Teeth Whitening Done Safely by Dr. Christine Sullivan


Summer is a fun and busy time of year with attending graduations, weddings, and family vacations. We all want to look our best, and having a brighter smile can help with that. The best natural ways to keep your teeth white are everyday healthy habits, including:

-Brush twice daily for two minutes

-Floss once daily

-Use a whitening toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance

-Don’t smoke or use tobacco

In recent years, there has been a push for more natural, home remedies to whiten teeth, but there is no evidence that shows using (products with) charcoal, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, or lemons are safe or effective for your teeth, according to the September 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.

In fact, using materials that are too abrasive on your teeth can actually make them look more yellow. Whitening products affect enamel, but if you’re using a rough or acidic scrub, it can wear down the enamel to the softer, yellower layer called dentin. Your best and safest bet to whiten your teeth is to ask your dentist what’s right for you. S/he may recommend chairside whitening or trays for use at home. As always, don’t forget to schedule your regular checkups and cleanings to keep your smile healthy.