DIY Teeth Whitening Methods: Are They Helpful or Harmful?

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DIY Teeth Whitening Methods: Are They Helpful or Harmful?

In American society, having a bright smile is not only attractive, but it also is a signal of strong and healthy teeth. Do it yourself teeth whitening has become a popular homecare method for those wanting to whiten their teeth without the use of hazardous chemicals. However, certain natural remedies may be doing more harm than good. If you want to brighten your smile, the teeth whitening procedures used by a qualified San Diego dentist can help.

How Fruit Affects Your Teeth

One of the most popular DIY teeth whitening methods is the use of fruits. Some people believe that using household staples that are naturally acidic, such as lemons, oranges, pineapple, DIY Teeth Whitening Methods: Are They Helpful or Harmful?mango, and apple cider vinegar, and mixing it with baking soda, will make an effective teeth whitening paste. However, fruit and apple cider vinegar both contain acid, which if left on the teeth for too long can wear off the enamel. Eating fruit is perfectly fine and recommended but using them to scrub the teeth could lead to tooth sensitivity and cavities. It’s true that baking soda is a natural mouth cleanser, but it’s too harsh on the teeth if used by itself. It’s safer to use a natural toothpaste that contains baking soda because it’s diluted with other ingredients.

Are Scrubs Helpful or Harmful?

Another popular belief is that using activated charcoal will help whiten the teeth. Unfortunately, there’s no scientific evidence that proves charcoal, or dental products that contain charcoal, will help brighten the teeth. Using a scrub too often can actually wear away the enamel and make the teeth appear more yellow due to the layer beneath the enamel having a yellower tint.

Do Oils Help or Hurt Your Teeth?

A third popular DIY homecare method is oil-pulling with coconut oil. Oil-pulling is when a teaspoon of coconut oil is swished around in the mouth for as long as possible before brushing. The belief is that because coconut oil is anti-bacterial, it naturally cleanses the mouth. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that proves oil-pulling whitens the teeth.

Although the DIY teeth whitening methods addressed above may not be the best homecare methods, there are still preventative oral care options available. Brushing the teeth twice daily for at least two minutes will keep the mouth clean and appear whiter. Flossing the teeth daily will also help remove excess bacteria that causes buildup and makes the teeth appear yellow. Refraining from consuming tooth-staining foods and drinks, such as tea, coffee, and red wine will help avoid discoloration. Lastly, getting dental checkups at least twice yearly will help brighten the smile.

San Diego Teeth Whitening Dentistry

At McBride Dental, we offer teeth whitening options for those interested in brightening their smile. We use advanced equipment and quality whitening agents to help our patients obtain the smile they desire. With as little as one treatment, our patients notice drastic differences with the coloration of their teeth. We have a powerful whitening gel that is applied to the surface of the teeth to lighten the appearance of stains, discoloration, and yellowing. If you’re interested in brightening your smile, call 760-471-1003 to schedule an appointment today.

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