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Peroxide for Teeth

Updated on June 10, 2010

How Safe is Peroxide for Teeth?

Using peroxide for teeth whitening is the only real way to whiten your teeth beyond their natural shade. In fact, any product with hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide in it is actually considered a bleaching agent because it will whiten teeth beyond their natural color. Toothpastes that remove dirt and debris from your teeth are what the FDA calls whitening.

The reason peroxide for teeth is sometimes irritating is because cracks in your enamel can allow the peroxide to enter into teeth's sensitive dentin. Peroxide for teeth is safe if you are using the right strength of peroxide. Using a teeth whitening kit with too much peroxide will almost always result in extra sensitivity. This sensitivity can run you from temporary to permanent depending on the damage you induce to your enamel.

Knowing the different types of peroxide for teeth used in common at-home teeth whitening kits can be helpful if you know you already have sensitive teeth. While hydrogen peroxide will make your teeth whiter faster than carbamide peroxide because of its strength, carbamide peroxide will also more safely whiten your teeth - which means less chance of sensitivity issues.

Whitening kits prescribed by your dentist will always contain safe levels of hydrogen peroxide for teeth. These usually come with a mouth guard made to conform to your teeth perfectly as not to damage soft gum tissue. These whitening trays are meant to be kept on the teeth for up to an hour. While more expensive, they say this is one of the better ways to get the pearly white teeth you've always wanted.

Professional whitening always involves the use of peroxide for teeth whitening. Under the direct care of your dentist, this whitening procedure involves the use of a hydrogen peroxide based gel for teeth whitening that is combined with light therapy. While results are immediate, they are often fleeting.

Whatever type of whitening you opt for keep in mind your choices. Peroxide for teeth is safe under the right conditions, and if you do experience sensitivity is it wise to stop treatment and buy toothpastes that can help ease sensitivity temporarily.

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