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Hailed as the cheap and organic alternative to teeth whitening, fruit concoctions have arisen as the new way to get those pearly whites. But is there any truth to all these claims?
A study at the University of Iowa points to no. Associate Professor So Ran Kwon tested homemade strawberry-baking soda mix, over the counter remedies, and professional whitening or prescribed whitening products. What he found was that “the only benefit of the DIY method is while it seems to make your teeth look whiter, they look whiter because you’re just removing plaque.” The fruit blends don’t penetrate into the teeth and remove stain molecules, they whiten only superficially. Professional treatments whiten from the inside out—which is what we really want. All the other procedures tested (professional whitening, whitening strips, and prescribed treatments) all had discernable effects on the whiteness of the teeth.
So why don’t strawberries or other fruits work? It’s all about chemistry. These fruits don’t contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, both active ingredients in teeth whitening products as regulated by the ADA. Apples and lemons? They don’t work either. And in fact, the acidity present in these fruits could be harmful to your teeth. Kwon’s study showed that the strawberry-baking soda mix reduced the surface hardness of the teeth by up to 10%.
The study was published in the dental journal, Operative Dentistry. You can read more about the details of the study here.
Brushing your teeth is a seemingly simple part of your daily routine. However, even if you’re a conscious brusher, doing any of the following things could be causing your teeth more harm than help. Multitasking While Brushing Are you one of those people who checks their emails or scrolls through social media while brushing? If […]
Your smile is your best chance at making a great first impression. It’s the first thing people see, and it can be the key to opening a conversation, making a new friend, or even brightening someone’s day. So, if oral health issues are keeping your smile hidden, it’s time to do something about it! Here […]
Human nature usually leads us to jump to conclusions. We get really nervous when we find a new lump, bump, or mole on our body, because we know it doesn’t belong and it wasn’t there before. However, if you’ve found a soft swelling in the mouth, it could simply be a mucocele, which is a […]
You might be tempted to wait until you get a new toothbrush at your next dental cleaning to switch toothbrushes, but if you knew what could be lurking in the brush, you might want to consider switching brushes more often. E. Coli: Most people keep their toothbrushes in their bathroom, a room that in all […]
Kissing has its hazards and its helps, yet romantic implications aside, how is our oral health affected? First, the bad news: Kissing, like any physical interaction, can spread viruses or germs if one party is infected. If you have blisters such as cold sores, open cuts, bleeding gums, or any other open wounds in or […]
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