Century Dental
Phone: (971) 708-1608
2831 SW Cornelius Pass Rd.
Hillsboro OR 97123
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Jeff R. Call, DMD, FAGD, FICOI
Dix C. Densley, DDS, FAGD, FICOI

Do Teeth Whitening Gums Really Work?


Posted on 6/15/2016 by Dr. Call
A before and after image of a woman's teeth undergoing a teeth whitening treatment.You're standing in line waiting to check out at the grocery store, and you notice a pack of gum that claims to whiten your teeth. You've been thinking that your teeth look a little yellow and decide to grab a pack. Now that you're home, you start to wonder - can whitening gum really work? How is that even logical?

What Whitening Gums Do


Unfortunately, whitening gums aren't going to work the way that you want them to. Chewing them won't make your teeth whiter, but they can reduce the development of certain types of dark stains - the type that your dental hygienist will usually scratch off with a hand instrument at your cleaning appointment.

These gums do this by using an abrasive to make the stains easier to come off when chewing them.

Common Ingredients in Whitening Gums


Teeth whitening gums often include one of these ingredients in order to help with stain reduction:

•  Sodium ascorbate and malic acid. Both of these ingredients are mildly acidic within the mouth and can make it easier to rub off stains due to the erosive properties of the ingredients.
•  Sodium bicarbonate. Also known as baking soda, this mild abrasive will help to remove stains from the teeth.
•  Tetrasodium pyrophosphate. This ingredient is an anti-plaque and anti-tartar agent, and it can make it easier to remove stains.
•  Titanium dioxide. This ingredient is an abrasive, and it can help with some whitening by increasing the abrasiveness of the gum. This will ultimately help to remove stains.

While whitening gums aren't going to harm your teeth, they likely aren't going to achieve the results that you really want if you are interested in whitening. To get a whiter and brighter smile, contact our office today to find out what options are available to you, including in-office whitening.
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Century Dental Creating the Smiles You Dream of!


Welcome to Century Dental, where we make your beautiful smile our business! Dr. Densley and Dr. Call have teamed up to create the driving force in the dental industry of the Pacific Northwest. We have put together a team of highly skilled, professional staff.

Hillsboro Family Dentist


We take great pride in creating a comfortable and friendly environment where our patients can have a positive dental experience. Located in Hillsboro, our office is easily accessible as it is right off of Oregon Route 8. We have gone to great lengths to make sure our office is both state-of-the-art and also comfortable and inviting.

Services Offered


Preventive Dentistry

We are passionate about preventing problems before they start. We do so by educating our patients about what positive dental habits they can be forming and having our patients visit us twice a year for exams and cleanings.

Restorative Dentistry

We understand that often, due to circumstances outside of your control, your mouth may need restorative actions taken. That’s why we offer a bevy of restorative procedures to bring your smile back to it’s original luster.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Frequently we hear that the procedures that make the biggest difference in our patient’s smiles are cosmetic in nature. Whitening, veneers and Invisalign® are just a few of the cosmetic procedure we offer!

IV Sedation

For those patients that need more than just oral sedation we offer what is often called “sleep sedation”. If anxiety is an issue or if the procedure calls for it we can easily place you under full anesthesia to ensure that you rest peacefully through the whole thing.

Dental Implants

If you have lost a tooth or are looking at tooth removal as an option, dental implants are the most highly recommended form of replacement for teeth. Dental implants involve inserting a titanium post into your jaw which will fuse with your bone structure. The post will be topped with a crown made specifically to fit your bite. The result is a form of tooth replacement that looks and acts exactly as your real tooth would. It even prevents bone loss, which is a common side effect of tooth loss.

Dental Technology


We are happy to use a great variety of cutting edge technology in our practice. Digital X-rays are one of our staples in dental tech. Standard X-rays can take time to view and process but with the advent of digital X-rays we can view the inner workings of your mouth almost instantly. We are also able to take higher quality X-rays that allow us to detect things like tooth decay within the tooth, cysts, tumors, and impacted teeth. Further, the radiation you receive from a digital X-ray device is about 1/5th that of a standard X-ray.

We also offer intraoral cameras and ultrasonic scalers. The intraoral cameras aid us in detecting any issues within your mouth that may need further dental attention. Ultrasonic scalers are by far the most effective method for removing built up plaque and tartar that has accumulated on teeth.

More questions?


If you have any more questions please feel free to browse our Frequently Asked Questions page or give us a call today at 971-708-1608. We look forward to hearing from you!
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