The Lowdown On Tooth Whitening: What Really Works?

If you conducted a quick search for tooth whitening online, you’d be greeted with pages and pages of results pointing you in all kinds of different directions. When there’s so much information available, it’s really tough to know who to believe and what to do. We all want a bright, white smile, but what’s the best way of going about it?

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Whitening toothpaste

If you go to the drug store or do some shopping online you’ll find a whole host of toothpaste products that promise to whiten the teeth, but do they really work? Most of these products contain abrasive ingredients, which effectively scrub off stains from the tooth surface. Research conducted in the UK on six leading branded toothpaste showed that there was little change in the color of the teeth after using whitening products for a period of four weeks. If you have very minor discoloration, using whitening toothpaste may make a slight difference, but it’s not going to bring about a dramatic transformation.

Natural whiteners

Many people prefer to use natural remedies whenever possible. Treatments that have been associated with tooth whitening include coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and sodium bicarbonate, which is found within the miswak, a natural toothbrush available at All these remedies have been tried and tested with varied results. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a popular whitening treatment, but there are concerns about its abrasive properties, which can damage the enamel. The acidity of apple cider vinegar can also contribute to enamel erosion. Some people find oil pulling using coconut oil, very effective, but you’ll come across conflicting evidence if you do some more extensive research. If you’re looking for a very simple natural therapy, which won’t put your oral health at risk, try adding strawberries to your diet. Their rough, bobbly skin acts as a natural stain remover.

Dentist-approved treatments

Tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments on offer today. To lighten the teeth, dentists use two treatment methods. They can provide express in-chair treatment or at-home whitening, which involves wearing customized trays that contain whitening agent. Professional whitening bleaches the teeth, lightening the shade of the enamel sometimes by up to 10 shades. If you are considering whitening treatment, make sure you visit a qualified, experienced dentist. Whitening is generally considered to be a safe treatment, but it is a dental therapy, and therefore should only be provided by those with the relevant expertise and knowledge.

DIY whitening kits

It is possible to buy DIY whitening kits, but be very careful, especially when ordering products online. Chemicals that use high concentrations of bleach can be very damaging to the gums and the enamel. If you’re unsure if a kit is safe to use or not, ask your dentist for advice first. You can also find out more at

If you long for a beautiful, white smile, you’re not alone. Before you order products or change your diet, weigh up your options carefully, and have a chat with your dentist.

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  1. It is possible do it cheaper at Dentist University, because a students can help a professor’s in that process. I have a normal white tooth. My best friend work there as professor there. But I didn’t do it. Yet. I am only washing teeth with Salz every morning, carries removed with Salz 🙂 But I saw my friend that she bought some expensive products for whitening in drugstore, it helps, it was some callup for teeth, fill it with some pasta, leave at 30 min and wash it. No negative reaction, because she has no gingivitis or parantetosa. It was much whiter. But only in drugstore!!! Not online or commercial store, not recommended 🙂

  2. I grew up with a black front tooth etc… after some took to my mouth with a brick in the school yard. Even then my stand up comedy was receiving rave reviews. The dentist always said he would do a more expensive and proper job when it got knocked out playing footy so I never wore a mouth guard. I hated mouth guards anyway as they stopped me running my mouth on the field and getting inside the opposition’s heads. By then I was physically too good and pretty deft on my feet so no one could job me in the mouth properly. I guess in the end the technology improved so much that the dentist just did it routinely.
    Growing up with a black front tooth probably meant I didn’t kiss the girl I wanted to when I was 12…. it sure as hell meant I didn’t have to kiss anyone else I didn’t want to when I was 18 and in hell with no way way out. I recently said something to my father about how this blemish helped my achievements as a warrior. There was the incident when I was 17 and some blokes girl jumped on me one Saturday and the poor boy and his mate tried kicking my teeth through my lip on the Monday. They really tried the silly fools. I didn’t even know she knew him. You wouldn’t have known after I dropped a small bottle of JD and she just jumped on me. Them were the days.
    Have a great day all. MLB in your country… go Diamondbacks… and AFL down here. Carna red and BLACK

  3. I never use many kinds of tooth whitener, but pepsodent or close up. I also seldom consult with any dentist. Fortunately, I am just okay with my teeth till now.

  4. Nice articles whitening toothpaste is a symptom of the stupid human beings and only gimmicks from marketing.
    Our teeth’s bone and similar to ivory when years’s coming you can see different tones from white to yellow. I love natural process and we’re suffering esthetic era…
    Enjoy your life and a keepsake you’re so beautiful with white tooth as different colours.

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