A DIY tooth-whitening kit left a hole in my throat the size of a £2 coin
But that didn’t stop him getting his pearly whites
A hapless 22-year-old was left with a gaping hole in his throat from a tooth whitening kit in an effort to look like Channing Tatum.
Jake Barrett, 22, wanted to emulate the pearly whites of his favourite Hollywood heatthrob, so he bought a bleaching kit he could do at home.
But poor Jake was left never wanting to smile again after a rare reaction to the Crest 1hr Express Strips left him with a bulging sac of peroxide bleach under his tongue that could have killed him.
Medics were forced to remove the pulsating sac of deadly bleach to save the young lad’s life, because if it had burst it would have burned all the way down to his stomach – leaving a hole in his throat the size of a £2 coin.
Despite the trauma, Jake has gone on to pay an extra £100 for laser surgery for a set of glowing gnashers. But he still smokes 10 cigarettes a day and drinks six cups of coffee.
Jake, of Rushton, Northamptonshire, said: “The doctor told me that the sac that had formed was the size of a grape, and so delicate that any moment it could have leaked hydrogen peroxide down my throat.
“If that had happened, I would have got peroxide poisoning and died.”
But just 48 hours after applying the £65 Crest 1hr Express strips, which are available to order from retailers such as eBay and Amazon, sales assistant Jake says a painful sac formed in his throat.
He said: “I wasn’t sure what the liquid was, or why it had formed, but I assumed I would be ok and that the penicillin I was taking for something else would treat that, too.
“But over the next few days, the bulge continued to grow until I could barely swallow.
“I was limited to drinking smoothies and soup, but even they didn’t go down easily – eventually I gave up and went to the hospital.”
After six days of agony, he finally went to A&E at Kettering Hospital – where medics told him it was deadly hydrogen peroxide.
Shockingly, the chemical compound is often used in homemade explosives – and according to the ingredients on the packaging, makes up a sizeable 15 per cent of the Crest strips.
To his horror, Jake was told that he was mere moments from death by peroxide poisoning.
He was rushed to Northampton Hospital for an emergency three-hour operation to drain the sac via a tube inserted through an incision in his chin.
A tube was inserted through an incision in his chin to drain the hydrogen peroxide from Jake’s throat – leaving him with a gaping hole.
He also had one of his back teeth removed, because it had become infected with peroxide. After 10 long days in hospital, Jake was finally allowed home.
Now he says he will avoid DIY beauty products, but will not give up his dreams of having a Hollywood smile.
Last month he splashed out £100 for professional laser teeth-whitening at a local beauty salon.
He said: “I was so focused on getting a Hollywood smile I didn’t stop to think about the damage it might do to my teeth.
“When you buy beauty products you just assume they are safe – especially when it’s a big name like Crest.
“When I found out the chemical could have poisoned me, I was in shock.
“Now, I feel lucky to be alive.”
Vain Jake, who smokes ten cigarettes and drinks around six coffees daily, splashed out at his local beautician for laser whitening last month.
He added: “I’ve always admired Channing Tatum’s smile – it’s just gleaming.
“DIY beauty treatments are a complete hazard – I had no idea what was in the products or how to use them properly and the consequence was terrifying.
“I’ve got my gleaming teeth – now I just need to work on my six-pack.”
Crest’s parent company, Proctor and Gamble, have said they are aware of the incident and are investigating.
A spokesperson said: “Nothing is more important to us than the wellbeing and safety of the people who use our products.
“We’re sorry to hear about Mr Bartlett’s experience and wish him a full recovery.
“Whilst not sold directly by P&G in the UK, Crest Whitestrips have been available in the United States for more than ten years, complying with all relevant legislation including peroxide levels.
“They are safe to use when applied as indicated on the packaging.”