The soldiers’ taste for teeth whitening has caused problems for army dentists who are seeing an increase in complaints.
The Telegraph understands that there have been an increased number of military personnel who have asked about teeth whitening as a treatment option “because it is more and more common.”
A defense insider added that “some staff also asked if potential treatment would be covered by Defense Primary Health Care (DPHC)”.
The surge in interest led dentist major Christoph Harper of the Royal Army Dental Corps to write an article in Soldier magazine to warn troops not to have “ abnormally ” sparkling white teeth like celebrities and influencers because of the damage it can cause. to teeth and gums.
Major Harper said: “Don’t take chances. These products may contain illegal, unauthorized substances such as acids or higher concentration bleaches, which greatly increases the risk of irreversible damage to your teeth and mouth.
“Tooth whitening is regulated by UK law and it is illegal for dentists to use whitening agents containing more than six percent hydrogen peroxide.”
Under DPHC, troops will only be treated when tooth discoloration has been caused by traumatic infection or developmental disabilities.
This will not be done when there is no clinical need or when the staining has been caused by poor levels of oral hygiene or smoking.
The Defense source added that Major Harper’s article was “also about letting them know that if they wish to pursue this outside the military, they do so with a registered dentist rather than with products on the Internet. “.
They added that it “aimed to respond to the rise in staff interest which more broadly reflects the growing trend.”
A recent survey showed that nearly a quarter of a million online teeth whitening requests are made by people in London each year.
The poll for expressdentist.com indicates that people in Birmingham are the second most likely to have their teeth whitened, making 34,000 inquiries to do so per year.
Bristol, Manchester and Liverpool came third with 19,200 claims per year.