I ran across an interesting article in the Irish Times today. Apparently the European Commission is making a bid to outlaw home teeth whitening products. This would mean that you would ONLY be allowed to go to a dentist for teeth whitening. How do you feel about that?
There are dangers to teeth whitening, which I have written about before. However, similar dangers also exist in office teeth whitening as well. So, the reasons behind this move by the European Commission are in question.
Here is part of the article from the Irish Times:
“The Irish Dental Association (IDA) has called on Minister for Health James Reilly to support European Commission plans to regulate the use of hydrogen peroxide, the chemical used in tooth whitening.
Under the new regulations, which should come into force next month, only fully qualified dentists will be allowed to provide this service.
The IDA expressed concern about tooth whitening products, saying many of them range from “useless to dangerous”.
Dublin-based dentist Tom Feeney, IDA representative on the Council of European Dentists, said regulation of the sector was long overdue.
He said some teeth whitening products available on the internet contain very high levels of hydrogen peroxide and these could be lethal in the wrong hands. Other products contain very low levels of hydrogen peroxide and are not effective.” – Irish Times
Wouldn’t it make more sense to regulate the manufacturers that make the products to make sure that they put the right concentrations of Hydrogen Peroxide in the teeth whitening kits? Why would you make it illegal unless administered by a dentist? There is more to this story than what is on the surface?
This doesn’t really make sense. The dangers are not really mitigated and in some cases they may be using even higher concentrations of whitening product in the ‘chair’ so to speak.
Something does not quite make sense here. Who is lobbying for this? That might be the first place to look for answers. Are your home teeth whitening rights being threatened by this legislation? Please comment below.
Fortunately, you can still home teeth whitening treatments in the US. – For the time being, anyway.
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