to think whitening toothpastes damage your teeth?

(37 Posts)
RattyRoland Sat 02-Feb-13 22:32:52

Well they seem to take the enamel off mine anyway, but the toothpaste aisle is bloody full of them. Surely it's better to have clean teeth than white ones falling out? and don't the celebs with their dazzling illuminous white teeth look a bit stupid

specialsubject Sun 03-Feb-13 16:53:53

whitening toothpastes are right up there with anti wrinkle creams - they do absolutely NOTHING.

dentists can whiten teeth, if you don't mind them being weakened. Enjoy your soup - or failing that, remember that the Hollywood teeth are false, crowns or photoshopped.

Lovelygoldboots Sun 03-Feb-13 16:56:50

Thanks want2b for the advice and merlot for the advice.

Losingexcessweight Sun 03-Feb-13 17:00:56

I went on a course about 3 years ago on dental hygiene in the care sector. The course was run by a denist who did say that whitening toothpastes do strip your teeth of its enamel.

And also if you have your teeth professionally whitened, and then use whitening toothpaste, all your doing is stripping away the professional whitening treatment that you ve paid hundreds of pounds for.

drizzlecake Sun 03-Feb-13 17:02:47

I tried hydrogen peroxde mixed with baking soda and peppermint essence (recipe from internet). Brush teeth with it and try to leave it on teeth a while. Seemed to improve colour. waiting from horror response from akissisnotacontract grin

Darkesteyes Sun 03-Feb-13 17:37:15

oh bollocks All ive got in at the mo is that Oral B whitening toothpaste. The one that Holly Willoughby advertises.
And i recently bought 2 more because they were on offer. Ive only been using it for a week and a half.
Going into town on Tuesday. If i switch back to Colgate sensitive akiss then i take it that should be ok.

Whitening from a dentist does not weaken teeth and using whitening toothpaste won't strip the colour if you have them professionally whitened as the bleach is absorbed right into the dentine. Having said that, whitening toothpaste is too abrasive and shouldn't be used. The latest oral b one is the worst as they have put stannous fluoride in it which is a type of fluoride that causes staining. So to counteract that they've made it more abrasive. Why not just use sodium fluoride like most other toothpaste brands?

drizzlecake it'll take more than that to shock me. I've known people to use Ajax and floor cleaner on their teeth.

Darkesteyes Sun 03-Feb-13 22:22:02

Thanks for replying AKiss. Thats awful. I will switch back to Colgate sensitive as soon as i can.
Appallingly it says on the back of the Oral B tube that it is suitable for children and to use a pea sized amount. (i know the pea size thing is general advice) but im shocked that they are saying this is ok to use on childrens teeth in light of the information youve given us AKiss.
Thankyou for your help. I will replace it on Tuesday so i will throw the Oral B one out.
Ive already thrown out the extra ones i bought. Yes they cost a fiver but id rather lose that than have to pay out hundreds of pounds to have my teeth fixed after wrecking the enamel.
I had 3 years of train track braces and retainers as a teenager so i dont want them ruined now.

Darkesteyes Sun 03-Feb-13 22:23:11

Is the colgate sensitive one ok? its the one i normally use?

Yeah Colgate is fine, as are most of the supermarket own brands. Just avoid oral b and whitening pastes. Oral make great toothbrushes, they shouldn't have bothered branching out to making toothpaste. I'm surprised it costs a fiver a tube. They've been giving us so many free samples in an effort to get us to give it out to patients so I had no idea it cost so much. All you need a toothpaste to contain is 1250-1450ppm sodium fluoride. If you can get that from a supermarket own brand then go for that.

Darkesteyes Sun 03-Feb-13 22:49:01

It was a fiver for 2 (they were on offer)
Im using an Oral B toothbrush at the mo.
Thanks for your help on this AKiss. Much appreciated. Without this info i would have probably carried on using it. I had 3 tubes altogether shock
Thanks thanks thanks

JamieandtheMagicTorch Mon 04-Feb-13 18:14:54

Thanks for that advice, AKiss.

Hobbitation Mon 04-Feb-13 18:19:28

I use toothpaste that is both whitening and for sensitive teeth. It does seem to have made a difference over time.

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