Everyone wants whiter teeth, but not everyone knows how to get them. There’s a lot of false information out there and whacky ideas – It’s time to clear some of them up!
Holford Partners Curaden is a London-based dental practice whose reputation for high standards and personal attention to detail has seen them voted by The Parliamentary Review 2019 as the Best Practice and Dentistry Sector Leader. Here, they reveal 5 teeth whitening myths and why they’re wrong.
- Lemon juice – there may be some people who tell you that lemon juice will whiten your teeth. Don’t listen to them. Lemon is one of the most acidic substances there is and will only damage your teeth if you rub it in.
- Baking soda – baking soda is an active bleaching agent that works by oxidising the stains present on your teeth enamel, but using it every day will damage your teeth.
- Charcoal – charcoal does not whiten your teeth, despite what some might say, but it DOES remove surface stains.
- Banana skins – rubbing banana peels onto your teeth may be considered a natural alternative to some but it actually does more harm than good due to the sugars in fruit.
- Oil pulling – oil pulling supposedly removes stains, leading to whiter teeth. Although many claim the health benefits, there is no scientific research that confirms how effective it is in whitening teeth.
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