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How to choose the best whitening toothpaste?
Does toothpaste include Short-term whitening or long-lasting polishing against stains?
Whitening toothpaste contains active oxygen, carbon, and zinc peroxide in makeup. They have an immediate effect by lightly coloring the gums, tongue, or enamel with a red or blue tint, which gives the impression that you have whiter teeth. But only overnight. For a real whitening effect that lasts over the long term, use polishing agents such as silica, perlite, or sodium bicarbonate instead. These are effective after 15 days of daily use. By lightly abrading the enamel, they reduce and remove stains from coffee or tobacco.
Does toothpaste include Antiseptic agents that limit the formation of tartar?
Triclosan and chlorhexidine are two anti-bacterial that inhibit the formation of tartar and plaque. With their anti-inflammatory properties, they protect the gums and limit odors. However, due to its impact on hormone regulation, whitening toothpaste containing triclosan will not be recommended for pregnant women and children.
Does toothpaste include remineralizing agents to prevent cavities?
Fluoride is sometimes criticized because of the risks caused by its overdose (white or brown spots on the teeth, bone weakness). However, at low doses, potassium and sodium fluorides are very effective in preventing the formation of cavities since they remineralize and protect the enamel from acid attacks.
It is advisable to avoid aggressive detergents but to favor fluorides.
Most whitening toothpaste contains abrasive polishing agents, which can weaken tooth enamel. It is therefore advisable for people with hypersensitivity to use products enriched with stannous fluoride and potassium nitrate. These allow a significant reduction in tooth sensitivity. As for people prone to periodontitis and gingivitis, sodium lauryl sulfate is not recommended. Frequently used as an anti-bacterial detergent to remove plaque, it is also known to irritate the gums and promote canker sores.
Toothpaste Active Ingredients
Cleaning body and abrasive particles: Abrasives are fine particles, the pads, and bacteria during brushing purely mechanically rubbed off from the teeth. They should protect the enamel as much as possible.
Wash-active substances and foaming agents: loosen up the plaque and ensure that they can be brushed off better. They are also responsible for the typical “foam.” The detached particles are bound in it so that we can then spit them out.
Fluorides: such as amine fluoride or zinc fluoride help harden the tooth enamel. In this way, they protect our teeth from acid attacks – for example, through the metabolites of caries bacteria that convert sugar to acids. For this reason, fluorides have a preventive effect on caries.
Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory substances: substances inhibit bacterial growth and thus prevent gingivitis and tooth decay.
Desensitizing substances: These substances are often found in toothpaste for sensitive teeth. They are said to alleviate the symptoms by sealing the dentin surface or preventing the transmission of stimuli.
Preservatives: make toothpaste durable and protect against loss of quality.
Humectant: prevent the toothpaste from drying out, even if it is left open. As a rule, it does not influence our health.
Binding and thickening agents: These substances are responsible for the pasty or gel-like consistency and prevent water from settling inside the tube.
Tips for whiter teeth
Sage: Sage is antibacterial and astringent. For whiter teeth, you can easily chew or grate a sage leaf and mix it with your toothpaste!
Turmeric: simply use a toothbrush – ideally with a specially designed – a little bit of ground turmeric on your teeth and let it work for about 3 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly! The effect is rather subtle, but it helps!
Strawberries: This tip may sound somewhat contradictory at first, but the hydroxycarboxylic acid contained in the berries helps to remove stains. For an optimal result, crush a strawberry and mix with about 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder. Then apply the resulting paste to the teeth and let it work for a maximum of 5 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly and brush your teeth. In order not to burden the enamel, it is advisable not to use this strawberry mixture more than once a week!
Baking powder: Baking soda works wonders for your teeth! It is best to mix a few teaspoons of baking soda with a little water or lemon juice into a paste and then apply it to the teeth. Rinse off after about a minute. After a while, you will notice a definite difference!
Banana peel: This tip is a little unusual, but relatively easy to try! Rub your teeth inside an organic banana peel for about 2 minutes. After another 10 minutes, brush your teeth with a toothbrush – initially without toothpaste – to distribute the abrasion well. At the very end, you can brush your teeth regularly. The minerals contained in the banana peel are said to get directly into the teeth in this way, which in turn should make them whiter. The procedure should be repeated at least once a day over approximately 3 weeks to achieve a good result!
Oil pulling: The so-called oil pulling is a centuries-old cleaning ritual from Ayurveda, which among other things, serves to strengthen and clean teeth and gums. It also helps whiter teeth.