What you Need to Know about Whitening Toothpastes

Some brands of toothpaste on the market today claim to have the same ingredients used in professional tooth whitening gels. There may be a form of hydrogen peroxide added, but it's a very low percentage, too low to make a difference. The thing is that for the tooth whitening agent to have any effect, it needs to be held in contact with the teeth for an extended period of time (not just a minute or two while brushing your teeth).

Some whitening toothpastes have abrasive agents that can be quite harmful to tooth enamel over time. If teeth do seem whiter, It's not because of the whitening agent (carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide), but rather the abrasives that are added to the toothpaste scrubbing surface stains, and often damaging enamel. If it's whiter teeth you want, go the safe route and have your teeth professionally whitened. Check toothpaste labels and leave the abrasive whitening toothpaste on the shelf.