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If you’re like thousands of other Americans, you’re seeking a way to brighten your smile. You may have heard of some do-it-yourself methods and want to know if they really work. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Scott Ellard Dentistry is here to offer you research-tested information on the effectiveness of three of the most common home remedies:

The Fruit Method: Some sources may claim that you can make your teeth whiter making a concoction using citrus-based products such as lemons, oranges or apple cider vinegar, fruits that contain digestive enzymes like pineapples or mangoes, and baking soda. In reality, this method can be dangerous for your teeth; the acid present in these products can actually wear away your tooth enamel.

Charcoal and Baking Soda Toothpaste: These informants suggest that brushing your teeth with ingredients such as charcoal or baking soda-hydrogen peroxide combinations will brighten your teeth. The American Dental Association reports that there is no evidence to back up these claims. In fact, you may just be scrubbing away your tooth enamel to reveal the yellow layer underneath, dentin.

Oils and Spices: According to some, swishing oils such as coconut oil or treatments containing turmeric can act as a form of DIY bleaching. There is no evidence to show that this works.

So now you know that these products are not effective, what do you do to whiten your teeth? Try ADA approved whitening toothpaste, rinses or strips to start. If you’re looking for the fastest and most effective option and you live near Portage Michigan, Dr. Scott Ellard can offer you a professional teeth whitening. Just call us at 269-329-1880. We’re here to make you smile.