II. Preparations: Whitening Toothpaste

  1. Removes superficial stains with chemicals and abrasives that break up and polish teeth

III. Preparations: Whitening Strips or Gels

  1. Over-the-counter home applied
    1. Topical hydrogen peroxide enters tooth enamel and bleaches deeper stains
    2. More effective after dental cleaning
    3. Avoid longterm use due to dental enamel thinning
  2. Dental office applied
    1. Concetrated hydrogen peroxide applied with faster results
  3. Adverse effects
    1. Tooth sensitivity
    2. Gum irritation
    3. Thinning of dental enamel

IV. References

  1. (2013) Presc Lett 20(12): 71-2

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