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A gorgeous white smile doesn’t just show the world how happy you are, it takes years off your face.
No wonder we’re all so obsessed with whitening and brightening our teeth.
But, did you know that some of those methods for removing those stains on your enamel can actually cause damage?
That’s right – if you’re using one of those chemical-based whiteners, your teeth might look better but actually end up less healthy, setting you up for problems down the road.
Let’s take a look at which types of products are the worst offenders and what you should do instead.
Bleach your toilet not your teeth
All commercial whiteners use some sort of bleaching agent to create that whiter smile. So, while they call them tooth whitening systems, they’re actually tooth bleaching systems.
Think about that for just a second and you’ll begin to see the problem.
When you use those products, you’re putting a strong chemical agent onto a porous, living tissue…
Crazy right? But, that’s how they’re designed.
So, what can happen?
#1 – Tooth Sensitivity (in other words… pain)
If you’ve ever used one of those chemical bleaches on your teeth – strips, gels, pastes, etc.. – you’ve probably already experienced this problem. That’s because tooth sensitivity and the pain that comes with it is the number one side effect associated with commercial whiteners.
In fact, one study found that 70 percent of people using these systems suffered from sensitivity with another almost 14 percent actually quitting the study because their pain was so intense.
When you put that together, that means that 84 percent of the study subjects who used bleaching agents on their teeth hurt afterward.
#2 – Gum Irritation
So, if your teeth hurt after using those chemical whiteners (and they’re a hard surface) how do you think your soft gums feel about it?
The answer is not good.
In fact, if you’re prone to canker sores, whitening your teeth with these products can take a painful situation and make it much worse.
#3 – Enamel Softening
And, to top it off, studies have found that all types of chemical teeth whitening cause your enamel to lose its hardness – you know, what protects your teeth from damage and decay.
And, the stronger the bleaching agent you use, the more it softens your enamel.
The good news is that your body is great at making repairs and remineralizing your teeth and the micro-hardness of your enamel will be back to normal about a week after bleaching.
But, imagine the damage that can be done in the meantime when your teeth are left with less protection!
#4 – Enamel Loss
Even worse, another study found that this temporary softening of your enamel could even lead to permanent enamel loss.
The researchers even went so far as to state that the chemical whiteners caused a, “Significant increase in enamel wear following treatment protocols” even at low concentrations.
A brighter smile without harsh chemicals
So, should you just give up on the idea of a whiter smile and live with stained, yellowing, aging teeth?
No way! The answer is to whiten your teeth without bleaching your teeth.
Instead of slapping on those strips, shoving in those painful trays or spreading on a paste, choose a tooth powder with activated charcoal and bentonite clay.
Because activated charcoal is a binding substance. After all, it’s been used for thousands of years medically to bind and remove poisons from your body. But, for your purposes, it’s helpful because it can bind to and remove those tea and coffee stains from your teeth.
And, bentonite clay can support the remineralization (think hardening) of your teeth since it’s rich in natural minerals.
All of this means that you’re able to whiten your teeth without sensitivity, gum irritation or damage to your enamel. In fact, you get the bonus of making your teeth and mouth healthier while getting a brighter smile.
So, let your smile shine bright and keep your pearly whites healthy and happy by ditching those chemical whiteners and instead leveraging the natural whitening power of activated charcoal and bentonite clay.
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- Clinical comparative study of the effectiveness of and tooth sensitivity to 10% and 20% carbamide peroxide home-use and 35% and 38% hydrogen peroxide in-office bleaching materials containing desensitizing agents — Operative Dentistry
- Canker Sores Explained — 1dental.com
- Table 2 — European Journal of Dentistry
- Opinion on Hydrogen peroxide, in its free form or when released, in oral hygiene products and toothwhitening products — Scientific Committee on Consumer Products