Isn't the median pharmacist or dentist salary ($112,000-$157,000/year) enough to tell patients the truth?
The natural color of teeth is not...wait for it...white. Nope. Yet, there's a $5.56 billion global cosmetic tooth whitening products industry (2016) that is reaching out for your precious dollars at the hands of pharmacists and dentists apparently more concerned with paper than physiology.
That's really sad, too.
An individual o-t-c whitener purchase of (strips, rinse, gel, toothpaste) between $4-$100 or professional whitening kit ($400) of themselves are not outrageously expensive; yet, conscience pharmacists and dentists would explain:
ANSWER: White lies.
Tooth whiteners (lighteners) abrasively remove stains and enamel. Tooth bleaching products penetrate the enamel and alter the dentin underneath the enamel. Once tooth enamel is gone, it's gone. So, cautiously consume tooth staining foods, acknowledge that slightly yellow is better and healthier than white, and consider natural tooth "whiteners" like lemon or orange peels
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