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Whitening Toothpaste – Is It Worth the Hype?

Posted on 3/7/2022 by Henricksen Family Dental
Whitening Toothpaste – Is It Worth the Hype?When you walk down the toothpaste aisle in your local grocery store, there's a good chance that you will see at least one brand of whitening toothpaste. And if you're like most people, you may be tempted to buy it because who doesn't want whiter teeth? But is whitening toothpaste worth the hype? The answer may surprise you. Keep reading to learn more.

What is whitening toothpaste, and how does it work?

Whitening toothpaste is a type of toothpaste that is designed to remove surface stains from teeth. It typically contains abrasives, such as baking soda or calcium carbonate, and bleaching agents, such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. When you brush your teeth with whitening toothpaste, the abrasives help remove the surface stains, and the bleaching agents work to lighten any deeper stains.

The amount of time it takes for whitening toothpaste to lighten teeth depends on the severity of the staining. Typically, significant results can be seen in two to four weeks. However, it's important to note that whitening toothpaste is not meant to replace professional dental treatments like teeth whitening.

Are there any risks associated with using whitening toothpaste regularly?

When used as directed, whitening toothpaste is generally safe for most people. However, there are a few potential risks to be aware of. First, whitening toothpaste can cause temporary teeth sensitivity. This is because they remove surface stains by essentially sandblasting them away.

Another potential risk is that whitening toothpaste can damage the enamel on your teeth if used too often or not as directed. This is because the bleaching agents in the toothpaste can break down the minerals in your enamel, making it weaker and more susceptible to damage.

Whitening toothpaste can help remove surface stains and lighten deeper stains in a relatively short amount of time. However, it's important to use them correctly and be aware of the potential risks involved. So if you're looking for a way to get whiter teeth without spending a fortune on professional treatments, whitening toothpaste may be the right option for you. On the other hand, if you have deeper stains, you may consider professional teeth whitening treatments.

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