Is it safe to whiten our teeth at home?
Some of the most commonly recommended products may be ineffective and sometimes even dangerous for our teeth.
Here are the top 4 most frequently used natural remedies:
- Baking soda. Although this is typically the first product that many people would come up with, it is not recommended as a long-term whitening option, as it is too aggressive and can damage the tooth enamel – this can in turn make your teeth appear even darker.
- Sugar-free gum, especially brands that contain xylitol. Chewing gum can prevent plaque and xylitol neutralises the pH levels in oral cavities. Another benefit of chewing gum is the fact that it boosts saliva production – the best natural prevention against dental problems.
- Lemon and vinegar. Similar to baking soda, the acids in these products could be harmful to tooth enamel. Although they can be effective for whitening in the short term, it is risky to use them on a regular basis.
- Crunchy foods – apples, carrots and celery could serve as a natural tooth brush and remove plaque from the tooth surface, whilst not being so abrasive as to cause any damage.
In summary, if you are really concerned about your teeth and the look of your smile, the best thing to do is book a consultation with a specialist at Perfect Smile and discuss teeth whitening options with a professional.