The internet gives us access to all kinds of information. The problem is that it’s easy to find false, mistaken, and sometimes intentionally misleading information.
Unfortunately, what we would like to be true isn’t always the case. No exercise will target fat around a particular body part. Exercising does not mean you can eat anything you want if you are trying to lose weight.
And using turmeric is not a good way to whiten your smile. This is just one of the many teeth whitening myths we have seen online or heard from patients, who were surprised when they didn’t work.
At 1st In Smiles, we do offer some excellent teeth whitening options for our patients in and around Plano, TX. If you are truly interested in having “pearly whites,” then call 972-380-8105 to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.
Teeth Whitening Myths
You want a bright, healthy-looking, stain-free teeth. This makes your smile look nicer, and it can boost your confidence in social and professional situations. We get it.
Seeing what looks like a fast and simple solution seems like great news. Yet, there are many of these myths available about ways to whiten teeth. The best guideline to follow is that if it seems too good to be true, then it probably isn’t.
Myths about spices, like turmeric, being good for whitening teeth have been around for a long time. While spices and oils can add to the flavor of your meals, you should not expect them to make your teeth whiter.
To think about this another way, something that would stain your shirt or your tablecloth will more likely stain your teeth, too.
As the American Dental Association has pointed out, some of these online teeth whitening myths can be harmful to your smile.
Eating fruit is a healthy decision for your diet. Many fruits also contain acids. Exposing your teeth to those acids for an extended period of time can damage your enamel (the outer layer of your teeth).
Scrubs, such as charcoal or baking soda pastes, can be abrasive. Rubbing these are your teeth can wear down your enamel. Over time, this can weaken your teeth and cause them to appear yellower. The reason your teeth can look yellower is the abrasive scrubs can expose dentin, which is the layer of your teeth below your enamel.
The Safer Way to Whiten
If you want to make your teeth look whiter, your first step should be to talk to a dentist, like our own Dr. Rick Barfield. He can examine your teeth to help determine the best approach for you.
For many patients, professional teeth whitening is an excellent solution. We offer both in-office whitening and take-home whitening kits to help you remove deep stains from your smile. If you choose either of these, be sure to ask about our “Whitening For Life” program as well.
If you have other issues with your teeth, dental veneers may be a better option than whitening. Veneers are like shells that cover your teeth. They can be shaded to be as bright and white as you would like them to be.