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Whitening Toothpastes – do they work?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on October 11, 2017


There are several whitening kinds of toothpaste on the market. A whitening toothpaste doesn’t change the actual colour of your teeth but they may be effective at removing surface staining. These kinds of toothpaste typically contain more abrasive ingredients, such as silica, which scrub the surface of the teeth.

Teeth whitening toothpaste won’t give you dramatic, bright white results unless you naturally have very white teeth. Whitening toothpaste may help reduce the discolouration of your teeth from coffee or red wine enamel surface staining.


Recently ‘charcoal’ has been popping up in all sorts of ‘healthy products’. Whitening one’s teeth using charcoal is an interesting viewing on YouTube. However – does it work? Well, the Romans used to have powdered charcoal in their toothpaste! While you might not notice any negative effects right away, the American Dental Association has warned that activated charcoal is too abrasive and risk wearing away your tooth enamel.

If you want to actually whiten your teeth, you might consider dental professional teeth whitening treatment. If you wish to discuss professional tooth whitening please speak with Dr Kyi at your next appointment.

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