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Do whitening toothpastes really work?

Do whitening toothpastes really work?

If your smile isn't as bright as it used to be, you may be wondering if whitening toothpaste could help. Here, our Summerland dentist shares more about whitening toothpastes, and effective ways to brighten your smile.

One of the first things that people notice about you is your smile. If your teeth are looking dull or discoloured, you may be wondering what you can do to make your smile bright again.

There are numerous products available in stores that claim to whiten teeth and remove stains including a vast range of whitening toothpastes. But will these whitening toothpastes really make your teeth whiter?

Whitening Toothpastes

To whiten teeth, the product must contain hydrogen peroxide, and many whitening toothpastes do list hydrogen peroxide in their list of ingredients. That said, most of these toothpastes do not contain enough of hydrogen peroxide to actually whiten teeth.

Unfortunately, these toothpastes tend not to whiten teeth any better than regular toothpastes because the amount of hydrogen peroxide in them tends to be too small to be effective.

Nonetheless, many of these toothpastes also contain mildly abrasive ingredients which can be effective at removing stains and making teeth look whiter. 

Oral Hygiene

If you want to keep your smile looking bright and healthy, a strong oral hygiene routine is essential. Brushing your teeth thoroughly for two minutes twice a day (with any toothpaste you choose), flossing daily, and visiting your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups will help to remove stains and prevent tartar buildup. 

Tartar is a hard yellowish material that builds up on teeth if plaque isn't removed thoroughly every day. Tartar will seriously dull your smile and can lead to some serious dental health issues. To keep your smile bright and healthy preventing tartar buildup with a strong oral hygiene routine is key! 

Typically, the overall health and appearance of your smile will be more affected by your oral hygiene routine than the type of toothpaste you use.

Professional Teeth Whitening

If your smile needs a bit of a boost to get it looking its very best again, professional whitening treatments are available from Jubilee Dental Centre in Summerland. Professional whitening helps to remove stains and whiten teeth. Visit your dentist to find out if  professional teeth whitening could help to make your smile shine again. 

Contact our team of dental professionals at Jubilee Dental Centre to schedule an appointment. Your Summerland dentist can provide you with information on whitening options and help you decide which is the right choice for you. 

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