I’ve been taking baby steps to whiten my teeth, because I didn’t want to all of a sudden show up with news reporter white teeth at my church, so I’ve been using Crest’s 3D Advanced Whitening toothpaste. I’ve seen some very minor improvement (I mean very minor). But now the inside of my mouth is starting to “peel” off. Peel off isn’t the best way to describe it, but it is the best i’ve got. Do you understand what I’m saying or do you need more info. Have you heard this before?
Kim A.- Backoo, ND
I think I do understand what you are trying to say. I looked through the ingredients and noticed it contains sodium lauryl sulfate. This is not an unusual ingredient in toothpaste. There are some potential side effects such as skin irritation, inflammation, sloughing off of oral tissues, and mouth ulcers.
I can understand wanting to whiten your teeth gradually. You can do that with professional teeth whitening. You may be thinking of Zoom Whitening, which completes the whitening process in just one appointment. Although Zoom is popular, Dr. Cha switched to KöR® Deep Bleaching™ because, unlike Zoom, it doesn’t use a light to accelerate the bleaching gel. The combination of the light and the gel dry out teeth and make them sensitive.
There is another type of professional teeth whitening that you can do at home. This gradually whitens your teeth, so that it won’t be a drastic difference between church visits.
The reason you’re only seeing minor results from the Crest toothpaste is that it is only designed to remove surface stains. It cannot truly whiten your teeth the way the gel your dentist will provide can.
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