Tooth Whitening: The Secret to Long-lasting White Teeth

Tooth Whitening: The Secret to long-lasting White TeethBy: Dr. David C. Wood D.D.S. Tooth whitening is really pretty simple, but with the vast number of whitening products and misinformation out there, many of my patients are left confused and frustrated. Therefore, I decided to spend my first blog post of 2018 explaining the keys to having whiter, brighter teeth!Step 1: Throw away that “whitening paste”Think of it this way: there are abrasives and bleaching agents. Most of your standard “whitening” toothpastes contain abrasives that work to mechanically scrub away stain molecules from the surface of your teeth. And while the results often provide the most immediate gratification, they are seldom long-lasting. This is because most toothpastes, especially those with whitening claims, are super gritty and abrasive, and in some cases even harmful to tooth enamel and gum tissue. I see patients on a daily basis with generalized gum recession and enamel … Continued