The American Dental Association (ADA) recently asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop dental care classifications for the chemicals found in teeth whitening agents.
On November 20, the ADA expressed its concern that some whitening products may cause harm to teeth and gums when they are not applied by a dentist. The association said that some U.S. states are taking measures to prevent individuals from whitening their teeth unless the procedure is performed by a professional.
"The tremendous expansion of products available directly to consumers and application of products in venues such as shopping malls, cruise ships, and salons is troubling," said Drs Ron Tankersley and Kathleen O'Loughlin of the ADA.
In addition to getting teeth whitened at the dentist or buying a kit to use at home, individuals can purchase whitening toothpastes. The ADA says such toothpastes may have results that will satisfy consumers if they brush twice a day and receive regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings. Some forms of discoloration cannot be remedied by teeth whitening procedures.
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