Not all teeth whitening toothpaste is created equal. Some may even be harmful to your teeth, gums and/or enamel.
In this article we look at some of the things to look for (both good and bad) when choosing a teeth whitening toothpaste.
Some of the things we’ll look at include:
- How teeth whitening toothpaste can put your oral health at risk
- How tooth sensitivity can impact which whitening treatments you use
- How white is too white
- Our top recommendation for teeth whitening toothpaste
How teeth whitening toothpaste can put your oral health at risk
You want a bright white smile. But what you don’t want is to put the health of your mouth at risk to get it. Many teeth whitening toothpastes have abrasives in them. These abrasives can affect already sensitive areas of your mouth.
And other whitening treatments, such as bleaching trays, can cause some irritation of the gum tissue.
To avoid these issues, talk to your dentist to see what products they recommend. Also monitor the health of your teeth and gums closely. If you start a new treatment and feel any sensitivity or discomfort, stop using that treatment and go see your dentist.
How tooth sensitivity can impact which whitening treatments you use
If you already have tooth sensitivity, you’ll want to take that into account before choosing a whitening treatment. You’ll want to balance the whitening results of the treatment (such as toothpaste, gels, trays, and strips) with how the treatment may impact your tooth sensitivity.
How white is too white?
Some people want their teeth to be extremely bright. So much so that it looks unnatural. Going to that extreme increases the likelihood that you’ll have to use treatments that will make your tooth sensitivity worse. So if sensitivity is an issue, you might want to focus on getting back to the natural whiteness of your teeth instead of that super bright white smile.
Our top recommendation for teeth whitening toothpaste
Sensodyne is the #1 dentist recommended toothpaste for teeth sensitivity. If you have tooth sensitivity and want a brighter smile, give the Sensodyne True White toothpaste a try. It’s a gentle way to restore the natural whiteness of your teeth while it gives you protection from sensitivity.