As a children’s dentist, I believe strongly that there’s nothing more important than keeping kids safe and healthy. Kids are every bit as interested in having a white smile as adults are, but they don’t necessarily know how to go about getting dental care. This leads to kids searching out DIY tooth whitening tips on the internet, and as we all know, there is a lot of information online that’s inaccurate or just not true. Kids also get information from each other, shared on social media, or from YouTube videos.
Some of this information is dangerous. Let your children know that they should never use a tooth whitening home remedy that contains bleach. Bleach exposure can seriously irritate the skin, eyes, mouth, and lungs. If your child has asthma or other breathing issues, bleach exposure can be cause episodes that put your child’s life in danger. That’s just exposure: if your child drinks bleach, your child could wind up going into a coma or potentially even dying. It is super important that your children know not to put bleach in their mouth.
Your child might not know what a home remedy is. They may search for tooth whitening tips or secrets or recipes, or how to make my teeth whiter. When you talk to your child about safe tooth whitening, make sure you use language that your child understands. Your child may have questions, and if you don’t know the answer immediately, it’s a good idea to research the answers together. If you’re in the Quincy, MA area you’re certainly invited to stop by the office – we’ll be happy to answer any questions.
Over the counter tooth whitening products that you get in the health and beauty section are safe. These products work, but their limited strength means there’s only so much improvement that you’ll see and the results take quite a while to manifest. Sometimes kids need to have their teeth cleaned, rather than whitened. In more significant cases, there are tooth whitening treatments appropriate for children.
Please share this post with other parents you know. Kids talk to each other, we know this. By giving them the correct information about tooth whitening, we hope to counter at least some of the misinformation that is out there and keep kids from trying dangerous home remedies!