Six DIY Whitening Tips That Ruin Your teeth
Q: Is there anything I can do out of the dental office to whiten my teeth?
A: Sometimes the internet comes up with some Doosey’s when it comes to DIY tips (DIY means: Do-It-Yourself, for the acronymically challenged). The other day I got a text from my son: “TTYLIAEAPOBCFWF”. I asked him “what the heck does that mean?” He replied: “Talk to you later. I am eating a piece of breaded cod from Whole Foods.”
Avoid doing these stupid things to whiten your teeth:
- Brushing with Activated Charcoal: Way too abrasive! Like sandblasting the original paint off of my 66 Chevelle SS.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Huge in the wait-loss hoopla trend, but too acidic and will cause enamel erosion much like a bulimic would suffer from. The Ph of vinegar used to clean your grout is between lemons and battery acid. Not cool.
- Brushing with Baking Soda and Lemon Juice: this combo is too rough for teeth and can wear away gum tissue and tooth enamel, leaving an awful gritty texture. These items do not have fluoride which is a must.
- Hot Water and Lemon: This will make your enamel porous and lead to MORE staining.
- Hydrogen Peroxide: Holistic folks say: “No big deal, it’s just made of hydrogen and water.” Peroxide is H2O2 not H2O. Big difference on the molecular level. Trust me I had a “C” in French, but straight A’s in organic chemistry. This will damage your gums and kill off the good bacteria, allowing the bad ones like funguses to take over.
- Oil Pulling: Rinsing with coconut oil. Zero evidence that has shown this do anything other than make you smell like suntan lotion.
So what is the best way to whiten?
See your dentist and ask for an in-office power bleaching with Go-White Pro.
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry with an emphasis on implants, porcelain veneers, and complex crown and bridge treatment. He is on staff at JFK Medical Center and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.