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Teeth covered by a layer of enamel on the outside. The enamel is what forms the white color of the teeth. However, there are various reasons, the color of the teeth can change, namely becoming yellowish, brownish, and blackish, so it requires special handling to return them to their original color.
There are various types of toothpaste that the manufacturer claims can whiten teeth to restore the original color of the teeth to their original state. This condition can be true or not, depending on what toothpaste you mean.
Indeed, it is known that there are several types of ingredients that can be used to whiten teeth, including perlite, hydroxyapatite, silica, sodium polyphosphate, sodium pyrrophosphate, PEG-8, PEG-600, and so on. This content, if it is true in the toothpaste you mean, can indeed help whiten teeth. However, this effect is certainly not obtained in a short time. According to various literature, it takes at least 6 to 8 weeks for teeth discoloration to become whiter.
You also need to understand that many whitening toothpaste products contain abrasive ingredients. This abrasive agent is actually intended to help clean dirt and plaque on the teeth so that the teeth can become whiter quickly. However, overuse of these abrasive agents can potentially damage the enamel, causing teeth to become brittle and loose. The several types of abrasive agents referred to are calcium hydrogen phosphate, aluminum hydroxide, calcium carbonate, hydrous silicic acid, and so on.
Therefore, before choosing a whitening toothpaste, it's a good idea to consult with a dentist first so that the appropriate toothpaste is chosen, without causing excessive abrasion of your teeth.
To help whiten teeth naturally, you should do the following tips:
Be diligent in brushing and gargling with antiseptic mouthwash. Limit consumption of sweet foods. Expand fresh food, especially vegetables and fruits. Limit consumption of tea, coffee, and soda. Don't smoke. Control your oral health to the dentist at least every 6 months Hope it helps.
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah