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Flittering Through all The Whitening Toothpastes

Jul 30, 2009 - 1 comments

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Flittering Through all The Whitening Toothpastes

It seems like every toothpaste out there has “whitening” somewhere on the package. Do these toothpastes actually whiten teeth? The answer is…not really. However, there are benefits to whitening toothpastes. Read on for more information.
How Do Whitening Toothpastes Work?

Whitening toothpastes contain mild abrasives which clean your teeth. Some also have polishing agents and chemicals which help to remove surface stains from teeth.
Are Whitening Toothpastes Effective?

Whitening toothpastes do not bleach your teeth like other tooth whitening products. You will be lucky if your teeth whiten by even one shade from the use of whitening toothpaste

Whitening toothpastes do keep teeth extra clean, which can make them appear brighter.

    * Inexpensive

    * Good to use as maintenance after an expensive whitening treatment to keep your teeth white

    * Easy to use


    * Whitening results may take time to occur.

The Bottom Line on Whitening Toothpastes

So whitening toothpastes aren’t worth your time ?  Nope !  They are great for helping to keep your teeth white after they have been whitened by a more effective method.    Given you brush your teeth daily,  using a whitening toothpaste to help maintain white teeth is important.

Is Teeth Whitening Safe

Jul 20, 2009 - 1 comments

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Teeth whitening treatments are considered to be safe when procedures are followed as directed. However, there are certain risks associated with bleaching that you should be aware of:

    * Sensitivity:

Bleaching can cause a temporary sensitivity to temperature, pressure and touch. This is usually most comment when higher-concentration bleach is used.  For sensitive teeth, some dentists recommend a toothpaste containing potassium nitrate.

    * Gum irritation:

People who use peroxide whiteners may experience some degree of gum irritation resulting from the bleach concentration or from contact with the whitening trays.   These irritations typically lasts for a few days, subsiding after bleaching has stopped or the peroxide concentration lowered.

    * Technicolor teeth:

Restoration such as crowns, bonding, and porcelain veneers are not affected by bleach and will maintain their color, while the surrounding teeth are whitened.  The resulting color difference between the teeth’s are frequently called “Technicolor” teeth.

    * Tetracycline Staining:

If your teeth are severely stained by tetracycline you might not experience a dramatic improvement with teeth bleaching.  Prolonged treatment may make a difference.

    * Age

Tooth whitening is not recommended for children under the age of 16. At this age the teeth are still developing and the nerves are enlarged. Teeth whitening could cause sensitivity and possible damage to the teeth

    * Pregnancy

Dentists do not recommend teeth whitening for women who are pregnant or lactating. Swallowing even the smallest amount of whitening bleach can be harmful to a fetus.

    * Allegories:

Individuals who are allergic to peroxide should not use a bleaching product.  Consult with your dentist or doctor for other options

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