Dentists and parents are becoming increasingly concerned about the use of teeth whitening products by children as young as 7-10. Children are attracted to the Chiclet-like incredible white teeth they see with celeberties like Cameron Diaz and Britney Spears. Dentists are now calling the effect "toilet bowl teeth" since the teeth are so white - they resemble toilet bowl porcelain.
At the Chicago Dental Society - a recent professionals convention - over 40% were concerned over "too white smiles" especially with children. Signs of issues can include inflamed gums; sensitivity / pain; or a blue / grey effect around the edges of teeth. Parents should carefully consider tooth whitening for kids, especially how much they use of the tooth whitening products. Moderate use can be reasonable - but over-use is the issue. On average - over 60% of people who use teeth whitening products experience some gum irritation or sensitivty pain.
Tooth whitening is a great advance to keep you looking beautiful, but there is a line of reasonablity with our children. Are your kids whitening teeth-- thoughts from our communitiy?