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When it comes to whitening your teeth at home, there are many options available to you. These include trays, toothpastes, strips and mouthwash. Looking for a brighter smile? Then take action, starting with good oral health!
The colour of your teeth depends on many factors – some you control, others you don’t! For example, you cannot do much about the following:
That being said, there are actions you can take to get a sparkling smile:
You can also turn to over-the-counter teeth whitening products. Before using any one of these, just be sure to carefully read the instructions to see if it is right for you, or talk to your dentist.
The toothpaste aisle features a wide selection of whitening toothpastes. They usually contain abrasives or chemicals (e.g. sodium bicarbonate and silica) that improve the appearance of teeth by gently polishing away surface stains or through other actions that do not alter the colour of teeth.
Other products are similar to those used by dentists. They contain peroxide, a colour-altering agent that reduces both deep and surface stains. The concentration of peroxide in over-the-counter products is lower than in those used by dentists.
Whitening toothpastes are recommended as beneficial for adults (although the Ordre des dentistes du Québec suggests pregnant women delay teeth bleaching until after giving birth) and children 12 years and over. These products:
Good to know!
You should never swallow toothpaste, including whitening toothpaste.
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