Are Whitening Toothpaste Safe for Children?

Primary teeth are typically whiter than permanent teeth. However, not all children will have white primary teeth. If your child’s teeth are not as white as they (or you) want, you may be tempted to buy them an over-the-counter whitening toothpaste. Before you do, however, learn if whitening your kids’ teeth at a young age is safe.

  • According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), there isn’t enough research on teeth whitening in children. Therefore, they can’t confirm how safe (or unsafe) the process is, and recommend that children under 15 years should not undergo whitening treatments.
  • Primary teeth have thinner enamel (so less protection) than permanent teeth, and given the strong chemicals and abrasive materials used to make whitening toothpaste, there is a risk of significant damage to the teeth.
  • Another danger of buying whitening toothpaste for children and young teens is the high probability of misuse. If they don’t start seeing results quickly, they may overuse the toothpaste. Excessive use of whitening toothpaste may lead to the oxidation of a tooth’s organic structure, causing a breakdown.

The good news is that when your child clocks 18 years, all their permanent teeth would have erupted and the enamel would have been properly calcified. At this age, whitening is safe and very effective, as long as the treatment is administered by a professional.

For all your dental care needs in Richmond, Texas, please visit Mission Bend Family Dentistry. Call 832-895-5110 for inquiries or to make an appointment.

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