Should I Try Whitening Toothpastes?

A quick glance at the dental hygiene products at your local store and you’ll see a number of options for brightening your smile. From strips to rinses, many products boast the ability to remove discoloration. Many types of toothpaste also make this claim. Should you try whitening toothpaste? How does this work? What are your professional options for removing teeth stains?

Frequently Asked Questions Abut Whitening Toothpastes

Question: How do they work?

Answer: A whitening toothpaste typically contains abrasives that wear away the stains when brushing or special chemicals to infiltrate and remove discoloration on the surface. While these may work for minor stains to help people maintain an already bright smile, they don’t offer the dramatic results of professional cosmetic treatment.

Question: What causes my teeth stains?

Answer: Why do our teeth develop discoloration? The use of tobacco, poor oral hygiene, age, foods high in sugar and other starches, drinks with dark pigments, trauma, and certain medications can all lead to teeth stains. In order to remove your discoloration, the dentist will need to assess the cause and severity of your discoloration.

Question: How can I keep my smile bright?

Answer: After your obtain a whitening treatment then preventive care can help your teeth stay brighter for longer periods. You should brush your teeth twice daily and floss once. You also need to stop tobacco usage, such as smoking, and cut back on sugary foods and drinks. A routine cleaning once every six months can also help your teeth remaining stain-free for longer stretches.

Question: Should I consider professional teeth whitening?

Answer: If you have serious discoloration then talk to your dentist. With treatments such as KoR Whitening, a dental professional can remove both intrinsic and extrinsic teeth stains. In addition, restorations such as porcelain veneers can be used to mask discoloration.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including teeth whitening, Six Month Smiles, Invisalign, root canals, and CEREC crowns. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.