In the oral healthcare market of today, home teeth whitening systems have become a major
industry. Whitening chewing gum by itself is estimated to pull in an astounding 17 million dollars
per annum in gross sales, and that is just for a single brand. When you include additional
products like brushed on bleaching gels, whitening toothpastes and whitening strips, it is easy to
see just how big and profitable the market has become. Oral care as we know it nowadays, has
not always been that way though and is somewhat different from its rather humble beginnings.
The lengths which some folks would go to in the past simply to get a dazzling smile can make
you very grateful for the modern conveniences that we take for granted today.
These days, we all know that brushing our teeth twice a day or after meals is the first step in
home teeth whitening. To do that, we turn to our trusty toothbrush to get rid of any surface
buildup on our teeth. Everyone has a toothbrush readily available but what would you do if you
could not find yours. You would venture outside into your front or back yard of course and find
yourself a suitable twig. In times gone by, people would really chew on twigs in order to clean
their pearly whites. After that, some ingenious person, way back in history, had the bright idea of
fashioning a piece of wood and adding wild boar bristle to the end of it. And so the toothbrush
was born although the idea of having a mouthful of hog hairs first thing in the morning is not too
Even though home tooth whitening kits have come a long way over time, needing to have whiter
teeth is not anything new and has always been trendy. The early barber, who used to double up
as the local dentist, would literally file the surface of the tooth down and then apply a solution of
Nitric Acid. This process would certainly be effective at giving brilliant white teeth, but it also
came with a high price tag. The combination of filing and acid would ruin the enamel protection
leading to rapid decay and the eventual loss of the teeth.