All toothpastes will clean your teeth, but there are a bunch on the market that claim to add a little sparkle to your smile! We are asked this all the time: “Which toothpaste do you recommend for whitening?” For the answer to our experiment, watch what happens when we use different whitening toothpastes on slabs of coffee-stained stone. But the real answer is: Whatever is best for you. All toothpastes have similar ingredients, but perhaps in different ratios. Each individual’s enamel of teeth have slightly different compositions of minerals, so toothpaste will react differently to each person.
Sodium fluoride / Sodium monofluorophosphate / Stannous fluoride – prevents cavities by helping to remineralize tooth enamel
Potassium nitrate is included in some toothpastes like Sensodyne to help fight sensitive teeth.
Some form of peroxide is used to help whiten teeth. Whitening toothpastes will also often feel grittier than other pastes because the small pumice-like crystals help to abrade against the tooth to remove stains.
PLEASE do not use straight peroxide or charcoal substances. Yes, many products will whiten your teeth, but you need to make sure you have the proper minerals to replace what was stripped for your teeth. Ask your dentist for what whitening options are best for you!