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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.
If you’re between 40-60 years old, you have unique concerns regarding your oral health. Here’s what you should be paying attention to. Gum Disease Gingivitis is the first and only stage of gum disease that is reversible. If not treated properly, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis—a serious, destructive disease. Some people with gum disease show […]
Parenthood is a challenge of its own, but having a teething baby presents a whole other set of difficulties. We know that oral health for your little one is important, so here is a guide for you to follow regarding your baby’s first set of teeth. Your child is born with their 20 primary teeth […]
While most people are familiar with common issues (such as dental carries or impacted wisdom teeth), there are some issues that are far less common and less known. Anodontia Anodontia (also known as Hypodontia) is a condition where some teeth never grow in place. Depending on how many teeth are missing, dentists either treat it […]
Itchy gums may sound like a strange symptom to have, but if you’ve ever experienced them, you know how annoying and uncomfortable they can be. What causes gums to itch, however, is a little less clear. We’ve rounded up the top 4 reasons you may be feeling that tingle near your teeth, and some actions […]
It turns out that a lot of us are liars. A recent survey found that more than a quarter of us admit to lying to our dentist about our flossing habits. We’ve all been there. We’ve all been in the chair, waiting for the doctor to come in while racking our brains, trying to determine […]
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