Dismantling the myths of non-professional tooth whitening

Nowadays, dental aesthetics are fundamental for many people. Getting a totally healthy and white dentition has become a necessity. In this sense, the state and color of our teeth play a prominent role in our self-esteem and way of dealing with our personal relationships.

This constant intention to wear teeth of a perfect color causes that, in some occasions, people use home remedies that can damage their teeth, since they look for the easiest solutions that, generally, are also the cheapest.

On the one hand, the color of our teeth can be damaged by various foods and habits: tobacco and coffee are the most widespread. In this regard, there is a mistaken belief in assuming that certain foods whiten our teeth. This is not really the case: dairy products, for example, are the foods most commonly related to the hue of the dentition, but, the reality is that this type of product helps favorably teething in terms of strength, but not in relation to its coloration.

The same applies to the widespread myth of fruits (such as apples) and certain citrus fruits (such as lemon). These food products do not have a bleaching effect. In fact, excessive consumption of products with a high acid content can have a negative effect on our dentition, since they are a direct cause of dental hypersensitivity.

On the other hand, the whitening function that is associated with certain toothpastes that are sold with this claim in numerous supermarkets is also not true. This type of toothpaste gives only shine and cleanliness, just like any other toothpaste not labeled as such. Even, in certain cases, it is these toothpastes that have a high degree of abrasiveness that damages the dentition (a fact that is not usually indicated on their packaging).

In Cool dent we always insist on the importance of avoiding any type of whitening that is not professional and is not supervised by an expert in this method , since the enamel does not recover once damaged and it is probable that all these random techniques cause damage in the same, triggering an oral problem.