More than a billion Americans have had dental whiteners or oral whitening products inserted into their teeth, but not everyone is on board.
According to a recent survey, nearly two-thirds of consumers say they’ve never been treated for whitening before and just over half of Americans have never heard of a dentist who recommends the treatment.
Dental whiteners have become a big hit among millennials, and they’re being pushed by dentists across the country.
Dentists in California and Oregon are starting to see an uptick in cases of whitening-related infections.
A recent survey by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that a large percentage of those who have been treated with a dental whitener said they have tried the procedure themselves.
The CDC found that the number of dental whitings in the U.S. increased nearly 500 percent between 2011 and 2014.
The trend has been linked to the rising number of people who are using the products.
But many dentists are skeptical about the benefits of the products, and some are saying they’re unnecessary.
For example, Dr. David Epperson, who works at the University of California, San Francisco, told CNN’s Erin Burnett that he feels that whitening may be harmful to the teeth.
“It’s not something that you want to do.
I think that a lot of people don’t realize that the tooth is an organ, and if you put too much pressure on it, it’s going to get damaged,” he said.
“So if you want a more stable, more healthy tooth, you’re going to have to do it with a whitening device.”
He added, “The tooth is the most vulnerable organ.
I don’t think the teeth are in danger from whitening.
If anything, they are in a very safe state.”
In a report published in the journal JAMA, Drs.
Mark A. Rosenbaum and Michael D. Lutz said that while they believe that whiteners are a valuable tool in the fight against dental caries, there are many other treatments that can be used instead.
“Many patients, particularly those with complex or challenging dental problems, have limited options,” they wrote.
“We recommend that dental practitioners use a range of options, including nonprescription medications, home dentistry, and a combination of both, including oral whiteners and fluoride toothpaste.”
The CDC also notes that the vast majority of people with whitening problems are not going to be able to use these devices.
But if you’re not in a place to do dentistry yourself, and you have other options, Dr Rosenbaum said, “I would certainly recommend that you speak to your dentist about this.
It’s not a panacea, and it’s not an overnight fix, but it may be a step in the right direction.”
Dr. Luths told Burnett that “a lot of dentists do not think that the benefits outweigh the risks.
They are not necessarily the only ones who do it, but I would not say that there’s any real scientific consensus as to the safety and effectiveness of these devices.”
The FDA did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.