Best Toothpaste to Use for Safe and Fast Whitening

Nothing freshens your look more than a white smile, but the best toothpaste to use for fast results – while keeping good oral care a priority – depends on your unique oral care needs. Keep these four things in mind when making your selection.

1. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance

The American Dental Association (ADA) provides a seal of approval for toothpastes and products that meet its standard for effective oral care. Any company wishing to apply the seal to its products must show evidence of rigorous clinical, biological and laboratory testing, per ADA requirements.

Even the most basic over-the-counter (OTC) tooth-whitening product can meet the ADA's standards of safety and usefulness, though, so you don't have to substitute high-quality oral care standards for whiter teeth. Your Colgate Total® Advanced Fresh + Whitening toothpaste includes a fluoride formula that helps prevent cavities while whitening teeth several shades over the course of a few weeks.

2. Learn about the Safe Use of Hydrogen Peroxide

Although it may be common knowledge that hydrogen peroxide whitens teeth, how healthy it is to use in the long run is often up for debate. When used correctly, as observed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), bleaching products with hydrogen peroxide are perfectly safe. But always follow instructions for use to avoid demineralization, increased tooth sensitivity or gum irritation. If you're concerned about irritation, select a toothpaste with fast whitening results but is safe for daily use so you won't hurt your teeth in the process.

Keep in mind irritation and enamel wear can also be the result of hard or overzealous brushing. So, with a pea-sized dab of whitening toothpaste at the ready, be sure to use proper brushing techniques with a soft-bristled brush.

3. Know of Your Sensitivities When Whitening

If your dentist has indicated your teeth are on the sensitive side, it may be best to opt for somewhat slower whitening results when it comes to tooth whitening. Teeth that are especially prone to sensitivity may carry softer enamel or more easily triggered nerves beneath the dentin. But you still deserve a whiter smile, and Colgate® Enamel Health™ Whitening can both whiten and strengthen your enamel. The formula works to remove discoloration and bring back your teeth's natural color over a period of weeks, while strengthening the existing enamel.

4. Consult Your Dentist When Deciding on a Toothpaste for Kids

Unsure if whitening toothpaste can be a one-size-fits-all item for the home? First, it's best to follow your pediatric or family dentist's guidelines for each family member when choosing toothpastes and OTC dental products. You need to ensure everyone is receiving optimal care before trying to find it all in the same toothpaste. If you're thinking about teeth whitening toothpastes for your kids, however, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) recommends "minimizing exposure at the lowest effective concentration of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide."

Whiter teeth can make you feel much more confident about your smile. And when it comes to the best toothpaste to use for fast whitening, you don't have to sacrifice good looks for products that are good for your mouth overall. Nevertheless, always speak to your dentist about types of toothpastes that are right for you – and your family.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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