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Bleachorexia! The Health Risks of Over-Whitening Your Teeth

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What is Bleachorexia?
Despite its name, it has nothing to do with the cast of Baywatch and/or bleaching your hair as platinum as Lady Gaga. We're talking about overbleaching your teeth which can be easy to do when Crest White Strips are just a click away on Amazon.
But in regards to the warning signs and health risks associated with over-whitening your teeth, how much is too much?
We have the facts straight from Dr. Timothy Chase, Cosmetic Dentist and Practicing Partner at SmilesNY.
First, are your teeth over-whitened? Details below...
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Three signs of over whitening:
  1. Sensitive teeth, especially to cold
  2. Inflamed or bleeding gums
  3. Teeth that look blue or see through along the edge
Three health risks that arise from over whitening
  1. Damage to the nerves your teeth 
  2. Thinning of your tooth enamel
  3. Burning of your gums
Three ways to safely and effectively whiten
  1. Have your teeth examined and cleaned prior to whitening- to make sure there are no cavities or gum issues and clean teeth get a much better result
  2. Follow the directions on all teeth whitening products perfectly
  3. Find quality products by speaking to your dentist about your teeth whitening option.

Have you ever whitened your teeth?

     

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