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Hamilton Family Dentistry
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222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
Mon-Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
(706) 810-2136

Does Whitening Toothpaste Actually Work? Your Dentist Weighs In

March 4th, 2021

A white, healthy smile can boost your confidence and make you more attractive to others. Everyone wants that movie star gleam, right? However, you might be unsure of how to get the dazzle that you’ve been missing. Whitening toothpastes claim to remove stains and brighten your teeth, but do that actually work? Moreover, are they safe to use? How can you choose the best toothpaste for you? Your dentist in Harris County is here to provide answers to these intriguing questions.

The Idea Behind Whitening Toothpastes

Every name-brand whitening toothpaste might claim to contain the latest and greatest ingredients for a whiter smile. However, they all work in pretty much the same way. They contain a tiny amount of peroxide or other whitening agents, which work with the paste’s slightly abrasive nature to fight surface stains.

The good news is that many toothpastes do indeed whiten teeth. The bad news is that they’re efficacy is limited. They only work on the surface, so they can’t deliver the dramatic results that you might be hoping for.

Before you buy a toothpaste, look for a seal of approval from the American Dental Association; this indicates that the toothpaste is safe and will benefit your oral health.

Choosing the Perfect Toothpaste

There is no perfect toothpaste, but there might be a perfect toothpaste for you. If you don’t have any significant oral health problems, a basic fluoride-containing product that has some whitening agents in it might be just what you need to maintain an attractive, healthy grin. On the other hand, your mouth might have special needs that require you to be a bit choosier when you’re buying oral hygiene products.

  • If you have sensitive teeth, choose a toothpaste that has ingredients that will make it easier for you to enjoy hot and cold foods and beverages.
  • If you are prone to cavities, pick a paste that has extra fluoride, or supplement a regular toothpaste with a fluoride-containing mouth rinse.
  • If you have gum disease, look for a toothpaste that is particularly good at fighting bacteria.

Some specialty toothpastes offer whitening in addition to their health benefits, so it might be possible for you to find one that cares for your mouth and delivers cosmetic advantages.

Want More White?

Since whitening toothpastes only work on the surface, you aren’t going to see mind-blowing results from them. If you want a truly A-list grin, consider heading to your family dentist in Harris County for a professional whitening kit. It is safe and quick, and it can make your smile several shades brighter — your friends might need sunglasses when they get a glimpse of your new grin! After your treatment, you can use a whitening toothpaste to help maintain your sparkle.

Whitening toothpastes can boost your smile, but be sure to pick one that is good for your teeth as well. Bright pearly whites should be healthy!

About Hamilton Family Dentistry

Drs. Arrington and Rowland are proud to provide for the oral healthcare needs of folks in Harris County. They offer a range of services that are designed to keep your teeth gorgeous and healthy. If you have questions about how to achieve a whiter smile, or if it’s time for your next checkup, you can contact our office at 706-628-0011.

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FAQ

  • How often should I visit your office?

    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?

    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?

    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?

    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?

    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?

    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?

    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.
  • How often should I visit your office?
    image description
    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?
    image description
    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?
    image description
    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?
    image description
    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?
    image description
    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?
    image description
    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?
    image description
    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.