DIY Teeth Whitening: Facts vs. Fiction

Natural Teeth Whitening: What works vs. What doesn’t work

There are so many different methods to teeth whitening these days. Which isn’t a surprise being that one of the most common goals when it come to teeth is “whiter teeth”.  Natural methods from oil pulling to using charcoal have been circling the web. However, just because the method is considered natural doesn’t mean that the method is healthy.

Fruit Method:

This method claims you can make your teeth whiter and brighter using household staples that are naturally acidic (like lemons, oranges, apple cider vinegar), contain digestive enzymes (such as pineapple or mango) and something that is abrasive (like baking soda).

Fruit is a healthy choice when eating as usual. However, fruit and vinegar contain acid that can wear away your enamel. Enamel is the thin outer layer of your teeth that protects you from tooth sensitivity and cavities.


Charcoal Method:

Scrubbing your teeth with activated charcoal or baking soda-hydrogen peroxide will make your smile bright and make your teeth shine.

There is no evidence that shows dental products with charcoal are safe or effective for your teeth, according to the September 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Additionally, scrubbing your teeth with something that is too rough and abrasive can wear your enamel away. Charcoal can actually make your teeth more yellow than white when enamel is worn and the next layer is exposed. Instead, choose a whitening toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The Seal lets you know the toothpaste you choose is safe, effective and won’t damage your teeth.



Swishing oils like coconut oil in your mouth (oil pulling) or using spices like turmeric can help whiten your teeth.

This method is not supported by any reliable scientific evidence or facts that show oil pulling whitens teeth.

Teeth Whitening Tips:

-Brush daily! It is recommended that you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time.
-Use whitening toothpaste
-Try staying away from food that stain your teeth (example: coffee, red wine, tea).
-Get regular checkups and cleanings.

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