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6 DIY Teeth Whitening Hacks That Could Be Harming Your Teeth—and the Solution That Will Leave You Smiling

6 DIY Teeth Whitening Hacks That Could Be Harming Your Teeth—and the Solution That Will Leave You Smiling

Why Seeing a Dentist for a Professional Teeth Whitening Is Always the Right Choice

When it comes to your dental health, you should always trust a dentist over a DIY teeth-whitening article you found on Pinterest. Your dentist knows you and your specific dental care needs and can recommend a teeth-whitening system that will work with your budget, schedule, and dental health. Whether it’s an in-house professional whitening treatment, an approved take-home kit, or the avoidance of certain foods, your dentist will be there to monitor the results and help you get the bright, white smile that you’re looking to achieve.  

Before you take any risks with a DIY teeth-whitening hack, be aware of these six potentially dangerous whitening myths—along with the very real truth.

  1. Lemons and Baking Soda
    Myth: Mix baking soda and lemon water together and rub against teeth. After ten minutes, rinse and brush your teeth. Your teeth will be instantly whiter.
    Truth: Exposure to acidic foods, such as lemons, can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time. Add a mildly abrasive ingredient, such as baking soda, and you’ve created a concoction that can erode enamel and cause tooth decay. While many toothpastes contain small amounts of baking soda, brushing with baking soda has not been approved by the American Dental Association.
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar
    Myth: Rub apple cider vinegar on your teeth with a small cloth and rinse. After a few minutes, brush your teeth as normal. Your teeth will become gradually whiter.
    Truth: The acidity in apple cider vinegar is terrible for your tooth enamel. Since your teeth are already weakened after direct contact with the substance, brushing after consumption can make it even worse.

  3.  Turmeric
    Myth: Blend turmeric powder and melted coconut oil into a paste. Dip your toothbrush into the mixture and brush as normal. After thoroughly brushing, leave the mixture on your teeth and rinse after five minutes. Your teeth will be instantly whiter.
    Truth: Your tooth enamel contains microscopic ridges and pits that can hold particles of food, so consumption of any dark-colored foods can stain your teeth over time. Since turmeric is often used as a natural food coloring, the yellow tint can leave your teeth even more discolored, instead of white.
  4. Aluminum Foil, Baking Soda and Salt Wraps
    Myth: Mix baking soda, salt, and water together to make a paste. Apply this to a sheet of aluminum foil and cover all of your teeth with the foil. After an hour, remove and see the whitening results.
    Truth: Biting down on aluminum foil can cause pain when it comes into contact with your teeth. When you bite on foil, a type of electrical current stimulates nerve endings in your teeth, which can cause pain, especially if you have metal fillings or crowns. There’s no scientific proof that this potentially painful remedy whitens teeth. Plus, putting your teeth in direct contact with abrasive ingredients such as salt and baking soda can erode enamel. Consult with your dentist to avoid any pain and long-term effects from aluminum foil teeth-whitening wraps.
  5. Coconut Oil
    Myth: Swishing with coconut oil for 15 minutes in the morning can whiten your teeth over time. Additionally, it can heal cavities, freshen breath, and prevent gingivitis.
    Truth: Based on the lack of currently available evidence, swishing with oil, or oil pulling, is not recommended by the American Dental Association. Besides the fact that there’s no proof that it whitens or helps protect your teeth, some have reported experiencing diarrhea or an upset stomach after using this method.
  6. Activated Charcoal Scrubs
    Myth: Mix coconut oil, baking soda, and activated charcoal into a bowl. After mixing well, use this paste to brush your teeth for one to two minutes. Rinse away and enjoy your new, white smile.
    Truth: Although there’s no proof that charcoal will damage your teeth, it can cause irritation and inflammation of your gums, which can lead to receding gums. Don’t do this for a long period of time, since abrasive charcoal could damage your enamel. If you’re looking for whiter teeth, it’s best to contact your dentist, who will suggest a safe, proven solution.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Florida, call Towncare Dental today at 866-939-7344 or make an appointment.

Towncare Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Florida. Our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Towncare Dental, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Towncare Dental.


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