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Many people feel that a bright, white smile says a lot about them, especially when making a positive first impression. Over time things like age, tobacco use, foods and dark beverages can dull our smile. There are a few options available to you for whitening your teeth.

Teeth polishing during your six month dental cleaning can help remove some minor surface stains. It’s a good idea to talk to your dentist before starting any tooth-whitening regimen. If your teeth have minor surface stains, you might want to try a tooth-whitening toothpaste.

Brushing your teeth with a tooth-whitening toothpaste is one of the more common options for dealing with teeth that have some minor surface stains. Most brands use a mild form of peroxide bleach as the active ingredient.

When selecting a particular brand, be sure to look for a brand that has earned the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This seal insures that the ADA has researched and tested the product for safety and effectiveness.

The occasional use of tobacco products can cause minor surface stains. However, if you use tobacco products on a regular basis, it will lead to the deeper staining of your teeth that a tooth-whitening toothpaste simply cannot remove. If you use tobacco products on a regular basis, you should talk to your doctor about a tobacco cessation program.

If you have questions about selecting a tooth-whitening toothpaste, or if you are curious about other teeth-whitening options, please feel free to call us at 949-642-9928 to schedule an appointment.