Teeth whitening how to do it naturally

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From wedding dresses to recipes and beyond, anyone can post or “pin” ideas they have to lớn the popular website Pinterest—including health tips.But if some of the do-it-yourself teeth whitening advice you see there seems too good to be true, it’s likely because it is. UR Medicine dental expert Dr. Hans Malmstrom explains why some of the tips may have negative consequences.

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Pinterest Tip: To whiten teeth, use a mouth guard with 2 parts baking soda to 1 part hydrogen peroxide, 10 minutes daily for 2 weeks.

Dr. Malmstrom: It’s not a good idea to use a mouth guard for whitening that’s not specifically fitted for your mouth by a dentist because the hydrogen peroxide could irritate your gums. If your gums are recessed và the hydrogen peroxide touches an exposed tooth root surface, this can also cause a problem.

Another potential issue can be the amount of hydrogen peroxide used. The concentration approved as safe & effective by the FDA & ADA for tooth whitening (10 percent Carbamide Peroxide) is similar lớn 3.6 percent hydrogen peroxide. Since it would be extremely difficult to lớn mix the amount of hydrogen peroxide accurately when you’re using it at home, it’s not a good idea to lớn try this whitening method.

Pinterest Tip: Wet your toothbrush & then dip it in 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder. Brush teeth as normal but, instead of rinsing when you’re done, allow the turmeric to sit on your teeth for 3 khổng lồ 5 minutes. Spit và rinse thoroughly then follow with a second brushing using your regular toothpaste.

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Dr. Malmstrom: There are many studies showing how turmeric is good for you internally, but there are no studies showing turmeric to lớn be an effective tooth whitener. I would not recommend any method that hasn’t already been proven to lớn work, as we have safe & effective techniques that have been researched.

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Pinterest Tip: Make coconut oil toothpaste by mixing 1 part coconut oil with 1 part baking soda. địa chỉ 3 lớn 5 drops of food-grade essential oils to lớn flavor to your taste. Allow your paste lớn cool và set.

Dr. Malmstrom: The baking soda in this tip may have some impact on whitening your teeth but there are no studies showing if coconut oil works as a tooth whitener. If you’re going to vì tooth whitening at home, you’re better off using an over-the-counter hàng hóa rather than a DIY technique.

Pinterest Tip: Mix 3 teaspoons of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Use a Q-tip or cotton ball và gently swab teeth. After 30 seconds, rinse and brush teeth.

Dr. Malmstrom: Lemon juice is acidic, & even whitening gels are not good if they’re acidic because you can remove the superficial layer of the tooth structure. Most whitening gels are all neutral with a PH of 7 because you want khổng lồ minimize the acidic effect on your teeth so it doesn’t impact the enamel layer. While this method may have a positive effect because of the baking soda, it’s not recommended khổng lồ use an acidic on the tooth first as it may erode some of the enamel. This is similar to the effect cola or sports drinks have on teeth because they are also highly acidic.

Other Tooth Whitening Advice

Before you vị any bleaching, even with over-the-counter products, you should have your teeth checked by your dentist for any tooth problems, such as cavities or cracks, which could cause the pulp khổng lồ become irritated during whitening.Whitening toothpaste is not very effective for whitening. You have to lớn use it for a long time lớn see even the slightest effect.The best way khổng lồ bleach your teeth is at home with a lower-concentration hydrogen peroxide gel, as recommended by your dentist & used in mouth guards custom made by your dentist. The cấp độ of whitening achieved in an hour and a half of bleaching done by a dentist at the office can take up to lớn two weeks with home bleaching, but there are fewer side effects and you have the opportunity to lớn continue whitening until you are satisfied with the shade. Later on if you wish lớn “touch up” your teeth with more whitening, you would only need khổng lồ buy more whitening gel.

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Hans Malmstrom, DDS, a professor of Dentistry at Eastman Institute for Oral Health, heads the General Dentistry clinic at Eastman Dental.