Dental care should be a priority every day. If you neglect your teeth you might have yellow, stained teeth and have other dental problems. Are you worried that your smile is not shiny enough? Do you have stains on your teeth that disturb you? There is a large number of whitening toothpastes on the market that can help you with this problem. However, you should know that most whitening toothpastes won’t make your teeth really white; since they do not contain bleaching agents and cannot change the natural color of your teeth. They can only remove spots and stains caused by some kinds of food.
Have you ever wondered what the ingredients are in whitening toothpastes? Now it is the time to know them. Next time when you buy a toothpaste you can check the ingredients, and see if they really contain the ingredients which they should.
The most relevant ingredient of whiting toothpastes are abrasives that polish your teeth and gently scrub away the plaque and stains from your tooth. There are many types of abrasives, but the most common one used in toothpastes is sodium carbonate. To have a greater effect, whitening toothpastes also contain chemicals which help dissolve the stains. Moreover, they contain the same ingredients as any other toothpaste: fluoride, an active ingredient which prevents cavities, antibacterial agents (that fight against dental plaque and bacteria inside the mouth), and essential oils for a good and refreshing taste. They might contain herbs and calcium as well. To make the toothpaste more foamy when you wash your teeth, some detergents and foaming agents are added, such as the chemical called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Various gums are added to keep to toothpaste texture and prevent it from drying out fast if you forget to cap it.
Note that even the best whitening toothpaste has to be used for a longer period of time in order to show results. Even though they are less effective and take more time than some other teeth whiting products, they are safe and widely used. They are also cheap and easy to find.
Today there is already a large number of various kinds of whitening toothpastes that you can choose from. The most popular brands are Aquafresh, Colgate, Opalescence and Rembrandt. However, before you buy a toothpaste you should ask your dentist’s opinion and advice. There could be some harmful ingredients in toothpastes and these can cause irritations and allergic reactions, or just cause sensitivity of your gums and teeth. If you know that you have sensitive gums, you might want to ask a dentist before you purchase a whitening toothpaste. The abrasives in the toothpaste might not be gentle enough for your teeth, and if you don’t brush carefully you can hurt your gums, which can be painful and cause unwanted complications.