Post Date:
September 6, 2018
Categories:
Oral Care Tips
Tags:
Oral Care, Teeth Whitening
Don't Believe These Teeth Whitening Myths

Teeth whitening is a pretty popular procedure these days, and many Americans flock to dental offices to get their pearly whites sparkling. 

Even more Americans swamp drug and grocery stores for teeth bleaching products.

Still, myths abound when it comes to teeth whitening, and a lot of people believe them. These myths can make it hard for us to figure out which teeth whitening treatment or procedure actually works. And more importantly, these myths can prevent us from knowing which ones are safe, and which ones pose a risk to our oral health. 

So here are some of those teeth whitening myths which you shouldn’t blindly believe.

Myth #1: Teeth Whitening Hurts

We know that some dental services can bring a little pain, but it is rare for teeth whitening procedures to be painful. Rest assure that you should feel little to no discomfort.

Myth #2: Baking Soda Is The Best

Although baking soda has its merits, continuous use can cause damage to your teeth’s enamel, and potentially disrupt the good to bad bacteria ratio in your mouth.

Myth #3: Whitened Teeth Last Forever

Unless you define “forever” as two years, no, sparkling whites often last forever. The whiteness can begin to wane about two to three months after the procedure. Also, take

Myth #4: Tooth Whitening Damages Enamel

As long as a dental professional handles the teeth whitening, rest assure the process will do little to harm your enamel coating it. Dentists open the pores of the teeth and use a cleaning agent to wipe stains from the inner structure, and are specially trained to do so.

Myth #5: Rubbing Fruit Can Whiten Your Teeth

Fruits like strawberries and lemons contain acids, which can eat away at your teeth’s protective coating, and cause damage to your tooth enamel. Please refrain from taking this route to whitening your teeth.

Myth #6: Teeth Whitening Makes Your Teeth Blindingly White

You can probably blame this myth from that episode of Friends, where Ross showed up for a date with teeth so white they lit up like a lamp in the dark. So no need to fret here, no matter how white your teeth get after a teeth whitening procedure, they will never be as bright as Ross Geller’s. =)

Myth #7: All Teeth Whitening Gels Are Created Equal

Professional whitening gels are usually much stronger than at-home whitening gels, as the former contains more hydrogen peroxide (or carbamide peroxide), often the primary ingredient that makes your teeth whiter.

Myth #8: Charcoal Paste Whitens Teeth

Unfortunately, to this day there has been little to no substantial evidence that this works. So if you’re looking to mix up a paste of activated charcoal and water, you need to know that you’re likely subjecting your teeth to the abrasive effects of the paste, which could lead to tooth sensitivity and damage.

Overall

These are just some of the teeth whitening myths that you should probably ignore. If you’re interested in whitening your teeth or maintaining bleached teeth, do your research and consult your dentist for the best available options. And be sure to use a Brushee during the day to prevent stains from setting in the first place.

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