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Do whitening toothpastes work?

Do whitening toothpastes work?

Considering trying a whitening toothpaste to brighten the colour of your teeth? You may be wondering if whitening toothpastes work, and if they can help make your smile as bright as it used to be. Today, our Fort St. John dentists share a few effective tips to achieve and maintain a white smile. 

As we age, our teeth naturally darken, and many foods and beverages we enjoy may also discolour stain our teeth. So, if your smile isn’t as white as you’d like it to be, you may be considering trying a whitening toothpaste as a way to return your teeth to their former whiteness.

There are many different toothpastes available at your local store. If you’re wondering whether any of these are worth trying, our dentists have some insight.

Whitening Toothpastes

When it comes to whitening the colour of your teeth, hydrogen peroxide is one key ingredient, and many whitening toothpastes do contain it. However, many whitening toothpastes often do not have enough hydrogen peroxide to be very effective. This means they may not whiten your teeth any better than regular toothpaste.

But, this does not mean that whitening toothpastes are a waste of your time and money. Many of these toothpastes also include abrasive ingredients which may effectively help to eliminate surface stains from your teeth. This can also help improve your smile’s appearance.

Oral Hygiene is The Way to a Bright & Healthy Smile

Brushing twice daily for two minutes each time is vital to maintaining a healthy, bright smile. By using any kind of toothpaste you like to brush thoroughly before flossing once per day, you’re building a great at-home oral hygiene routine.

That will make your twice-a-year professional cleanings and checkups at the dentist’s office easier. When combined, professional dental care helps keep your teeth looking their best, prevents dental diseases and removes stubborn stains.

Yellow Tartar Buildup Will Dull Your Smile

Sticky plaque naturally builds up on your teeth throughout the day. If it’s not removed by thoroughly brushing and flossing each day it hardens to create tartar (calculus). This yellowish substance can leave an unpleasant yellow residue on your teeth and lead to some serious oral health issues.

If your goal is to keep your smile bright and healthy, it’s essential to brush away plaque twice daily, prevent tartar from building up and visit your dentist for regular cleanings.

Professional Teeth Whitening

A professional teeth whitening may be the ideal solution for you if you need some help restoring your teeth to their whiter appearance. This non-invasive dental treatment can easily lighten the colour of your natural tooth enamel. With professional teeth whitening, you may be able to enhance the beauty of your smile and help boost your confidence.

The 3 steps to the professional teeth whitening process here at Fort St. John Dental Clinic include:

  1. Visit your dentist to be fitted for custom whitening trays.
  2. Return to your dentist to pick up your professional whitening solution, trays and instructions.
  3. Over the course of several days, use the whitening system at home.

Would you like to learn how you can help improve the overall appearance of your smile? Our dentists at Fort St. John Dental can provide personalized advice. Contact us today to book a consultation.

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