As the popularity of DIY increases, so does the ambition to find a method to whiten teeth using everyday ingredients lying around our house. Remember, “natural” doesn’t always mean healthy. Truly, DIY whitening may brighten your teeth, but harm them in the long run.

Fruits

This method uses acidic fruits such as lemons, oranges, and cider vinegar, also acidic, mixed with an abrasive such as baking soda to brush on your teeth. You could get many surface stains brightened, but long term use will damage the enamel of your teeth. This combination will wear the enamel layer of the tooth, exposing the dentin, which is yellow. Sensitivity will also increase without the protective enamel covering.

Scrubbing

The idea of scouring your teeth with ingredients like a mixture of baking soda/peroxide or activated charcoal paste may not put that shine back into your pearly whites. There is no evidence that the use of any product with charcoal is safe or effective, according to the ADA. Both of these mixtures are too abrasive on your teeth. Only the enamel whitens, and the use of gritty substances can wear that layer away. The dentin, as we have said earlier, the soft yellow color. Whitening works on the enamel, not dentin.

Oil Pulling and Tumeric

Save the oils and spices for tasty, healthy meals. Evidence has not verified that swishing coconut in your mouth (oil pulling) or using spices like Tumeric whitens teeth.

How to naturally whiten your teeth

-Brush twice a day for two minutes using an ADA approved whitening product

-Floss between your teeth once a day

-Limit staining foods like coffee, tea, and red wine

-Quit smoking

-See us at least twice a year

-Ask us about our easy pre-loaded whitening trays or in-office whitening

 

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