Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Should i use a whitening toothpaste?

First of all, you should use a toothpaste, period. Combined with a new brush every 3 months and a good oral technique to prevent tooth decay.

But there are any benefits by using a whitening toothpaste?

Tooth paste contains abrasive ingredients that physically with the help of the brush will scrub away plaque. In addition, these abrasives will help to remove food stains from the teeth and polish tooth surfaces.
So until now all good, but there are any inconvenient about these abrasives?
They are responsible by the cleaning power of any toothpaste, they remove the plaque and the foods stains as well as they help to polish the teeth. The most common abrasives are alumina, calcium carbonate and phospates and silica, which gave our toothpaste the feeling that it has sand in it.
But toothpaste manufacturers should balance well these abrasives, it should be abrasive enough to remove plaque and stains BUT not abrasive enough to damage tooth enamel.
Unfortunately that is the bad part, many toothpaste are too abrasive, they do damage tooth enamel and reduce this mineral element of the tooth giving one direct result...Tooth sensivity!
Undirect result can also be yellowing teeth cause the thinned enamel reveals the dentin layer below which is yellow.

So in conclusion, my opinion is:
Do not use a whitening toothpaste!
It will not help you if you have very pigmented teeth, it would only remove small stains. If you really would like to have white teeth, go to your dentist and ask him for the best teeth whitening system for your case.
Use a toothpaste with good % of fluoride and not too abrasive and a good brushing technique, it's the best in my opinion.