Is Whitening Toothpaste Bad For Your Teeth?

Would you love to have whiter teeth?  Most people would, so whitening toothpaste seems like the easiest way to get them.  But is whitening toothpaste bad and is it permanently damaging your teeth?

Why Does Whitening Toothpaste Damage Your Teeth?

Whitening toothpaste removes extrinsic staining, which are stains on the outside of your teeth caused by tea, coffee, smoking, etc.  It cannot change the natural color of the teeth.  Many of these toothpastes are abrasive and contain tiny particles which remove this staining by scratching the surface of your enamel.  By scratching away the stained layer of tooth, the un-stained layer below is what makes your teeth appear whiter.  But with overuse this can remove the natural shine of your teeth and once this enamel has been removed it does not grow back.  Over time, loss of enamel can lead to tooth decay.

Are There Any Bad Side Effects Of Whitening Toothpastes?

Woman using whitening toothpasteTeeth can become very sensitive with the use of harsh whitening toothpastes.  As the enamel get thinner, the dentine becomes more exposed.  Dentine is the layer of tooth under the enamel and it contains lots of tiny tubes (like pores) that run straight through to the nerve in the middle of the tooth.  When these tubes become exposed, they can respond to hot and cold temperatures which may be painful.  Sensitive toothpastes work by plugging these tubes up so you don’t feel any pain, but whitening toothpastes do the  opposite and open them up, leaving you prone to sensitivity.

I Still Want Whiter Teeth, How Can I Minimize The Damage?

If you can’t bear to give up your whitening toothpaste, there are still ways that you can minimize any permanent damage.  Only use a gentle whitening toothpaste and use a soft or very soft bristled toothbrush to limit the abrasiveness of the toothpaste.  Don’t use a whitening toothpaste every time you brush, instead alternate with a regular toothpaste as well.  Try to use a toothpaste which contains fluoride as this can help strengthen the enamel.  Visit your dentist regularly to have your teeth checked and cleaned.  And remember, any staining that a whitening toothpaste removes can be done by your dentist or hygienist.  Your dentist can also recommend other ways for you to whiten your teeth.


Any information provided here is for educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute advice from a qualified dental professional. Only qualified dental professionals can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment based on your specific condition. No warranty is made with the information provided here.


  1. Whitening toothpaste removes extrinsic staining, which are stains on the outside of your teeth caused by tea, coffee, smoking, etc. It cannot change the natural color of the teeth.

  2. myteetharefucked says:

    My teeth are fucked up cause of tooth paste. The thing is I don’t even use that much of it or brush that often, But when Idid I used this expensive Colgate Whitening Ultra Bright and in 1 years time using it ruined my teeth completely ate away at the enamel. They should not beable to see these brands without a WARNING label my teeth now cost over 5000 dollars to fix money I don’t have no wonder DENTIST where all that money would go to it recommend it. I now have a massive infection trying to treat mytoothache with Orejel severe toothache I’ve a an allergic reaction to it and I maybe hospitalized as a result I’m taking 8 antibiotics a day in order to save my life cause I could very well die from this. I tell you only the God’s honest truth. This shit is put out by the illuminati to make us die with cancer and dumb down our people. I’m so miserable right now in the worst pain I felt my whole life cause I listened to a goddamn conformist and their stupid ass opinion for my health. Now the problem is out of control.

  3. myteetharefuckeduptoo says:

    Whitening toothpaste ruined my enamel as well. I agree with the guy above me, except for the thing about the illuminati. I used Oral B White 3d, in the USA it is known as Crest White 3D. I brushed 2 to 3 times a day for a couple of weeks and noticed my enamel was getting thinner and thinner. I did a search on Google and found out whitening tooth paste works like an abrasive, so I immediately stopped, but the damage had been done. This stuff should not be sold over the counter, especially not with a proper warning on the package that this should only be used sporadically and should not replace your normal toothpaste.

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