How Effective Are Whitening Toothpastes?

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Many dentists offer procedures to brighten teeth, but are whitening toothpastes useful or needed on top of professional whitening? See how this type of toothpaste has its pros and cons.

While many people are fortunate to keep white teeth for many years, not everyone is afforded that luxury. Drinks that discolour teeth, smoking, and other habits make it difficult to maintain your pearly whites. Tooth whitening toothpastes can help alleviate that problem.

Instantly Whiter Teeth

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If you want a quick solution, try toothpastes containing blue covarine. This chemical decreases the yellowish look on your teeth. While it is more immediate, it is not a long-lasting fix. Other approaches can support the effect of blue covarine to get better results.

Important Product Considerations

Some Ingredients in Toothpaste May Actually Harm Your Teeth

Selecting a safe, effective toothpaste is important. Look for the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) Seal, alerting consumers that the product has undergone thorough testing and has “validated oral health benefits.”

However, no tooth-whitening toothpaste is devoid of risk. Watch for any irritation that occurs in the mouth or gums, or allergic reactions to the toothpaste. You may also experience increased tooth sensitivity.

While over-the-counter whitening toothpastes might provide the quick results you desire, most of them use abrasive chemicals to scrub off stains, which can damage tooth enamel. Rubbing away the enamel weakens your teeth and exposes the dentin, adding to discoloration.

Bleaching Products

While whitening toothpastes contain bleaching ingredients, they are washed off fairly quickly. Tooth whitening bleaches can keep teeth white teeth much longer. Bleaches (such as teeth-whitening strips or trays) must be applied to the teeth for a longer period of time. If your priority is improving overall colour rather than removing surface stains, tooth whitening bleach may be what you’re looking for. Consistent use for two to four weeks will get you the best results.

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For effective teeth whitening, your dentist is the best bet to provide immediate and safe results. Cosmo Dental Centre provides reliable whitening services; call (519) 659-2767.

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