The NPR (8/14, Neighmond) “Shots” blog notes that consuming coffee, tea, and red wine may stain teeth, although tooth discoloration may also stem from tobacco use, age, and trauma. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits can help with surface stains, but bleaching may be necessary to address deeper stains. When selecting an over-the-counter whitening product, NPR points to the ADA Seal of Acceptance, noting Dr. Jamie Spomer, director of the ADA Seal of Acceptance program, states “the seal is rooted in science,” and it is a “symbol that an independent panel reviewed and approved the product for its safety and effectiveness.” ADA spokesperson Dr. Ada Cooper advises consulting with a dentist before whitening teeth, since “tooth discoloration can be caused by cavities and other oral problems.” We couldn’t agree more whole-heartedly! It’s not about “selling” you professional products … it;’s about making sure tooth bleaching is safe for you, will work for you, and ways you can save money.
Check out MouthHealthy.org, ADA’s consumer website, for evidence-based information about teeth whitening. The ADA provides a complete list of toothpastes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, including some with stain removalattributes. In addition, Crest 3D White Whitestrips Glamorous White have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance.