Teeth whitening : France applies stricter rules

Teeth whitening : France applies stricter rules
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According to the european directive, France recently applies stricter rules to sale aud use of teeth whitening products

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In France, you can’t use teeth whitening at home

According to the european cosmectics directive, France established a maximum authorised concentration of hydrogen peroxide. Higher than  level of 0.1 per cent (maximum authorised) You will not be allowed to use teeth whitening products unless if you work in medical services as a professional. You will have  to go to the dentist, at least for the first  appointement. Then, if dentist agrees, you will be allowed to finish  teeth whitening at home (dentist-supervised home whitening’)

So if you want to use whitening products yourself anyway , the concentration has to be low and a longer time is needed to achieve a satisfactory result.

Hydrogen peroxide : The main danger ingredient

The main danger ingredient in tooth whitening products is hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is the simplest peroxide (a compound with an oxygen-oxygen single bond) Peroxide compounds have the ability to whiten teeth through an oxidation process. the higher the concentration, the faster the results but bad effects could be :

  • mouth and gums  irritation
  • hypersensitivity to the teeth
  • enamel alteration
  • teeth wear


Sources  :

Site du ministère des affaires sociales et de la santé
Journal Officiel du 09 aout 2013,
Directive du Conseil 2011/84/UE,
Directive 76/768/CEE relative aux produits cosmétiques



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