Teeth Whitening Dangers

It was inevitable.  Did anyone really not see this coming?

Scientists have determined that the in-house dental whitening treatments are dangerous because of the high levels of radiation your face is exposed to:

A separate study published this year in Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences found that UV light treatments exposed patients to four times the dose of radiation of sunbathing and that the eyes and skin are not sufficiently protected during the procedure. 

Even scarier—repeated UV exposure can cause cataracts and other abnormal growths in and around the eye.   (Source:  Women’s Health)

I’m not talking about the Crest Whitestrips or the gel you buy and put in a tray overnight.  This is a procedure where you go to your dentist’s office and pay $500 to slather your teeth with chemicals and then have a supercharged UV light blasted at your face.  Who ever thought this was a good idea?  Didn’t we already determine that laying in tanning beds is a bad idea?  Why do the same thing to the super-sensitive skin in your mouth and on your face?

I’m not saying you should go around with yellow teeth.  I like my coffee as much as the next gal.  But use a safe, at-home whitening technique that doesn’t require exposing your skin to UV light.  It’ll cost a lot less, and its so much better for you.

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2 Responses so far »

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    Meieli said,

    That is so scary! Good thing I never wanted to pony up the dough in the first place. . .

  2. 2

    maryhealth said,

    Wow I had no idea they did that. Thanks for the tip!


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