The UK’s leading oral health charity, the Oral Health Foundation, has found evidence of serious risks taken by consumers who are opting for unsafe and illegal tooth whitening treatment.
Recent research, conducted by the charity, has discovered that one in four people (28%) would not go to the dentist to have their teeth whitened.
Instead, they are more likely to purchase potentially dangerous home kits, bought from either illegal beauticians or online.
The charity is seeking to alert the public about the risks associated with unsafe tooth whitening, with 20 million people in the UK leaving themselves open to seriously harming their health.
Did you know that unsafe tooth whitening can lead to severe chemical burns, permanent scarring, tooth loss, and even affect your ability to eat and breath?
CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, added:
“Much of this problem comes from the people carrying out the tooth whitening procedures not being aware that it is illegal.
Many undergo a brief ‘training period’ with an unscrupulous company and then believe they are qualified to carry out the treatment, but this is wrong and can be hugely dangerous to consumers with the providers facing the severe legal consequences.”
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