As cosmetic dentists, teeth whitening is a core service we offer and it has to be one of our most popular. We carry out hundreds of tooth whitening procedures each year and are more than happy to continue doing so. But did you know there are things you can do to help keep your teeth whiter?
Aside from your usual oral health routine, there are a few natural products that have tooth whitening properties. All could help keep your teeth whiter for longer.
Coconut oil is getting a lot of positive press right now and for good reason. New studies are showing a range of health benefits from the product, one of which is its tooth whitening properties. Used like a mouthwash the antibacterial properties of the oil is thought to fight bacteria that causes tooth decay.
Baking soda is often an ingredient in over the counter tooth whitening products. Used occasionally alongside a good quality toothpaste, it helps keep teeth white. It is an abrasive, so you have to be careful how and how often you use it. Ask your dentist for more information if you plan to use it.
Orange and banana peel
Orange and banana peel contains potassium, magnesium and other minerals that are good for your teeth. Gently rubbing the inside of the peel against your teeth is thought to transfer those minerals to the teeth. As long as you are also eating the fruit, you will certainly gain some kind of health benefit!
Turmeric is a spice linked with a range of positive health benefits. It is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, hepatoprotective, immunostimulant and various other things but it is also linked to whiter teeth. Add a tiny amount to your toothbrush alongside a good toothpaste and brush as normal.
Activated Charcoal was once used as an alternative to toothpaste in some cultures but used as a complementary product, activated charcoal capsules collect impurities and debris from your teeth to help keep them cleaner. Just remember to rinse your mouth well afterwards!
None of these products are a replacement for a good cleaning regimen and regular visits to your dentist. What they are is a viable extra step you can take to help keep your teeth whiter for longer.
For tooth whitening and other complementary dental services, contact Aesthetic Family Dentistry today at 973-627-3617 to schedule a consultation.