ORAL HEALTH HACKS- AS seen On Social Media ( By Sherina Amin RDH) PART 2
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Claim: Contains malic acid which breaks down into enzymes that whitens teeth
Method: mash up strawberry and brush or rub on teeth for 2 minutes; alternatively mix 1 mashed strawberry and ½ teaspoon baking soda—brush on teeth and leave for 5 minutes, then brush with toothpaste afterwards
Reality: no evidence that this whitens teeth with or without baking soda
Claim: rub peel on teeth to whiten
Reality: no evidence it whitens; leaves more debris on teeth that needs to be brushed off
Claim: whitens teeth
Method: mix equal parts lemon juice with baking soda and rub/brush on teeth: rub lemon peel on teeth
Reality: no evidence that it whitens teeth; plenty of evidence that its high acidity damages teeth
Apple Cider Vinegar
Claim: kills oral bacteria; whitens teeth
Methods: rinse with full strength or diluted or as a 2:1 mixture of vinegar and baking soda; rubbed directly onto tooth stains; mixed with baking soda and brushed on;
Reality: may whiten teeth a bit but decreases micro-hardness and causes enamel erosion
Salt water rinses
Claim: an antimicrobial rinse
Reality: little scientific evidence, but we do know it promotes healing and decreases inflammation, infection, pain and mouth sores (to a certain extent)
- Not as effective as Listerine or chlorohexidine rinses for treating and preventing gingivitis
- no harm in using it, but may not be suitable for people with high blood pressure
Claim: has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties
Reality: no scientific evidence it whitens, but may have some benefit in treating gingivitis
These last few hacks really should show you that no everything you read or see on social media is true.
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