Are Teeth-Whitening Products Safe For Kids?
I drink coffee. A lot of it. As a result, my pearly whites are not so pearly or white. I love my whitening toothpaste and am going to try those strips soon. But, as is the case with most things she sees me do, my daughter often wants to try it too. Now, she's 4, so there is no way she needs teeth whitening products, but it got me thinking about when she is older, maybe in her teens. When she becomes more interested in how she looks and all of that stuff (a time that I am dreading). Are these products safe for kids?
There is no definitive answer out there, mainly because there haven't been studies done on the long-term affects of teeth whitening on kids. Most products on the market say do not use on kids under 12, but, from the research I've done, many say that you should wait to do any sort of teeth whitening until they are 18.
The main issue is that kids' teeth are still forming, still strengthening. As a result, kids' enamel is easier to penetrate, which means the inside of the tooth will be affected by the chemicals more easily. This can cause increased sensitivity, which no one wants to have, especially our little kiddos. Again, there's not a huge amount of info out there about other effects of those chemicals, so it is best to wait until that enamel gets good and strong.
But there may be exceptions or a difficult situation where your child may need whitening. If your child does want to whiten her teeth and she's under the age of 18, the best and safest thing to do is see your dentist and ask to him. See what he may recommend for your individual issue and go from there.
Do you use teeth-whitening products? Do your kids?