An additional five teeth whitening kits have been recalled due to unsafe levels of either hydrogen peroxide and/or carbamide peroxide.
The products are:
Three products supplied by Whiter Smile Pty Ltd:
- Dr Collins All-White Bleaching Kit
- Smile Fusion System with Viocin
- Tres-White Pre-Filled Trays
Two products supplied by Ozbrite Pty Ltd:
- Sparkling White Pen
- Sparkling White Gel
Further information about these recalls, and the initial nine recalls announced last week, is available on www.recalls.gov.au.
The ACCC is not currently concerned about teeth whitening agents that are used by registered dental practitioners on patients under their direct care and the recent recalls are not directed at products used in dental practices. Dental practitioners working in those practices are subject to health practitioner regulations administered by the Dental Board of Australia. The Dental Board of Australia policy on Teeth Whitening/Bleaching indicates that products containing more than 6 per cent hydrogen peroxide and/or 18 per cent carbamide peroxide “should only be used by a registered dental practitioner with education, training and competence in teeth whitening/bleaching”. However, dental practices that supply do-it-yourself teeth whitening kits are subject to the same safety requirements as other suppliers of cosmetics, including mandatory reporting of serious injuries to the ACCC. The ACCC will continue to liaise with all suppliers of teeth whitening cosmetics to ensure the safety of Australian consumers.
Consumers are advised not to use DIY teeth whitening kits that contain more than 6 per cent hydrogen peroxide and/or more than 18 per cent carbamide peroxide. Using peroxides above these safe limits can result in injuries such as chemical burns to gums and the mouth. If you are unsure about the concentration of bleaching agents in a product, don’t use it.