Tooth whitening products in toothpastes and mouthwashes may act as co-carcinogens in the oral mucosa

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Edition V16N02 | Year 2011 | Editorial Orthodontic Insight | Pages 28 to 35

Alberto Consolaro , Leda A. Francischone , Renata Bianco Consolaro

At the conclusion of clinical orthodontic treatments, patients very often ask about the need or possibility of tooth whitening. During treatment, patients sometimes ask about the use of toothpastes or mouthwashes with whitening products. In several situations, they may ask direct questions, such as: ? Is bleaching good or bad for my health? ? Does it cause cancer? ? Are you in favor or against it? We discuss tooth whitening in this article as a way to help orthodontists to define indications and establish guidelines for their patients. Since the old Egyptian civilization, human beings have expressed their desire to have bright, white teeth.12,41 According to historical references,22 the pioneering external tooth whitening procedure should be assigned to Atkinson, who, in 1893, described the use of a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution as a mouthwash for children to reduce caries and whiten their teeth. He found that at a 5% concentration, whitening was greater, and much greater when concentration was 25%, but the risk of lesions to soft tissues increased substantially due to the caustic effect of the whitening product. Tooth whitening has been described in the scientific literature since the beginning of modern times.6,15,20,48 […]

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