The good news is that both in-house and take home whitening systems are not only completely safe when used as directed, there is overwhelming evidence that the use of whitening peroxides actually create a healthier mouth.
Time for the science stuff. The active ingredients used in our whitening treatments is hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide (which breaks down in the mouth to hydrogen peroxide). In combination with heat, oxygen and light, the peroxide acts upon stained organic deposits that are responsible for many tooth stains, and oxidises them into a whiter colour.
However hydrogen peroxide also has a known antibacterial effect, having been used as an environmentally safe alternative to chlorine based bleaches. Studies show that tooth bleaching also effectively kills bacteria in the mouth, and helps to reduce gingivitis and bad breath. It is also reported that formation of plaque and tooth decay is significantly reduced.
Patients are often concerned about enamel loss from tooth whitening. Fortunately the whitening gels used are usually more pH neutral, having a much lower acidic effect than many acidic foods.
While some care is needed to follow your dentist's instructions, tooth whitening is a safe and predictable treatment with very few side effects.
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