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WHITENING TEETH SAFE?

Asked by gailcalled (54575points) December 18th, 2006
I have occasionally used expensive gels and molds made by dentist. Will all the enamel fall off my teeth in 10 yrs? Aging, and coffee and tea stains all yellow teeth...not so attractive. What about the cheap stuff sold at CSV?
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benjiwitz's avatar
ingesting bleach isn't good for you... i know that much
gailcalled's avatar
Isn't bleach used in city water systems?(I have a well so only deal w. the sulpher smell). And what about the years of swallowing water at the local swimming pool as a teen-ager who paid more attention to boys than to keeping mouth shut?
peggylou's avatar
I don't know about the effect of bleach, but I can tell you if you have sensitive teeth, bleaching at the dentist's office will make your teeth hurt like crazy! I'll never do it again! The pain isn't worth the white!
gailcalled's avatar
I brougt the molds and gel home and used them 30 mins. in AM and 30 mins. in PM. Less intense than at dentist's office and more gradual...I just had trouble talking on the phone...more of a mumble.
darwinsbulldog's avatar
Bleach won't necessarily kill you. Lots of water treatment in the developed world is done with chlorine, and lots of water treatment in the developing world is done with regular bleach and an eye dropper. Just in case: Purify water with bleach by using 10 drops of bleach to one gallon of water (use only regular household bleach that contains 5.25% sodium hypocholorite)
benjiwitz's avatar
ok. well i'm guessing that the amount of bleach in these teeth whitening products is a little more concentrated than what you'll find in potable water.
benjiwitz's avatar
also, water purification methods in the developing world may not be "ideal" so I'm not sure that's a great standard to use here
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