Passing through the oral care aisle at your local Target store can make your head spin.
Why are there so many types of mouthwash? What are the differences between all of those brands of floss?
And why in the world are there so many types of toothpastes?
Nowadays you can choose from sensitive toothpaste, whitening toothpaste, anti-plaque toothpaste, anti-calculus toothpaste, and the list goes on and on. Not to mention the 15 different flavors of toothpaste to choose from.
Well in this post, we’re going to focus on just one of the many types of toothpastes out there — whitening toothpaste.
So let’s first start with the basics…
Ever wonder how teeth become stained?
There are many ways teeth can become stained, dull and discolored.
If coffee, tea, wine, and/or other dark-colored beverages come into contact with teeth frequently enough, your teeth can become stained.
Using tobacco products, regardless of whether or not you smoke cigarettes or use chewing/dipping tobacco, your teeth will become stained over time.
Some patients who have used the medication tetracycline have experienced tooth staining.
Teeth can become discolored or dull due to aging or genetics.
So what can you do to remove tooth stains?
Teeth whitening options
Teeth whitening is a very popular cosmetic treatment nowadays. There are many options for patients to choose from, but a consultation with your dentist can help determine which method is best for you.
Professional whitening service at a dental office (some dentists use ZOOM!® Whitening for fast results)
For the purposes of this blog post, we’re going to focus on teeth whitening toothpaste.
Does teeth whitening toothpaste work or is it a scam?
Teeth whitening toothpaste can work for some people. It has the potential to remove some surface staining, but that’s about it.
If you’re like the majority of people out there, though, you have more than just surface staining.
Your teeth have probably been stained for the past 15 years (because you frequently smoked cigarettes and drank coffee like it was going out of style). Well, in this case, whitening toothpaste most likely won’t give you “wow” results.
So are there any benefits to using whitening toothpastes?
Probably the most important benefit of using whitening toothpaste is that you’re, indeed, brushing your teeth! You’re removing plaque and cavity-causing bacteria simply by brushing your teeth with whitening toothpaste (and hopefully you’re flossing, too).
It probably won’t hurt to try a whitening toothpaste, but if you want to quickly remove staining, call your dentist for professional whitening.
If you live in or near Alpharetta, Georgia, call Dr. Brett Silverman at Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. You can schedule a consultation appointment to find out the best whitening option for you.