Picture this, you just watched a Tik Tok of a woman rubbing her teeth with an orange peel saying her teeth are whiter. You think to yourself, is this for real or just a false new trend? Let's dive in to find out.
- Orange Peels for whiter teeth
Orange peels is a newer trend on social media for whiter teeth. This is due to the chemical D-limonene in the peel that has been suggested for whiter teeth. However, research has shown that there is not much effect with removing stains. The “whitening” effect of orange peel is from the citric acid in the orange removing a part of the enamel (white part of tooth) leading to a whiter smile. The downside is this can lead to sensitivity over time.
- Coconut Oil Pulling
This is a remedy where it removes plaque and bacteria from the mouth leading to whiter teeth. The reason it causes “whiter” teeth is it reduces the yellow plaque in your mouth. This also leads to a healthier mouth overall. However, research is lacking in that oil pulling causes white teeth.
- Baking soda
Baking soda is a mild abrasive leading to whiter teeth. The baking soda scrubs the yellow stain away leading to a whiter smile. It also contains properties that prevent bacteria growth leading to a healthier mouth. However, too much abrasive can lead to sensitivity and loss of enamel.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is the product used for the bleaching agent in professional whitening products, however they are at a much higher concentration than can be purchased at the store. Hydrogen peroxide naturally kills bacteria; however, research is lacking whether swishing with hydrogen peroxide whitens teeth
- Fruits and Vegetables
Eating fruits and vegetables is known for removing plaque while keeping teeth healthy. The properties of fruits and vegetables allow for keeping teeth healthy, with a bonus of being good for your health in general.
- See your dentist.
Seeing your dentist allows for your hygienist to clean and polish your teeth removing stain. This allows them to remove any build up and plaque, which is naturally yellow to be removed leading to a whiter smile.
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