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Teens go crazy for dental bleaching
Updated: 6/26/2008 12:00:42 PM

Like adults, most teenagers want to look good. Hollywood stars tend to lead the way when it comes to fashion and with most of them sporting bright, white smiles, many young adults are keen to emulate that look.

As a result, dental professionals have seen an increase in teenagers and even younger children bleaching their teeth.

Dentist Dr David Carroll told WIS News 10: "Kids are under a lot of pressure, as adults are, to look and to feel to look good, to have white teeth."

However, the news provider noted that experts warn that children's teeth are not fully developed, so bleaching can leave them overly translucent and cause tooth and gum sensitivity.

Problems are most likely to arise if teenagers do not go to a professional or read the instructions properly. According to Dr Carroll "there could be extreme tooth sensitivity if it's used improperly, if it's kept on the teeth for too long, and if the directions are not followed closely".

He suggested that bleaching only takes places with the supervision of an adult.

Dental experts have also recently cautioned against another teen craze - piercing of the lip or tongue. Researchers at the University of Tel Aviv found 15 to 20 percent of teens with oral piercings are at high risk for both tooth fractures and gum disease.
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