2 Dangerous Home Teeth Whitening Methods You Should Avoid

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In your quest for a brighter, whiter smile, you may have decided that you would like to try some natural, at-home remedies to get the job done. However, just because these methods are natural, this does not mean that they are safe. Below is more information on two home teeth whitening methods you should avoid because they dangerous to your dental health.

Rubbing Lemon Juice on Your Teeth

One method of whitening your teeth at home involves rubbing lemon juice on the surface and leaving it on your enamel. The concept behind this remedy is that the citric acid will not only break down tartar and plaque, but it will also bleach your teeth until they are vibrant white.

However, the citric acid in lemon juice can cause extreme damage to your enamel. Because of the high acidity of the juice, using this whitening method repeatedly can strip your teeth of minerals and cause erosion of your enamel. As a result, your teeth will become more sensitive and weaker, making them more prone to breakage and cavities.

Brushing Your Teeth with Activated Charcoal

Another up-and-coming home whitening method for your teeth that has gained media attention involves brushing them with activated charcoal. The premise behind using charcoal as a whitener stems from the material's ability to pull toxins from the teeth. Therefore, any stains, bacteria, and tartar are pulled away right along with the harmful substances. 

The person who started this trend reports that since hospitals use it for poison victims, it is safe and effective for use as a whitener. However, this claim is far from the truth.

While it is true that activated charcoal is used to help absorb toxins and poisons in the human body and can save someone's life, it is not meant to be used on a person's teeth as a whitener. Along with the toxins on the surface of the enamel, the charcoal also pulls out moisture and minerals. 

After using this method over a period of time, your teeth would become highly sensitive and extremely brittle. Eventually, you may experience cracks or even have a piece of your tooth break off.

Although it may seem easy and natural to whiten your teeth at home, some remedies out there could actually destroy your teeth. If you want your teeth whitened correctly without causing damage, make an appointment with your cosmetic dentist to discuss professional options that are safer and healthier for your teeth.


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Getting Your Toddler to the Dentist Once and For All

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