Do Natural Products Work?
First impressions are extremely important and we at Colony Square Dental Associates understand when the need arises to enhance your smile. However, many individuals may try to brighten at home before visiting their oral healthcare provider. Drs. Hochberg and Diora are here to research the latest DIY crazes and offer their expertise on which products are safe for your enamel and effective to whiten your teeth.
Among the newest trends is an oxidized charcoal powder. It is advertised to be used as a paste. This involves brushing for approximately two minutes prior to rinsing. Although it has grabbed attention online by way of social media, the American Dental Association has currently not approved any charcoal teeth whitening products. In fact, many dentists are warning that using this method may lead to both enamel deterioration and tooth erosion, as it is comprised of a harsh abrasive material. As your enamel cannot replenish itself, once lost it must be covered with a restoration by your dentist.
Another trend that many people are trying is “coconut oil pulling.” This entails involves gently swishing 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil in your mouth, and in-between your teeth, for approximately 10-20 minutes, and while making certain not to swallow any of the oil. However, not only is this process very time consuming, there is no reliable scientific proof that shows it is effective in brightening or whitening teeth. The best rule of thumb for oils is to save them for your dinner table.
If whitening is a priority for your ideal smile we have suggestions for keeping a bright and white smile at home.
> Brush your teeth twice daily for approximately two minutes
> Use a whitening toothpaste that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance
> Clean interproximally at least once daily with a proxy brush or dental floss
> Limit foods and drinks that may stain your teeth or drink them sparingly through a straw
> Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings
Remember a white smile is attainable. Both Dr. Hochberg and Dr. Diora are happy to discuss the many tooth whitening treatment options and determine which method is best for you. From our in-office ZOOM! ® Whitening procedure, to bleaching a single tooth internally, there are many beneficial ways to approach a whiter smile. Please give us a call and we’d be happy to schedule a consultation for you.
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