In a survey of over 700 adults from across the country, researchers found that people who had been in tooth whitening programs were at an increased risk of getting cavities, tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss.
They also had higher rates of cavities and other health issues than those who did not have a dental program.
“The best thing we can do is have these programs and encourage people to do them,” said Dr. Jill K. Leggett, the chief of preventive dental health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
“We are not going to eliminate all the bad things that happen from tooth whitenings.
We need to reduce the bad side effects.”
The research, conducted by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), was published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE on Wednesday.
It found that about one-quarter of the participants who were part of a dental or cosmetic whitening program reported having a cavity in the first six months after beginning the program.
Participants also had a lower rate of tooth decay.
The survey also found that participants in a dental whitening treatment had a higher prevalence of the following: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar, diabetes and high triglycerides.
Participants in the tooth whitener programs also had the highest risk of dental caries, including tooth loss, gingivitis and dental carpal tunnel syndrome.
Participant dental whiteners were more likely to have a pre-existing medical condition, such as gingival inflammation, tooth loss and gum disease.
They were also more likely than other participants to have high levels of cholesterol, diabetes, high triglyceride levels, diabetes or high blood glucose levels.
Dr. Leckie said that it is important to know what type of treatment is best for your individual circumstances.
“If you are looking for the best treatment for your particular situation, you want to look at what is working in the context of your personal circumstances,” she said.
“We have the best tooth whiteners, but there is a lot of variation in the results from one program to the next.”
Dr. Jennifer Stauffer, a clinical professor of preventive medicine at the Baylor College of Dentistry, said that the study shows that dentists need to educate their patients about the risks of dental whitener use.
“It is very important to educate people about the potential side effects, including gingiva inflammation, cavities that can develop in the mouth, gum decay and tooth decay,” Dr. Staufer said.
“It is also important to provide information to patients that these can be preventable.”
She said that people should use a dental dentist who has completed a comprehensive program and who is knowledgeable about the dental products they use.
Dr Leggitt said that while the research shows that people are less likely to get cavities from whitening, they are still more likely when it comes to tooth decay and other dental issues.
“What we do know is that in order to prevent cavities in the future, the best thing that we can really do is to have these types of programs and have people who are very knowledgeable about dental products, and that is really important,” she added.