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Would it be acceptable to bleach my teeth at the dentist if i am on accutane?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Tooth whitening?: Being on Accutane does not preclude the use of tooth whitening procedures. However, i can't tell you that it's alright to whiten your teeth without actually seeing you. You should have not cavities or broken fillings, your gums should be healthy and you should be seen by your own dentist first to discuss your options and what would be best for you. Finally you can't whiten fillings or crowns.
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 34 years experience
Depends : Check with your dentist as Accutane may negate the bleaching. The manufacture has specific guidelines. If you get the product name you can call the company or your dentist. Do this first as you don't want any disappointments once you arrive. You will need clean teeth as well.
Dr. Gary Brigham
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Be careful: One of the common side effects of Accutane is dry mouth and bleeding gums. It has been shown to lead to increased decay. Whitening also promotes dryness, and therefore can lead to mouth sores and possibly enhance the potential for decay. Apparently, Accutane also interferes with vitamin d absorption, which can be the mechanism that contributes to tooth decay. Ask your dentist.

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