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What are some risks associated with teeth whitening?

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The two side effects that occur most often with teeth whitening are a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity and mild irritation of the soft tissues of the mouth, particularly the gums. Tooth sensitivity often occurs during early stages of the bleaching treatment. Tissue irritation most commonly results from an ill-fitting mouthpiece tray rather than the tooth-bleaching agent. Both of these conditions usually are temporary and disappear within 1 to 3 days of stopping or completing treatment.

From: Teeth Whitening WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Massachusetts Dental Society. Gerlach, R.W. , December 2005. Listerine Whitening FAQ. CVS. Amazon.com.




Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 9, 2019

SOURCES: Massachusetts Dental Society. Gerlach, R.W. , December 2005. Listerine Whitening FAQ. CVS. Amazon.com.




Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 9, 2019

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