Here in the UK, we’re lumbered with a reputation for decidedly iffy dentistry. And it sort of makes sense, considering the nation's history – blame a lifestyle that revolved heavily around bar fights, scurvy and organ-excoriating rum.
Except this stereotype is no longer fit for purpose. The UK now ranks an impressive third in the world for understanding oral health, and an only-slightly-worse sixth when it comes to actually carrying out the right dental choices. Incidentally, the US, home of the iconic ‘Hollywood Smile’, sits at ninth and tenth respectively.
But, just because we come out rather better than expected, this doesn’t mean that anyone’s resting on their laurels. Modern Britons expect so much more from their toothpaste, demanding that it leaves gnashers looking every bit as good as they feel. Because even though we know that strength and comfort are probably the most important qualities in oral care, no one really wants their smile to resemble a well-worn kitchen floor.
That's why we’ve assembled this list of the best teeth whitening toothpastes. Read on to discover five different ways of achieving that elusive, picture-perfect gleam, and visit our guide to toothpaste for even more info.
Weleda are renowned for their all-natural approach to bathroom essentials – and this salt toothpaste is no exception. It may not sound the most appealing, but by fusing sea salt with natural extracts of ratanhia root, myrrh and chestnut bark, the brand has produced a fantastically effective formula that's entirely powered by nature.
Sea salt has a mouth-watering effect (literally!), so this toothpaste encourages saliva to do its natural work - clean! As well as flushing your whole mouth, gentle abrasive particles clean plaque and tartar build-up for a brighter, whiter smile. As for the taste, the zesty, salty taste is freshened with peppermint essential oil for a tingling, fresh-tooth feeling.
If you go to the trouble of using whitening strips, the very last thing you need is a toothpaste that doesn't hold up its end of the bargain. Thanks to this whitening paste your teeth will be free from impurities as it helps lift away pesky stains and discolouration.
Merci Handy provides your teeth with an out-of-this-world cleanse. The magical formula combines vegetable charcoal (known for its whitening effect) and coconut extracts for a polished, whiter and stronger smile. The starry, intergalactic texture is a fun way to spruce up the chore of cleaning teeth, too.
This Spotlight toothpaste more than delivers on its name. Not only are initial results instantaneous, but with consistent use you can see brighter results. These benefits stem from fluoride and hydrogen peroxide, which both prevents discolouration and maintains whitening.
So do your bit for the UK's better-than-expected oral care by adding a touch of spark and vitality to your smile. Thanks to the sheer number of whitening toothpastes available today, it's easier than ever to brush your way to picture-perfect teeth.
Want to learn more about how to take care of that smile? Read our blog on the best electric toothbrushes.
Written by Alex Bryson
Alex has over six years of experience as a writer. He demonstrates exceptional grooming knowledge and has a natural skill for following current trends.