Just walking down, the aisle of any supermarket you would be amazed at the types and varieties of toothpaste and whitening products that are available for sale. It’s confusing trying to work out which ones work, which ones don’t work and what the difference is between one and another. It can be hard finding a whitening toothpaste that really works!
Let’s take a look at some of the popular whitening toothpaste available – which ones are the best?
How do tooth whitening toothpastes work?
Tooth whitening toothpastes look just the same as normal toothpastes however it does contain different ingredients – mainly some specially made abrasives that polish and chemicals that help break down, or dissolve tough stains.
If you are looking for something that will make your teeth whiten quickly – tooth whitening toothpaste isn’t the answer – you need to use the toothpaste every day – twice a day for at least 3 to 6 weeks before you even begin to see any results.
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Popular Brands of Tooth Whitening Toothpaste
When choosing a toothpaste always look out for one with ADA approval – this means the product is safe and won’t irritate your teeth or gums.
Peroxide is one of the main ingredients in teeth whitening gels, so if you see a brand that contains peroxide it may work better than brands that don’t have peroxide in them.
Here are some of the popular *teeth whitening toothpastes* sold in Australia
- Sensodyne Repair and Protect Whitening Toothpaste $10.00 – not ADA approved and contains no peroxide.
- White GLO Smokers Formula Whitening Toothpaste – $6.00 again no ADA approval and does not contain peroxide
- Colgate Optic White Express White Fresh Mint Toothpaste – $10.00 and has both the ADA stamp of approval and has peroxide.
- Crest 3D White Glamorous White Whitening Toothpaste – $9.00 but does not contain peroxide and doesn’t have the ADA stamp of approval
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Teeth whitening toothpaste – fact or fiction?
Coming in a range of brands and types toothpastes are marketed for different purposes – teeth whitening toothpastes, toothpaste for sensitive teeth, children’s toothpastes, toothpastes for smokers and *natural* toothpastes. At their core, most toothpastes use similar ingredients – Fluoride, flavours an abrasive ingredient, sweetening, thickening and stabilising ingredients.
A recent study has found that there isn’t much difference in the core ingredients between the popular brands of toothpastes. The main ingredient used by tooth whiteners is an abrasive ingredient that scrubs the stains off the enamel of the teeth.
Just as an abrasive product or tool can get house grime and dirt from floors and walls so too can the abrasive ingredients of teeth whitening toothpastes. If used regularly and in conjunction with your dentist tooth whitening products can help to remove the build-up of stains and help prevent discoloration.
The Australian Dental Association does warn that not all teeth whitening products work, and they also aren’t suitable for everyone. If these toothpastes are used excessively or they are used without supervision by your dentist, they can
- Cause blistering inside the mouth
- Cause bleeding of the stomach and oesophagus if the agent used for bleaching is swallowed
- Inflame and damage the gums
- Lead to sensitivity in the teeth
- Reduce the strength and hardness of the enamel on your teeth
The teeth whitening toothpastes available really don’t work well enough to be called TEETH WHITENING. If you want to whiten your teeth on a budget consider instead using an in-home whitening kit, or, visit your local dentist and discuss teeth whitening professionally in the dentist chair – it’s the only way to achieve the look you are searching for. At the end of the day, tooth whitening toothpastes will not whiten your teeth – all they do is stop the build-up of stains and help prevent your teeth from further discolouration.
Rather than paying more money for a tooth whitening toothpaste, save the money and put it towards a tooth whitening procedure at your local dentists instead – and get the results you want.