Does whitening toothpaste damage teeth?

Everybody loves to have a big beautiful smile because it has such an attractive, confidence building quality. White teeth bring life to a good smile and thus, it has made teeth whitening a big business. And most people believe whitening toothpaste is the easy short to that goal.

While it is easy and definitely a shortcut to whiter teeth, such toothpaste causes more harm than they help.

A typical whitening toothpaste removes the strains you get from drinking too much coffee, smoking, etc. But most of them contain tiny abrasive particles that get rid of the stains by scratching your enamel. Once the top layer is scratched off, your teeth appear whiter.

But in doing so, you weakened the enamel. Enamel is the hard, outer surface of your teeth. Its primary job is to protect your teeth from decay. Enamel is considered to be harder than bones. But when you indulge in excessive sugary and acidic food, the enamel gets weakened and results in tooth decay.

When you brush your teeth with a whitening toothpaste every day, you are damaging this protective layer too often. In the pursuit of whiter teeth, you are exposing them to a higher chance of tooth decay.

 Abrasion is one the biggest reasons for enamel loss and it cannot be easily restored. While the idea of small abrasive particles removing stains looks great in a TV ad, the consequences of such an abrasion are very high in the real world.

 So what should you do to keep your teeth white?

 The best way to keep your teeth healthy and white is to get rid of hard-bristled toothbrush and whitening toothpaste. Choose a soft bristled brush and get a gentler paste like Sensodyne ProEnamel or Tom’s of Maine. It will remove stains as well as whiten your teeth without the abrasives.

 Another option would be to add a little bit of baking soda to your paste while brushing. Hollywood actress Julia Roberts who is known for her million-dollar smile swears by the power of the common baking soda. Take a pinch of soda on a toothbrush and brush as you would do with your normal paste and rinse off. Within a few days, you will notice your teeth get whiter. Follow this a few times a week and you will maintain great teeth and also protect your enamel.

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