On a daily basis we often encounter people asking what is the best whitening toothpaste and does it really work?
It’s very important to understand that most whitening toothpastes are typically misrepresented in what they do. What we mean by that is most of them claim to whiten teeth, but if you actually look at most of the ingredients in whitening toothpastes, they don’t have any actual ingredients to chemically whiten your teeth. Whitening toothpastes claim to fame is that they basically help remove surface stain from the teeth, which just about any other toothpaste is able to do.
Toothpastes that say that they whiten do it by the standpoint that if you’re brushing with toothpaste, and the toothpaste has something abrasive, it will help remove plaque and tartar as well as surface stains. By removing the surface stain, the plaque and the buildup, your teeth are going to look lighter than they did before. That’s one of the misconceptions and it’s important to understand because there’s typically no whitening agents in whitening toothpaste.
For example. One agent which is typically used to whiten teeth is peroxide. Peroxide is the active ingredient we see in crest whitening strips, over the counter bleaching products, as well as clinic bleaching treatments – the type you would see at a dentist. It’s this ingredient we know that does cause the whitening of your teeth. Not from the premise of removing plaque or stains, but by actually chemically lightening the tooth enamel. That would be an ingredient to look for if you’re evaluating which toothpaste to use for whitening.
Again, typical whitening toothpastes whiten from a standpoint that they technically keeping the teeth clean. But from a whitening standpoint – they do not chemically whiten the teeth.
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