Having teeth whitened is the most common cosmetic procedure dental patients request. After all, dazzling white teeth are more attractive than teeth stained yellow over time by food and drinks. But did you know that the quest for whiter teeth has been going on for centuries? Here are some interesting ways people have tried to whiten teeth over the years.
As long as 4,000 years ago, beauty enthusiasts in Egypt ground pumice stones and mixed them with vinegar to make an ancient whitening toothpaste. Some people still believe in rinsing with white vinegar or apple cider vinegar in an attempt to whiten teeth. There may be some stain fighting properties to vinegar, but acid is also known to break down tooth enamel.
Ancient Romans had a different way of whitening their teeth. Smithsonian.org reports that they actually brushed their teeth with urine. The ammonia in urine was effective at removing stains and killing bacteria; however, it is a generally disgusting idea to most people today.
Some people report that they have successfully whitened their teeth with a mixture of ground up strawberries and baking soda. This mixture isn't toxic, but is somewhat abrasive to your teeth. Talk to your dentist about the risks involved in this technique.
There is some evidence that rinsing your mouth with coconut oil for 20 minutes each day can help whiten teeth and fight gum disease. Health.com reports that this treatment may have some benefits, but it is quite a commitment.
Hydrogen peroxide is part of many whitening procedures you can have done in dental offices. Many people also try brushing with hydrogen peroxide at home by mixing the hydrogen peroxide with baking soda. Like other acids, hydrogen peroxide does work for whitening teeth. However, it can also irritate gums, damage tooth enamel and be dangerous if swallowed.
Having a dental professional provide a hydrogen peroxide based whitening treatment is safer than doing it yourself because a dentist uses gels and other protective substances to keep the acid from damaging other parts of the mouth. A dental professional is also able to monitor the mouth and look for signs that damage is occurring.
Humans have tried many different ways to brighten their teeth, but many of them involve harmful chemicals that can do more damage than good. If you are looking for a whiter smile, start your journey by consulting a dentist. A professional with expertise in teeth can point you to the safest and most effective way to get the results you want.Share