Toothpastes with whitening effects in the test
Scientists tested various toothpastes and issued a good certificate for most products. In the test, the various toothpastes were applied to an automatic brush, which cleaned the model teeth according to the specifications of the toothpaste manufacturers. The teeth were pretreated with a color solution. Afterwards, the examiners compared the before and after color of the teeth.
Natural teeth are not automatically white
Important to know: Toothpastes with a “whitening effect” only remove external discoloration, for example of nicotine, coffee or red wine.
The teeth thus receive – largely – their original color back. They don’t have to be bright white. Many people do not have white teeth by nature.
Dentist Dr. Christopher Grasse: “Whitening toothpastes clean the teeth, but do not really lighten them. Because the decisive criteria is the thorough cleaning of the teeth, in which the plaque is gently removed. Doing this basically achieves the same result with good gentle brushing and regular professional tooth cleaning!”
Beware of sensitive teeth
Healthy teeth usually tolerate the increased abrasion caused by the toothpastes well. For sensitive teeth, it is better to do without the “whitening effect”.
Universal toothpastes are often just as effective
Use a universal toothpaste especially for sensitive teeth. No matter what special effect a toothpaste brand promises, make sure that it contains fluoride. This protects the teeth from tooth decay. According to the test results, universal toothpastes clean discolored teeth almost as well.
Ask your dentist
Is the whitening effect of your toothpaste not enough according to your expectations? Then talk to the professionals in your dental practice. Here you will find the most important tips for the right toothpaste. And if you want to achieve a bright whitening effect, professional whitening methods are an alternative. Here too your dentist can help you you achieve your desired result.