There’s nothing wrong with going natural—in most cases. When speaking about dental health, there have been improvements to natural dental hygiene practices—especially when it comes to whitening your teeth.
Rather than relying on a beauty influencer’s YouTube tutorial video, trust your local cosmetic dentist in Centerville with the health and aesthetics of your teeth.
Here are 3 natural teeth trends that you should think twice about before trying.
1. Peroxide, Baking Soda, and Lemon Juice.
One of the first “solutions” that you may find in a quick web search for natural teeth whitening is the mixture of peroxide, baking soda, and lemon juice to brush with. Can you say enamel erosion???
This mixture is not only not really natural because it still uses chemicals and a chemical reaction to strip the enamel of your teeth—but it strips the enamel of your teeth!
Your tooth enamel is the protective layer of your smile, so you should keep everything acidic (like chemical mixtures and lemon juice) far away from it.
2. Oil Pulling for A Cleaner, Whiter Smile.
Many people think coconut oil pulling, which involves swishing coconut oil around your mouth for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinsing it out, can boost oral and overall health. This practice promises cleaner teeth and gums, eventually leading to brighter teeth. While there’s no real scientific evidence that oil pulling works to remove dental bacteria and other debris that linger in the mouth, it isn’t the worst way to try to get brighter teeth because it won’t damage your existing smile.
However, you can always just stick to your dentist’s recommended flossing routine for a clean, bright smile.
3. Charcoal Teeth Whitening
Over the past few years, a new oxymoronic trend has emerged: achieving brighter teeth with dark charcoal-infused products. As weird and cool as this may sound, it’s not good for your teeth!
Charcoal is abrasive, which will cause your enamel to erode. After the hard-outer layer of the tooth is gone, there is no way to get it back, leaving your smile susceptible to tooth decay and cavities. It’s true that the stains on your enamel will be scrubbed away, but so will your smile’s protection!
Rather than gambling the health of your teeth and gums for whiter teeth, trust your local practice with professional, safe teeth whitening in Centerville.
About Our Office
Here at the office of Dr. Daniel Passidomo, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve your smile goals in the safest way possible. If you want whiter teeth, all you have to do is call and ask about professional teeth whitening offered right here in our office! Feel free to give us a ring today!