My daughter bleaches her teeth every month. She had paid to get her teeth professionally whitened. Her dentist gave her these trays she could use to keep the whitening gel. He said she could keep them to do touch ups, but she has been buying new bleach to whiten her teeth every month. I’m sure this can’t be good for her teeth. Is there anything medical I can tell her to help?
A worried mom.
Dear worried mom,
Believe it or not, there is now actually a term for people who over bleach their teeth. It is called bleachorexia. First, I will say that teeth whitening, done properly and in moderation is fine and does not damage your teeth. That being said, too much of a good thing is not good. I certainly hope her dentist warned her of the dangerous effects of over-bleaching her teeth.
Here is just some of the damage that can be done:
- Irritation of her gums
- Receding gums
- Brittle teeth
- Chalky teeth
- The teeth become so thin they look translucent
If the teeth continue to damage, then they will begin to chip and break. At that point she’ll be looking at expensive restorative work.
I hope this helps.
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