I tried whitening my teeth with a banana peel

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Are bananas a delicious và nutritious on-the-go snack? Mmm, actually yes. But does a banana peel whiten your teeth? Hmm, that warrants a deeper dive. It’s better lớn be accurate than trendy when it comes lớn oral health.

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What Is Banana Peel Teeth Whitening?

First off, there’s no doubting the nutritional value bananas provide, according khổng lồ the National Nutrient Database from the United States Department of Agriculture. Your typical banana contains:

422 mg of potassium 32 mg of magnesium 3 grams of fiber

It’s a banana’s high mineral value that has some saying the peel can be great for whitening. The word on the web is you rub the inside of the peel on your teeth before or after brushing for a few minutes và whiter pearly whites in a few weeks.


Does Banana Peel Teeth Whitening Work?

Now the validity of this trend is purely based on anecdotal evidence. You may have seen it posted, shared, or blogged. But when it comes khổng lồ removing stains from teeth, there aren’t any scientific studies that are tagging or liking banana peels for the job.

While the American Dental Association (ADA) isn’t saying banana peels are the right tool for teeth whitening — they’re also not saying they are. What they are saying, however, is that other types of fruits (strawberries, orange peels, lemons) won’t give you positive results when you try to whiten your teeth with them. Healthy — sure. Whitening — nope. Their high acid content can hurt your teeth & not help them. Our apologies to banana believers everywhere.

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Teeth Whitening Alternatives

Fortunately, you can eat your banana and get your whitening too. There are a few options lớn whiten your teeth effectively:

Maintain an everyday oral care routine, which includes brushing your teeth twice a day, according khổng lồ the ADA Brush with a whitening toothpaste

There are pluses & minuses per option, so it’s best to lớn discuss them with your dentist to lớn find the right choice for you.

The pros for bananas — plentiful. The pros for banana peels to lớn whiten your teeth — unreliable. So keep the fruit in your diet, the peel in the trash, và the whitening discussion with your dentist ongoing.


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This article is intended to lớn promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended khổng lồ be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.