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Whitening Toothpaste

by Jeff Slokum

Copyright 2005

There are many ways to achieve the white teeth of your dreams,

and hundreds of products to choose from. As with most things in

life, you get what you pay for. The top of the line tooth

whitening treatment is an in office laser whitening which will

run you about $600.00 Expensive for some, but it gives

guaranteed and immediate results. The cheapest method of tooth

whitening is the use of whitening toothpaste. This is the

cheapest, and the slowest method to obtain whiter looking


Whitening toothpastes are a very low cost and low tech way to

make your teeth look whiter. With whitening toothpaste it can

take up to six months of use twice a day to see what some

manufacturers call the final whitening results. Whitening

toothpastes do not actually increase the whiteness of the

teeth, they work by removing stains from the teeth which in

turn make the teeth appear whiter. A lot of people whiten their

teeth initially with a in office laser whitening or with a gel

tray and then use whitening toothpaste to help keep their smile


The success of any whitening toothpaste is directly related to

how long and how often you brush your teeth. Some dental health

professionals warn that the use of toothpastes in an effort to

reduce staining and yellowing of teeth can cause the loss of

tooth enamel due to over-brushing. Whitening toothpastes are

made with chemicals and abrasives. Brushing too vigorously can

lead to the loss of tooth enamel. Tooth enamel cannot be

replaced. If you have sensitive teeth you may not be able to

use whitening toothpaste.

Be aware that whitening toothpastes only affect the outer layer

of enamel. This can cause the yellowness of the deeper layers of

the teeth to become more pronounced.

Daily brushing with a regular toothpaste twice a day in concert

with regular dental cleanings can help make your teeth look

whiter, without fear of enamel loss. Also, rinsing your mouth

out after drinking dark beverages such as coffee, tea or red

wine can help prevent staining from occurring.

Before you start any whitening product you should have a

thorough examination by your dentist. Make sure that you teeth

and gums are healthy before you start. Always follow your

dentist's recommendations.

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