What are Healthy and Natural Teeth Whiteners?

Posted on: April 2, 2018

Search the web for natural teeth whiteners and you will be inundated with all sorts of alleged solutions. The rising interest in natural teeth whiteners is partially due to the fact that traditional teeth whitening methods like strips, trays and gels contain chemicals.  There is somewhat of a society-wide push-back against chemicals in general.

Below, we take a look at some allegedly healthy and natural teeth whiteners, explain how they can work and help readers determine if these are worth a try.

About Natural Teeth Whiteners

Natural teeth whiteners are just that – natural.  These products do not have chemicals, bleaching agents or other unnatural substances.  Those who favor natural teeth whiteners tend to be highly critical of the concentrated peroxide in conventional teeth whiteners that dehydrate tooth enamel. If the individual in question has receded gums, then it will compromise the exposed portion of the protective coating on the root tubules.

If this occurs, the teeth will become sensitive to the cold and likely require a root canal. Though there is plenty of hype around natural teeth whiteners, some of these alleged solutions have the potential to erode tooth enamel.  If tooth enamel erodes, the teeth will prove that much more sensitive. So do not assume an allegedly harmless natural teeth cleaner such as apple cider vinegar will whiten your teeth.

Something like apple cider vinegar puts the integrity of your teeth in jeopardy as it is incredibly acidic.  Acid is a direct threat to tooth enamel. While apple cider really can eliminate some tooth staining, it is simply not worth the risk.

Is Baking Soda a Healthy and Natural Teeth Whitener?

Combine a teaspoon of baking soda with turmeric to form a paste.  This paste should be used once per day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.  The combination of baking soda and turmeric will eliminate built-up stains and plaque.  The alkalizing action of the baking soda will restore the natural pH balance of the mouth to ward off additional discoloration.  However, baking soda is abrasive to the teeth so it can cause considerable damage with regular use.

Coconut Oil Pulling

Coconut oil is natural, healthy and somewhat effective at beautifying the teeth. Oil pulling involves placing a spoonful of coconut oil in the mouth and swishing it between the teeth for 5-15 minutes.  Alternatively, coconut oil can be added directly to the toothbrush and brushed onto the teeth.

What About Natural Teeth Whitening Tablets?

The market now features allegedly all-natural teeth whitening tablets that are supposedly healthy.  As an example, Alka-White Mouthwash is a tablet comprised of baking soda, spices, essential oils and coconut oil.  This version is certainly natural yet not all varieties are.

Do not assume a teeth whitening product is truly all-natural or effective just because it is advertised as so.  Consult with your dentist prior to using any new teeth whitening product to ensure it is safe and likely to produce meaningful results.

Please call Roy Dental: Paramita Roy DDS today at (650) 200-1178!


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