If you’ve been anywhere on the Internet in the past few years, you’ve seen just about every DIY craze that there is. Just look on Pinterest and you’ll find hundreds of pins and tips on how to whiten your own teeth at home. But are these whitening treatments even effective? Or safe? Here are a few of the most popular DIY whitening tricks and why they may be less than healthy for your smile.
Some sources recommend rubbing your teeth with lemons to lift away stain deposits. Unfortunately it is the acid in the lemons causing the stain lifting. Rubbing lemons over your teeth will actually erode your enamel and make the teeth look yellower over time instead of whiter, because of how thin the enamel can become.
Baking soda is great for cleaning just about anything. In fact, many people in previous generations have used it to brush their teeth. Some people enjoy using it a couple of times a month for stain removal, but brushing with it every day is far too abrasive. It can scratch your dental work, cause gum recession, and even thinning of your enamel.
Yes, whitening gel does contain peroxide, but it’s in a different form that clings to only a small surface of your tooth. Rinsing with hydrogen peroxide may initially lift some stains, but it also alters the natural bacteria inside of your mouth. A common unwanted side effect is called “black hairy tongue,” and it looks just like it sounds.
The safest and quickest way to whiten your smile is to see your dentist. A professional home whitening kit is more cost effective than over the counter methods, and far safer than any DIY remedy.
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
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