Whitening Toothpaste Research

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One of the main focal points in today’s society is outward beauty, which consists of hair, makeup and most importantly a white smile. In order to achieve a pearly white smile, Americans pay 1.4 billion dollars a year on non-prescription whitening products (Barlow, 2012). Most people believe that oral hygiene products were just recently invented, but historians say that Egyptians were the first people group to create a toothpaste (1teethwhitening, 2010). In early history, people would cut off small sticks form special trees that would clean their teeth. The sticks would be used to remove any particles on the tooth. The trees had cleansing chemicals that helped to maintain healthy teeth (1teethwhitening, 2010). Wine, vinegar, and pulverized pumice …show more content…
Whitening toothpastes can slightly whiten tooth enamels discoloration through removing surface stains, like smoke and coffee. As well, whitening toothpastes are used to maintain the results of a bleaching treatment (Carr, 2014). In this research project, Michael B’s research shows that Colgate Extra White whitens better than Crest. Also, “ Colgate was the first A.D.A. approved toothpaste in the U.S.. It is said to be the most effective at removing plaque and plaque id what stains teeth,” (Michael B., 2001) In this first place winning science fair project, Christina’s experiment deciphered which non-prescription toothpaste is the best whitener. She tested a few stains such as coffee, cola, and grape juice (Christina, 2008). Christina, proves that Colgate simply white whitens the best on most stains (Christina, …show more content…
For example, what toothbrush is best? In Kyle J. Davis’ research, he tested different stains on egg shells and used different toothpastes and toothbrushes to see if the products are worth the hype (Davis, 2011). Kyle’s research concluded that basically all Colgate toothpastes make teeth more white than Crest toothpastes. Also his research shows that high end toothbrushes don’t always improve the appearance of teeth (Davis, 2011). According to Gerard Kugel, “On the other hand a new treatment option that involves shining a bright light at the teeth, he adds, seems to confer only minimal benefit, according to the research literature,”(Kugel, 2008). But Kugel claims, whitening strips/trays work for noticeable teeth whitening (Kugel, 2008). Lastly, a very easy and non expensive way to whiten teeth are home remedies which normally include vegetables, fruits, and other at home ingredients. One home remedy is taking crushed strawberries and applying it onto your teeth for 5 minutes (Gray, 2014). The whitening chemical in strawberries is malic acid. This process can be repeated x2 a week (Gray, 2014). Apples, carrots and celery can also whiten teeth because they expand saliva production. Another trick is taking the peel of a lemon and wiping it on your teeth (Gray, 2014). This process can bleach teeth naturally (Gray, 2014). As well, taking equal parts of lemon juice

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