Everyone wants their teeth looking white and pearly. It makes you look healthier, more attractive, and like you’ve got your hygiene in order. That’s why whitening products are so popular.
Social media influencers and celebrities like the Kardashian-Jenners often promote these products online, and people in turn buy them in droves.
If you can’t afford to get your teeth professionally whitened, whitening strips lights, gels, powders, and more exist. They claim to whiten your teeth and give you a more beautiful smile.
Most of these products do just that, but some of them do it in ways that aren’t healthy for that grin. Sure, in the short term your teeth look amazing, but it can cause damage that makes those white teeth an afterthought.
How do they cause damage? Well, that depends on the product. The main culprits come from whitening solutions in the form of whitening kits, and charcoal products.
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Charcoal products have been found to erode the natural enamel on the teeth, exposing cracks in the teeth and causing further damage with every “treatment.”
Further, they can cause discoloration of white filling materials, and some of them even include carcinogenic materials, meaning they could aid in causing cancer. Not exactly something you want to put in your mouth.
If a charcoal toothpaste contains fluoride, the charcoal can absorb the fluoride, rendering it useless. So not only is it dangerous, it doesn’t do what it says it does.
Whitening kits are even worse. Some of them contain bleach that cause ulcers and chemical burns within the mouth, causing insane amounts of pain.
I’m going to start extensively researching teeth whitening products before I buy them, and so should you. Protect that smile at all costs!