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Experience:  Clinical instructor, NYU College of Dentistry; 37 years private practice experience in general dentistry, member Academy of General Dentistry, ADA
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Some days ago I went to a shopping mall and had a teeth

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Hi! some days ago I went to a shopping mall and had a teeth whitening treatment. They applied a solution of peroxide and something else, it was like a gel inside plastic covering all my teeth. They also asked me to keep my mouth open while being exposed
to a blue colored UV light. The treatment was supposed to last 20 minutes but for some reason I think they forgot about me and lasted like 25-30 minutes (i know because my family members who started after had already finished). Afterwards I saw my lower gums
and they looked white (like burned), but they came back to normal color within a few minutes. After brushing my teeth that day, the day after I felt weird and saw some white looking small ulcers in my lower gums, they looked like herpes but im not sure what
they were. They went away in about 4 days. I am worried if this could be caused by the treatment or if there could be something more serious going on!!!
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Dr Matthew Kremser replied 2 years ago.

No, very common after bleaching treatments to have some issues with the gums. That is why dentists in general don't like these "mall" treatments- although they use less potent bleaching solutions, we know how much damage they can do to unprotected gums. When we do in-office bleaching, it is a twenty minute process to protect the gums from damage before we start bleaching! Anyway, these ulcers are likely from the bleaching gel irritation... salt-water rinses to aid healing and they should clear up in a few days! Good luck!

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you!
Expert:  Dr Matthew Kremser replied 2 years ago.

Yes- not sure of the efficacy there, but worth a try...

Expert:  Dr Matthew Kremser replied 2 years ago.

Sorry, wrong answer to this last part...