrogen Peroxide:
If the shields don’t fit properly, the hydrogen peroxide gel will leak out onto the gums. Prolonged exposure of the gums to the hydrogen peroxide can easily cause burns in the soft tissue. When hydrogen peroxide enters our body free radicals are produced. When the free radical are
released, if it is in smaller amounts the body tries to fight it off but in large doses we have to face all the ill effects of free radicals like premature aging, degenerative diseases, etc. Also if we ingest hydrogen peroxide accidentally when using it in the mouth it can cause ulcers in the stomach and throat. In smaller doses hydrogen peroxide does not cause any toxicity as only very tiny amount enters our body but in higher doses there is a high chance of toxicity.
4. Hydrogen Peroxide Effect On Tooth Sensitivity:
Many experience teeth sensitivity after using hydrogen peroxide. That is because of the loss of the enamel. Once the enamel is eroded, the teeth loses it’s protective barrier and is exposed to stains more than ever. You will find yourself with stained and discolored teeth very often. So we tend to use the teeth whitening strips more often, it becomes a vicious cycle. One other important thing is the time that
hydrogen peroxide is on our teeth is very very important. If left for
too long it will cause tooth sensitivity. The tooth sensitivity occurs
because hydrogen peroxide reaches the pulp (the inner layer). This also
happens with less time with subsequent use as the enamel gets eroded..
5. Hydrogen Peroxide Effect On People With Dental Problems:
Sever irritation might occur if the whitening procedure is done on
people who have mouth ulcers and other dental problems. Especially if the teeth whitening product contains high amount of hydrogen peroxide the effects will be very bad. So please be
very very cautious when doing teeth whitening while having dental problems. Also pregnant women and children should experience caution while doing teeth whitening procedures at home, I would suggest not doing it at all. Also make sure to check for other ingredients in the whitening kits. And if doing the teeth whitening procedures in salons and parlors please be very careful especially if you had any dental procedures recently and always inquire about the ingredients and the concentrations…