Don’t believe a toothpaste will whiten your smile!

Interesting little piece of information for you here, courtesy of my dental hygienist. She likes a good chat, albeit a one-way chat because my mouth is always filled with that gritty paste and her polishing tool.

‘Do whitening toothpastes work?’ I asked (that was at about 11.32am. I didn’t speak again until 11.58. I checked.)
She said that no, they didn’t. They can remove stains, but they can’t actually whiten. The only way that you can whiten tooth enamel is with bleach, anything else just makes the teeth appear to be whiter because you are getting rid of the yellowish-brown stains caused by drinking coffee, smoking and general wear-and-tear. What’s more, the ‘whitening’ toothpastes will only remove stains if you are brushing your teeth properly – they have nothing in them that can remove stains just by making ‘contact’ with the surface of the tooth.
She went on to say that there was only one product that she had seen to have a noticeable effect, and that was Crest Whitening Strips. They brighten your smile and are easy to use – you just stick the strips on and leave them for half an hour (whilst you scare the kids/dog/hamster with your plastic blue teeth) and you should see the effects within three days.
I haven’t tried them, but in the name of research, I shall. That’s if the CEOs of the multi-billion-dollar whitening toothpaste industry haven’t had me bumped off.

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  1. Georgie
    August 17, 2010 / 6:15 pm

    OOOhhh just reading through your back Catelogue ( you have a new fan) I have heard many stories about these Crest strips but have thought they weren’t available in the UK do you know where to get them from? Would be much appreciated. I think I found whitening toothpaste worked for me but then I smoke so perhaps they’re just getting rid of the lovely tobacco stain on my teeth….?

    • admin
      August 17, 2010 / 6:26 pm

      I think that you can get them from the dentists! Pop in and ask – otherwise, I think if you google, there are a couple of places online that ship them out! Glad you like the blog! x

  2. Georgie
    August 17, 2010 / 6:35 pm

    Thanks dude I’m getting on it immediately!! x

  3. Ekaterina
    August 26, 2010 / 12:59 pm

    Tried them in the mildest version, not a big difference but my boyfriend told me that there is some )) I drink coffee in the morning each day though…

  4. Nicole
    May 4, 2012 / 1:02 am

    Oh I’m glad to hear that those toothpastes don’t work. I find that they actually make my skin around my mouth and chin split and crack. (I don’t know why, I definitely don’t brush my chin), and the skin in my mouth around the lips and inner cheeks feel like there’s a layer that comes off all morning and evening til I go to bed.
    Worse of all, all the companies seem to be going down the ‘whitening’ road.

  5. Isabelle Russell
    September 17, 2014 / 2:31 pm

    Try a serious whitening product instead of toothpastes. I use Stella Whites pen to whiten my teeth and it works quite well.

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