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Do whitening toothpastes really work?

Do whitening toothpastes really work?

Sometimes our patients feel that their smile is looking a little dull or discoloured and wonder if whitening toothpaste could help. So, do these toothpastes really work? Here, our Surrey dentist tells you more about whitening toothpastes.


Your smile is one of the first things people notice.

People throughout the decades have used different methods for cleaning and brightening their smiles. Today there are countless products available that claim to remove stains and whiten teeth. The question is, do they actually work?

In order to whiten teeth solutions must contain hydrogen peroxide, which is why you will find peroxide listed as an ingredient in many whitening toothpastes. However, these toothpastes do not tend to whiten teeth any better than regular toothpastes since the amount of peroxide in them tends to be very small.

That said, it is worth noting that while whitening toothpastes may not actually whiten teeth, brushing thoroughly with them can help to remove surface stains and help to make teeth appear whiter.

Brushing thoroughly for two minutes twice a day (with any toothpaste you choose), and flossing daily, will go along way to helping remove stains and prevent tartar buildup.

When it comes to improving the appearance of your smile, controlling tartar buildup is key. Tartar is a yellowish hard material that can build up on teeth as a result of a poor oral hygiene routine. 

It's fair to say that the health and appearance of your smile will be affected more by your oral hygiene routine than the type of toothpaste you choose.

If you're looking for an effective way to brighten your smile professional whitening treatments are available from your dentist. Make an appointment with your dental professional to discuss the options that are available and find out which whitening treatment is best for your smile. 

Contact our team of dental professionals at Elgin Corners Dental to schedule an appointment. Your Surrey dentist can provide you with information on whitening options and help you decide which is the right choice for you. 

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