Home Dental Remedies That Are Actually Harmful

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Whether you’re a big fan of DIY projects or you’re simply looking to save when it comes to your dental care, you may find yourself surfing the web to find home remedies. Be careful what you decide to try though because some methods could end up not just being ineffective, but actually harmful to your teeth. Here are some current fads that you might want to reconsider trying:

Lemon Juice

Some people combine lemon juice with baking soda to create a teeth whitening paste. The problem is that lemon juice is highly acidic. You might feel like you see a change in your tooth shade, but what you might not notice immediately is the lemon juice wearing your enamel, which can cause tooth sensitivity.

Charcoal

Recently, there’s been a lot of buzz about charcoal in beauty products. People have even taken to using it to whiten their teeth. The first concern is whether people are using the correct type of charcoal or not. There is activated charcoal and non-activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is the oxidized version while non-activated charcoal is potentially toxic. In any case, charcoal is abrasive meaning it can cause enamel erosion.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an ingredient in many teeth whitening products, so some people attempt to go straight to the source and use it as a whitening rinse. Regular or incorrect use of hydrogen peroxide can damage your gums.

If you are interested in whitening your teeth, it’s safer to go the professional route so a dentist can monitor the health of your teeth and gums the whole way. At McNeely Family Dentistry, we have two whitening options available: custom trays and one-visit whitening. We can help you decide what’s right for your needs!

If you simply have more questions about what is or isn’t good for your teeth, feel free to give our office a call or shoot us an email. We’d be happy to give you our recommendations!

McNeely Family Dentistry is here to help your smile stay healthy!