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You may have seen different natural do-it-yourself teeth whitening strategies trending lately. Some of them might have been featured in magazines or online. Today we would like to help you determine which claims may have some truth and which are false. While it would be nice to believe that the key to a brighter smile could be as close as our kitchens, we believe it is important to address these with you because some of them can do more harm than good to your teeth.

Fruits
One popular theory has been that you could combine naturally acidic fruits, like lemons or oranges, with ones that have digestive enzymes, like pineapple, and something abrasive, like baking soda. Fruit, when eaten properly, can be great for your body, but some of them can be acidic. Prolonged exposure to acids can be harmful to your enamel and if you combine it with an abrasive scrub, you could wear your tooth enamel away. You may then be vulnerable to tooth decay.

Scrubs
Another method that has gone around is to scrub your teeth with things like baking soda-hydrogen peroxide paste or activated charcoal to brighten your smile. However, there is no evidence that charcoal is even safe for your teeth. And similar to acids, abrasive materials can wear away your enamel and expose the softer dentin layer underneath, which may actually be more of a yellow hue.

Oils and spices
Although some people may claim to have done this for years, there is no reliable scientific evidence that swishing oils like coconut oil or turmeric can help whiten your teeth.

If you would like to have a brighter and healthier smile, you might want to examine your dental hygiene routines. You should brush twice a day and floss once daily to clean between your teeth. You might also want to avoid foods and drinks that are known to cause stains. And you should know that smoking and using tobacco products can also cause yellow teeth. You can also visit our dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.

Perhaps the best way to whiten your teeth in Austin, Texas, would be to visit Dr. William G. Kaylakie for teeth whitening treatments. We would love to help you get a smile you’d be proud to share once again.