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Active ingredient in toothpaste whitening?

12/05/2006

Question:

I asked a question before about toothpaste+eggshells project. Thanks for getting back to me. I have another question though. What are the main ingridients for toothpaste whitening? Please help ASAP! Thanks

Answer:

Some whitening toothpastes have hydrogen peroxide in them.  Some toothpastes claim they whiten teeth, but they actually have abrasives in them that remove stains and plaque. Common abrasives include calcium phosphates, alumina, calcium carbonate, and silica. Toothpaste should be abrasive enough to remove plaque and stains, but not abrasive enough to damage tooth enamel.

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Michele P Carr, RDH,  MA Michele P Carr, RDH, MA
Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene
Associate Professor of HS Nursing Quality & Research
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University