Get on social media any given day and odds are you will see a couple different DIY teeth whitening methods. Despite this, some of these “tricks” can actually be harmful to your teeth. At Snow Family Dentistry, we’re here to set the record straight and help you determine fact from fiction.
Method: Using Household Items to Whiten Your Teeth
This method claims you can make your teeth whiter and brighter using household staples that are naturally acidic (like lemons, oranges, apple cider vinegar).
At Snow Family Dentistry, we agree that fruit is a healthy food choice; however, fruit and vinegar contain acid that can wear away your enamel. Enamel is the thin outer layer of your teeth that protects you from tooth sensitivity and cavities. Therefore, we do not recommend this method.
Method: Using Charcoal to Whiten Your Teeth
This method involves brushing your teeth with activated charcoal or baking soda mixed with hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth.
According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, there is no evidence supporting this method. Additionally, scrubbing your teeth with something that is too rough and abrasive can actually wear your enamel away.
In fact, when enamel is worked down- it can actually make your teeth more yellow than white.
Instead, we recommend choosing a whitening toothpaste with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. The Seal lets you know the toothpaste you choose is safe, effective and won’t damage your teeth.
Method: Swishing Oil or Spices Can Whiten Your Teeth
This method involves swishing oils (like olive or coconut oil) or spices in your mouth to whiten your teeth. This practice is not supported by any evidence or facts.
Snow Family Dentistry Teeth Whitening Tricks
Although the above stated methods will not whiten your teeth, the following practices will!
-Brush daily! It is recommended that you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time.
-Use whitening toothpaste
-Try staying away from food that stain your teeth (example: coffee, red wine, tea).
-Get regular checkups and cleanings.
If you’re interested in getting your teeth professionally whitened or are in need of a check up, we can help! Our family practice will do our best to make you feel at home and will cater to your every need! To schedule an appointment with us today, click here!