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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.
A scarred or scratched cornea is a condition that necessitates immediate treatment, and it could potentially lead to permanent vision loss. As of now, the options to treat this scarring include donor corneas replacing the damaged one, or donor tissues to try and regenerate the impaired tissue. However, teeth may provide another option! Recent findings […]
November is National Diabetes Month, a time where America focuses directly on the disease that affects over 29 million Americans. According to the American Diabetes Association, that’s about 9.3% of the entire population. Diabetes, in its simplest form, is a disease that affects your body’s ability to process sugar. No, not the sugar you find […]
You may not realize it, but your mouth is probably trying to tell you something pretty serious after you turn thirty. Past the age of thirty, you have a fifty percent chance of suffering from some form of gum disease. If you are experiencing chronic bad breath, bleeding gums while brushing, bleeding or sore gums […]
If you are contemplating getting dentures, then there are a lot of things that you need to know. While pricing, fit, and care instructions are all important things to keep in mind when researching dentures, one thing you may not have considered is the material of the dentures themselves. This is important not only because […]
It’s no secret that sugary drinks present a serious risk to oral health. There is a well-documented link between consumption of sugary beverages and tooth decay. Sugar combines with bacteria in the mouth to form acid, which attacks tooth enamel, thus weakening the teeth. With today’s meteoric rise in the consumption of sugar-laden beverages, experts […]
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