Do Teeth Whitening Home Remedies Really Work?

Teeth whitening – it is an amazing treatment designed to make your smile brighter and more youthful, ideal for teeth that have lost their sparkle and appear dull. Here in York, our expert dentists know exactly how to revive your teeth with an expert teeth whitening treatment. But what about home remedies? We’ll delve into them in today’s blog, so you know the best – and safest – way to brighten your smile.

What’s making my teeth yellow?

It could be diet-related, like drinking coffee or red wine. These can stain your teeth and leave them looking dark. Or, it could be ageing – where the enamel has worn away, revealing the underlying dentin (which has a yellow tint).

Does teeth whitening damage teeth?

Professional treatments carried out at a dental clinic such as ours in York, or prescribed by us, are safe to carry out on your smile. At-home kits bought on the internet, however, can be risky. Some people have damaged their teeth, by wearing away their tooth enamel, using these kinds of kits. Home remedies could also pose risks, but that’s why it’s important to use reputable sources when researching things to try, such as

What teeth whitening home remedies are there?

Apple cider vinegar in water – 2 teaspoons in 6 ounces of water makes an effective whitening mouthwash, but due to being acidic, only use it as a short-term treatment or speak to your dentist.

Fruit peel – banana, orange or lemon peel might whiten your smile if used for around two minutes, with orange peel considered the most effective. Again, being acidic, there is a possibility of enamel wear and sensitivity if used over a long period.

Charcoal – you could choose to brush your teeth with a charcoal capsule, or charcoal toothpaste. Take care not to brush too harshly, as it could have the reverse effect on your smile.

High-water fruits and vegetables – can help ‘cleanse’ teeth and gums and boost saliva production (which can ‘wash away’ harsh acids).

What else do I need to know?

Here are a few top tips:

  • Brush and floss twice a day for two minutes a time
  • Don’t smoke or use chewing tobacco
  • Limit sugar in your diet
  • Check your fluoride consumption

Do you offer teeth whitening?

Yes, we do, right here in York. Talk to our dentists today and we will arrange a consultation just for you.

Woman in dental chair smiling after whitening