Why You Should Avoid Majority of Teeth Whitening Kits & Products

Yet another case of someone purchasing a teeth whitening kit and experiencing unexpected side effects. This time it’s a 22 year old man named Jake Barrett from the U.K. After using Crest Whitening Strips he developed a large cyst under his neck which later took 3 hours of surgery to remove and left him with a grape size hole under his neck. The strange thing about this situation is he used these whitening strips in the past without any problems but things took a turn for the worse this time around.

Dental nurse Lucy Powell who has been an active dental nurse for over 17+ years always  recommends the Formal Whitening Kit to her patients who want to whiten their teeth safely without facing the same risk like Mr.Barrett. The Formal Whitening Kit  uses a dentist grade whitening agent which makes it much safer compared to any other whitening product. As you’ll see later in the article, Ms.Powell explains why she recommends everyone stay away from most commercial whitening products do to the shady ingredients that’s used and most people aren’t aware of it until something bad happens.

According to Mr.Barrett, he used the kit as instructed and didn’t really think anything of it. Well days later after using the kit, he noticed a sack formulated under his neck due to a possible chemical reaction caused by the whitening kit which caused a cyst to form and could have killed him had he not gone the hospital within 48h according to doctors. I posted the link below for those of you who are interested in reading the full article.

CBS New Article: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-says-tooth-whitening-kit-left-hole-in-his-throat/

“This was an extreme case but even minor accidents happens all too often when not using the right whitening products.” – According to dental nurse Lucy Powell

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I was recently chatting with dental nurse Lucy Powell and we had a wonderful chat about teeth whitening products as well as what happened to Mr.Barrett, she told me that:

Contrary to popular belief, you should not be using just any teeth whitening products especially the ones commonly found in stores and on social media without reading the ingredients first, no matter which brand you choose.

So then I proceeded to ask her, “which whitening kit do you recommend that’s safe?” She said the only teeth whitening kit that she recommends is the Formal Whitening Kit. She told me the reason why she recommends this kit is for several reasons, one of the reasons is this whitening kit is manufactured in an FDA registered facility in the U.S and it’s currently the ONLY whitening kit that is kosher certified, uses no animal products (which this leads to less irritation) and most importantly it’s one of the only at home whitening kits that uses dentist grade hydrogen peroxide as the active whitening agent which is also made in a FDA certified lab in the U.S and not imported from oversea like a lot of big brands are doing.

Lucy mentioned:

“I believe if  Mr.Barrett used a whitening kit that uses dentist grade hydrogen peroxide for the active whitening agent and does not have chemical preservatives, he would of most likely avoided the causalities  he suffered. “

According to Lucy,

“The vast majority of the the teeth whitening products & toothpase you come across in stores and online will have preservatives or use hydrogen peroxide imported from places like China to cut cost “.

This is why the FDA recommends you NEVER use dental products with ingredients sourced from china: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/18985512/ns/health-health_care/t/throw-away-chinese-toothpaste-fda-warns/

So don’t be fooled by popular teeth whitening products that have ton’s of reviews on facebook, amazon or endorsed by celebrities, etc.. A lot of the time product manufactures either pays for fake reviews or give discounts and free products in exchange for reviews, this can lead to bias/skewed reviews. This has become such a problem that amazon and the FTC have started suing and issuing fines in excess of $250,000 to some product manufactures and companies utilizing or selling fake reviews.

Lucy told me over the years she has seen patients who severely damaged their teeth/gums because they’ve been using the wrong brand of teeth whitening products. Below are some photos showing some of what she seen these popular whitening kits do to her patients after they’ve been using them for a while:

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Receding gums is an extreme example of what purchasing the wrong teeth whitening kits can due over time.

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As you can see in the photo, the dental roots are exposed due to years of using the wrong type of teeth whitening products. This will inevitably lead to tooth loss or gum grafting.

The is why it’s important to use whitening products that contain dentist grade hydrogen peroxide when performing at home whitening!

With all this being said, if you want to whiten your teeth safely then I recommend you take heed of Lucy’s advice, she’s been a dental nurse for over 17+ years and has seen just about everything you can think of.

If you found this article helpful please consider sharing it so that others don’t make the same mistake when it comes to purchasing whitening products. Mr.Barrett was lucky but what happened to him could have easily happened to anyone and the end result could of been a fatal one if he didn’t act when he did.