Are Whitening Toothpastes Good For Your Teeth?
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Americans spend more than $1 billion dollars each year on over-the-counter teeth whitening products. As we grow older and consume more coffee, red wine, and even chocolate, our teeth become discolored and we seek to remedy the problem. Teeth whitening is now one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S. With so many whitening products on the market, we don’t know if they really work or if they are safe to use.

The ADA (American Dental Association) has monitored the increasing number of teeth whitening products for the last two decades. Studies have shown that whitening toothpastes mostly work by using abrasives to get rid of stains. Although this is an effective method, it can be harmful over time. There are products on the market that will in fact make teeth whiter: bleaching and non-bleaching products. Bleaching means that it will change the actual color of your teeth. Non-bleaching whitening products contain agents that work by chemical action to help remove surface stains only. Strips and trays generally work by soaking the teeth in a bleach-based substance for long periods of time. These products have been shown to contain harmful ingredients, artificial flavors, and other agents that could cause irritation to skin, eyes, and lungs.

The Academy of General Dentistry states that the term “whitening” is also misleading. Unlike strips and trays that can deeply bleach teeth, toothpastes can reach only the surface. In addition, bleaches in toothpastes are found to be useless, as commonly they will be rinsed away before it can actually do anything. Over time, an abrasive toothpaste could damage tooth enamel and expose the yellowish dentin beneath. They could actually begin to look less white. For some, the abrasives in whitening toothpastes can be painful. Because whitening opens up the pores of the teeth, those with sensitive teeth should be extra cautious. The ADA recommends consulting with a dentist before choosing a whitening product, to determine the best treatment.

Dr. McDonald & Dr. Mallakis, our caring dentists, utilize the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System for stunning results in just one visit to our office.  If you would like more information about teeth whitening in Escondido, California, please contact our dental office today. We would be happy to schedule your cosmetic consultation and answer any questions you may have.