PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 27, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- People try all different techniques to get their teeth whiter, and dentists like Dr. Sherri Worth
often perform whitening procedures in their office. While having a professional whiten one's teeth is very effective, many people are also looking for ways that they can keep up this appearance between visits. Some do-it-yourself (DIY) strategies are more effective than others, but some are actually harmful to the teeth. A recent article
in Money Talks News reveals some insight into DIY techniques and tips for safer at-home care.
Having white teeth is important to many people. According to The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists, people spend an estimated $2.75 billion every year on whitening and other vanity procedures. Not only can people have these procedures done professionally, but stores are filled with take-home treatments including toothpastes, gels, whitening strips and more. But do these DIY options really work?
Whitening toothpastes are something that people commonly invest in, however, some are too abrasive and can actually damage the enamel on teeth. It is the abrasiveness that removes stains and makes teeth look whiter, but it can harm the protective enamel that covers teeth. People should take caution to ensure that the toothpaste they are buying is not too abrasive. Even a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice is not necessarily the best option because the acidity of the lemon can become damaging.
Using a paste made of baking soda and water can prove helpful, however. Baking soda carefully polishes teeth, leaving them looking brighter, and also has the added benefit of fighting bad breath. It is not that expensive and has multiple uses aside from just whitening teeth. People can use it for cleaning throughout their home. Because it is still an abrasive, MDHealth cautions people not to use it more than twice a week.
Strawberries are another natural whitener. Whether they are eaten plain, rubbed onto teeth, or made into a paste, they can help to leave teeth looking brighter. New York dentist Adina Carrel recommends mixing crushed strawberries with baking soda, brushing it onto teeth, and then rinsing after five minutes. Following up with a good brushing can help remove excess paste and strawberry seeds. Similar to using plain baking soda, people should do this no more than once a week.
There are certain foods such as red wine, dark teas, cola, beets, and tomato sauce that are known to discolor teeth. Avoiding these foods can help keep teeth looking brighter, but brushing after eating them can help as well. Eating celery, apples, pears, and carrots can help to naturally clean teeth. They stimulate the mouth to produce more saliva, which in turn cleans teeth, removes food particles, and neutralizes acid.
Dr. Sherri Worth adds some additional strategies as well. "These over-the-counter options are good," she shares, "but there are some at-home tips that can help to keep the teeth brighter. Drinking coffee through a straw can help to keep the dark stains of coffee off of your front teeth. Also, brushing or rinsing after you drink coffee, tea, or red wine will help keep the smile bright. Flossing daily also helps keep the staining off between the teeth. Apples tend to cleanse the teeth during the day and keep them bright." Dr. Sherri Worth encourages people to check with their dentist before beginning any whitening routines.
Dr. Sherri Worth
is passionate about giving patients a smile they are proud of. As a cosmetic and reconstructive dentist, she offers many options for not only improving the aesthetic appeal of the smile, but also improving dental health. She has worked with contestants on the reality show, "The Swan," and participated in interviews featured on a wide variety of programs. She owns her own private practice that focuses on aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry, dental implants, and general dentistry. Her skill and experience have helped to transform countless lives.