Natural Remedies for Teeth Whitening

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Are you interested in whitening your teeth? Here, we’ll discuss some natural remedies for teeth whitening and whether or not they work.

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient practice of swishing sesame, sunflower, or coconut oil around your mouth for about twenty minutes. This is supposed to get rid of bad breath while also whitening your teeth. The idea is that the oil pulls out the bad stuff. However, there is no clinical evidence that oil pulling eliminates bacteria or food particles left over in your mouth that make your breath smell or that it can make your teeth whiter and brighter.

Strawberries & Pineapples

Some people have been proponents of whitening teeth with a mixture of strawberries and baking soda. The idea is that malic acid in strawberries will remove the discoloration on your teeth while the baking soda will remove the surface stains. But there isn’t clinical evidence proving that strawberries can safely exfoliate teeth or make them look whiter. Bromelain is an enzyme that is found in both toothpastes and pineapple. However, just because pineapple has bromelain in it does not mean that it is at all effective at removing surface stains. Additionally, repeated exposure to the citric acid in strawberries and pineapple could slowly erode your enamel.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries to disinfect and clean, with the main active ingredient, acetic acid, having the ability to kill bacteria. Some people even claim it can act as a whitening agent. While apple cider vinegar may temporarily whiten teeth, it will also soften teeth and erode enamel. And teeth with weakened enamel will eventually look more yellow because the underlying yellow dentin is more exposed.

Activated Charcoal

Many bloggers and influencers claim that activated charcoal can clean and whiten your teeth by drawing out the toxins from your discolored teeth. However, this has not been clinically proven. In fact, charcoal is very abrasive and can severely weaken your teeth. Repeated use may cause your teeth to look yellow and feel more sensitive.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Forest Hill, TX

In reality, the best way to whiten your teeth is to take advantage of the professional teeth whitening options at our modern dental office. We offer in-office whitening and take-home tray whitening that provide the dramatic results you deserve! We also recommend: eating a healthy diet high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber and low in sugar and carbs; brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for two minutes each time; flossing daily; avoiding tobacco products; and coming in for regular checkups and cleanings. For a smile that is healthy and white, schedule an appointment with Nova Family Dental!

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