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Overuse of at-home whitening treatments may cause damage to teeth
Updated: 6/1/2011 11:00:00 PM

At-home products may help whiten teeth but overuse of these items could potentially cause dental problems In order to achieve a perfect smile, many Americans turn to at-home teeth whitening treatments as a cost-effective cosmetic option. While these products may be easy to use, some experts warn that frequent utilization of such goods may cause dental problems.

According to a recent article published by Boston-based WBZ-TV News, Americans spend about $1.4 billion on over-the-counter whitening products annually.

However, cosmetic dentist Martin Zase told the news provider that individuals need to be aware of the warning signs that they are over-whitening.

He explained that teeth can become sensitive to temperature or have adverse reactions to whitening agents. Zase told the news source that people should stop using these products if their gums become red or swollen. He also noted that over-bleached teeth can sometimes develop a blue tint.

The news organization recommended that consumers should only purchase whitening treatments made by manufacturers with good reputations, since the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate these products.

A recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that the majority of respondents would whiten and brighten their teeth as the first course of action to improve their smile.

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