Health authorities warn that some of the risks from using illegal teeth whitening treatment include mouth infections and damage to teeth, gums, nerves and tooth enamel. Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic treatments availed of by both men and women.
Concerned about the availability of DIY whitening kits, with high concentrations of bleach in them, the authorities are cautioning that only dentists and certified dental health professionals are qualified to give whitening treatment.
Illegal DIY teeth whitening kits aimed at shops, salons and home use may promise fast results and a brighter smile, but they may often contain more than 33 percent hydrogen peroxide while the maximum legal limit for consumer use is 0.1 percent or six percent for dentists.
Dentists warn that using high levels of bleaching gels can cause among others, mouth infections, blistering and burns to gums, nerve damage, tooth enamel damage and gum shrinking.