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From o’er the pond – The dark side of white teeth: DIY whiteners can be dangerously addictive, cause chemical burns and leave teeth yellower than before

When my five-year-old son suddenly exclaimed: ‘Why are your teeth so dirty, Mummy?’, I knew it was time to do something. Years of drinking coffee and red wine had left my teeth stained and grey. It had bothered me — I’d started wearing only dark tops (white made my teeth look lemon-yellow) and grimacing at friends through closed lips. But the ‘dirty teeth’ comment was the final straw. That day, I made an appointment at a smart dental practice to have my teeth professionally whitened.


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Dr. Ken Serota, DDS, MMSc Author of over 70 publications, Ken has lectured on Endodontics and Implantology around the world. MMSc from the Harvard-Forsyth Dental Center in Boston, MA; Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Ken is the founder of ROOTS – an online educational forum for dentists from around the world who wish to learn cutting edge endodontic therapy.
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