Most people today associate bright white teeth with good health. Fashion has jumped on the trend by showing off people’s ivory white smiles and in order to keep looking your best you will need to use bands that contain hydrogen peroxide, which will help remove the stains. Before we discuss the best whitening toothpaste though, let’s take a moment and cover how your teeth get stained in the first place.
Reasons that your teeth get stained
- old age
- environment (like city water with high concentrations of fluoride)
The foods that you eat will also affect your tooth color. Coffee is one example, but tea and wine will also stain your teeth. Smoking and chewing tobacco will also have a major impact on your tooth color. Of course poor dental hygiene will contribute to tooth discoloration.
So what can you do about it?
Addressing the above mentioned factors will go a long way in preventing your teeth from becoming stained. However, in order to gradually whiten your teeth and to prevent them from getting stained again, you will want to use high quality toothpaste.
The base ingredients for whitening toothpastes are either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Brands like Crest 3d White or Opalescence are toothpastes that use peroxide to whiten teeth. They also contain the appropriate amounts of peroxide because if there is too much peroxide you can degrade your tooth enamel.
What about smokers?
If you are a smoker or need to remove smoking stains, White Glo Smoker Formula Whitening Toothpaste is a good product for removing tobacco stains. This product contains micro polishing particles along with a special toothbrush and dental floss. There is also another variant of this product for coffee drinkers called White Glo Coffee and Tea Drinker. This formulation will let you enjoy coffee without staining your teeth and it also contains a micro wax to protect your teeth from coffee or tea stains.
And everyone else?
For general purpose whitening toothpaste you should consider Rembrandt Toothpaste. This is a well known toothpaste that uses peroxide mint for whitening teeth. It also helps with removing stains from the gum line and the enamel which will prevent tartar and plaque buildup along with bad breath. Colgate Ultra Brite Advanced Whitening Toothpaste is another general purpose whitening toothpaste. It uses baking soda and peroxide which are safe ingredients for whitening teeth. This toothpaste also contains fluoride to keep your teeth healthy by preventing cavities.
Of course, you can always make your own whitening toothpastes by adding a little hydrogen peroxide, but it’s best to keep to the known brands, it’s easy to get the amounts wrong and damaging your teeth instead. You can always get products like Crest 3D White, Opalescence, Rembrandt, or Colgate Ultra Brite Advanced Whitening Toothpaste for general tooth whitening. If you need a toothpaste specifically designed to remove coffee or tobacco stains, try one of the White Glo products. No matter what, remember to eat well, brush and floss daily!