Do Teeth Whitening Gums Really Work?
Posted on 6/15/2016 by Dr. Call
|You're standing in line waiting to check out at the grocery store, and you notice a pack of gum that claims to whiten your teeth. You've been thinking that your teeth look a little yellow and decide to grab a pack. Now that you're home, you start to wonder - can whitening gum really work? How is that even logical? And lastly, can gum provide results comparable to a professional teeth whitening treatment?
What Whitening Gum Does
Unfortunately, whitening gums aren't going to work the way that you want them to. Chewing them won't make your teeth whiter, but they can reduce the development of certain types of dark stains - the type that your dental hygienist will usually scratch off with a hand instrument at your cleaning appointment.
These gums do this by using an abrasive to make the stains easier to come off when chewing them.
Common Ingredients in Whitening Gums
Teeth whitening gums often include one of these ingredients in order to help with stain reduction:
While whitening gums aren't going to harm your teeth, they likely aren't going to achieve the results that you really want if you are interested in whitening. To get a whiter and brighter smile, contact our office today to find out what options are available to you, including in-office whitening.