A closer look at the promises of teeth whitening toothpastes.
You will probably have noticed an increasing number of advertisements on TV for teeth whitening toothpastes and this is probably a good indication that people are looking to have a more attractive smile these days.
The question though, is how much difference these toothpastes can really make?
The opinion of our dentists at the Lighthouse Dental Practice in Ipswich is that, whilst these toothpastes will do no harm, patients will possibly be disappointed by the end result.
The reality is that toothpastes are restricted by health and safety laws as to the amount of the active whitening ingredient that is allowed within them. Given that the whitening ingredient is a form of bleach, it is hardly surprising that common household items such as this need to be safe from the prying eyes, and mouths, of young children especially.
Because the amount of whitening agent allowed is very small, it is unrealistic for patients to expect to see great improvements in the whiteness of their teeth, although very small improvements may be noticed by some. Generally, we would only suggest these toothpastes for anyone who has recently had a teeth whitening procedure and wishes to maintain the whiteness for a little longer, or for people whose teeth are naturally already quite white.
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