A number of teeth-whitening products, which are said to be causing injuries, such as chemical burns to consumer gums and mouths, have been recalled.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has acted to stop the supply of do-it-yourself teeth-whiteners which contain unsafe concentrations of peroxide.
"The ACCC is concerned that high concentrations of peroxides used in these products have resulted in injuries such as chemical burns to gums and the mouth," commissioner Sarah Court said.
Other injuries including blistering and ulceration of the mouth and throat, tooth sensitivity, marbled or unnaturally coloured teeth, tingling around the mouth and headaches.
Three products supplied by White My Bite have been recalled including:
- "White My Bite" Sensitive
- "White My Bite" Professional, and
- "White My Bite" Advanced kits
Four products supplied by WhiteSmile Pty Ltd have been recalled including:
- DayWhite Teeth Whitening Gel
- NiteWhite Teeth Whitening Gel
- Sunshine Health Teeth Whitening Gel, and
- Crest Teeth Whitening Strips
Two products supplied by DaVinci Elite Pty Ltd have been recalled including:
- DaVinci Elite tooth whitening pen
- DaVinci Elite take-home teeth whitening kit.
The ACCC said more recalls were likely after it recently notified suppliers that products containing more than six per cent hydrogen peroxide or more than 18 per cent carbamide peroxide were unsafe.
It checked on the do-it-yourself teeth-whitening kits after receiving reports of injuries.
"Consumers should be extremely cautious before undertaking any do-it-yourself teeth-whitening treatment," Ms Court said.
"If the concentration of the bleaching agents is not clearly labelled, consumers are advised not to use the product."
Safe limits for bleaching agents are based on the requirements of the Poisons Standard 2011, expert clinical advice published by the Australian Dental Association and a scientific risk assessment published by the European Union's Scientific Committee on Consumer Products.
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