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Teeth Whitening Toothpastes & Mouthwashes


Teeth whitening toothpaste and mouthwash have both become very popular over-the-counter options for people who want to have a whiter smile. There are dozens if not hundreds of products that claim to whiten your teeth. However, unlike bleaching formulas used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual colour shade of the tooth. [1] Rather, whitening toothpastes remove surface stains to mildly lighten your teeth. If you have any questions about teeth whitening toothpaste or mouthwash, or teeth whitening in general, you should consult with a dental professional who will help you get your smile its whitest.

[1] American Dental Association (ADA). What are At-Home Procedures and Products. Retrieved March 31, 2010. http://www.ada.org/2754.aspx#resources

Teeth Whitening Toothpastes & Mouthwashes

Disadvantages

There are some disadvantages to whitening with toothpastes. Some people can experience tooth or gum sensitivity due to the mild abrasives or other whitening agents in teeth whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Also, since such toothpastes are only designed to remove surface stains, you should not expect to see your teeth whiten by several shades. Other whitening options, including strips, paint-on gels, in office procedures and professionally dispensed treatments can whiten your teeth several shades by permeating the enamel and bleaching the tooth. Whitening toothpastes don’t change the colour of your teeth, and cannot produce comparable results to these other methods.

Teeth whitening mouthwashes can’t deliver a high enough concentration of any whitening chemicals because when you rinse they touch all the tissue in your mouth. Strips, gels, toothpastes and professionally dispensed treatments are applied directly to the teeth, so they can contain stronger bleaching agents, and are generally more effective.

Effectiveness

Lots of people want to know if using whitening toothpaste can actually whiten your teeth. The short answer is that teeth whitening toothpastes usually contain mild abrasives that gently scrub the teeth. Also, some whitening chemicals such as sodium tripolyphosphate can help break down or dissolve stains. While these types of toothpaste are considered safe for daily use, some people can experience tooth or gum sensitivity and might find these products too abrasive. [1] If you have some staining or discolouration on your teeth and are looking for a product that can improve the whiteness of your teeth by several shades, you should look for another whitening method.

[1] Alan Carr, DMD. “Does Tooth Whitening Toothpaste Actually Whiten Teeth?” http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/whitening-toothpaste/AN01818

Tooth Paste Whitening Results

The results of whitening your teeth with whitening toothpastes and mouthwash are not as dramatic as the results attained using other methods. While whitening toothpaste cleans the surface of the teeth generally, professional whitening procedures such as custom trays or in-office whitening can get your teeth 3-8 shades whiter. [1]

[1] http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/teeth-whitening

Toothpaste Advantages

The advantages of teeth whitening toothpaste include its relatively inexpensive cost. Also, these products are easily accessible over-the-counter. The effectiveness of teeth whitening toothpaste cannot match that of professionally dispensed bleaching products.

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