Whitening Toothpastes: Worth It Or A Waste?


Flashily-packaged whitening toothpastes often promise to give you a mega-watt smile—but do they actually deliver?

That depends. First and foremost, it is worth noting that the best way to end up with a beaming grin is to take care of your teeth (i.e. avoiding stain-causing behavior, staying away from tooth-damaging foods, not skipping your dental appointments, etc.) Nothing can replace good oral care habits.

However, sometimes it helps to have a little extra something in your corner. So, should you buy a whitening toothpaste?

Maybe. Here is how to decide.

1. Make Sure The Product Is ADA-Approved

Drop it if it doesn’t have ADA Seal of Acceptance; it either has not been evaluated yet or it didn’t make the cut for some reason.

2. Be Wary Of “Too Good To Be True” Results

Do accompanying ads or labels insist that your teeth will be totally transformed after just one use? Then be on the lookout for other warning signs because it may be nothing more than a gimmick, especially if it is coupled with questionable, currently-”trendy” ingredients, like activated charcoal.

3. Chat With Your Dentist

Ask for their picks and recommendations during your next visit, so that you can end up with an option that is made with you in mind, specifically. (They may even recommend that you consider a more effective procedure instead.)

Best of luck with your search!