The question might seem a strange one to ask, but if any of you watched BBC’s ‘Watchdog’ a couple of weeks ago you might know where we’re coming from.
The programme highlighted the trend in beauticians and other non-dentally qualified people offering tooth whitening services, either in salons or in your home.
Lifting the lid on the illegal practice, Watchdog revealed that the chemicals being used were not only toxic and a potential health risk, but that they were chemicals that would be illegal for us, as dental professionals to use.
So, how can you be sure that when you have a tooth whitening treatment that your teeth and your health are safe?
1. Always see a qualified dental professional who is registered with the General Dental Council. The only people who are legally allowed to carry out tooth whitening treatments in the UK are Dentists, Dental Hygienists/Therapists and Clinical Dental Technicians.
2. Tooth whitening isn’t suitable for everyone, so check with your dentist first that the prescribed treatment is right for you and will give you the results you’re looking for.
3. Your dental professional will exam your mouth carefully to make sure that there is no disease present that would indicate that you shouldn’t go ahead with treatment.
4. The solutions used in dental practices for teeth whitening are safe and have been legally passed for use in the mouth.
5. The dental professional who carries out your treatment will be available for any after care and follow-up advice that you need.
So, all we’re asking is that you look after your smile and your health and don’t be tempted by offers of tooth whitening at pocket -money prices, after all, if an offer seems too good to be true, it usually is!
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