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Is Whitening Toothpaste Worth Recommending?

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Did you know that black. rotten teeth used to be a sign of wealth in England? Gone are the days when sugar intake (and its impacts) indicated your social status. It seems as if the black teeth trend ended with Queen Elizabeth I.

Now, it’s white healthy teeth that everyone wants.

As dentists, it’s our job to help clients get the results they’re after. So, is whitening toothpaste something you should recommend to your patients?

Read on to learn everything you (and your patients) need to know.

The Benefits of Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste brands have flooded the market — but, do they work? Are they safe to use?

Toothpaste marketed for “whitening” usually contains more chemicals. The stronger detergents are more effective on tough stains. Often, low amounts of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are present.

When you brush your teeth, these agents work together to remove stains over time. If you use the toothpaste twice a day, then your teeth will get lighter.

Studies report that teeth lighten by about one or two shades.

In general, whitening toothpaste works, and it’s safe to use. The best part is that the treatments are all done at home. It can become a part of anyone’s basic dental care routine. Your patients will feel more comfortable and more in control.

The Drawbacks

As with any tooth whitening procedure, there are risks associated with toothpaste.

Tooth whitening can cause irritation of the gums and increased tooth sensitivity. The concentration of peroxide causes these side-effects. These effects also get stronger the longer a whitening product gets used.

If toothpaste is causing unwanted side-effects, then consider other whitening options.

Other tooth whitening options include:

  • Strips
  • Gels
  • Rinses
  • In-office procedures
  • Tray-based whiteners

Toothpaste also has limited effectiveness. While it can lighten your teeth a shade or two, it can’t provide drastic results. The whitening process is also time-consuming, so patients shouldn’t expect immediate results.

You need to consider your patient’s desired results and preferences before recommending toothpaste.

Not All Toothpaste Is Created Equal

As a dentist, it’s crucial to understand that all types of toothpaste are different. Some brands are stronger than others, and many might not be up to par. On top of that, each patient will have a unique response to different types of toothpaste.

Do your due diligence and research different brands. If you plan on recommending one, then you need to ensure it’s up to your standards.

You also need to let your patients know about the limitations of the toothpaste. Give them information about other options. Be sure to inform your patients about the benefits and risks of each treatment option.

Then, leave it up to them to make a decision.

Whitening Toothpaste: Yay or Nay?

Most dental experts agree. Whitening toothpaste is safe and effective when used as intended. They can become damaging, though, when used too often.

Whitening toothpaste isn’t the only dentistry trend going around these days. You’ll need to revisit our blog to keep up with all the latest information. If you’re interested in one of our dentistry programs, then request a free information kit now.

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