Dr. Oz & Teeth Whitening — DO NOT LISTEN!

Arrrrrrrrggggggggghhhhhhh!  I wish Dr. Oz would stick to what he knows, which is NOT how to whiten your teeth!

OK, how many of you watched his show in early December 2010, when he talked about “Dr. Oz’s secret remedy for whitening your teeth?”  Probably a lot of you, as his show is extremely popular.  Do you remember what he recommended using? Right……..Baking soda & lemon juice.  😡

Do NOT Whiten Your Teeth with Lemon Juice & Baking Soda!

Yeah sure, he did mention you should not leave it on there for long, and to gently brush afterwards, but PLEASE…..JUST SAY NO!

I apologize for “shouting” in all caps and so much bold text here, but this really is important.  Why?  For these 2 reasons:

  1. Baking soda is highly abrasive to enamel .  The toothpastes that contain it usually also contain some kind of buffer that decrease its direct action on teeth.  If you have already worn through your enamel by grinding/clenching your teeth, the baking soda will wear through the next layer of tooth structure, called “dentin” even faster.
  2. Lemon juice is extremely acidic.  As in, worse than Coke.

When you combine abrasiveness with acidity, you easily double the power of each, and you can do real damage to your teeth.

Professional teeth whitening gels, on the other hand, have actually been made with a carbamide peroxide, which will whiten the teeth, but which also breaks down quickly in saliva, and which does not change tooth structure except at extremely microscopic levels.  Nor does it change the acidity levels in your mouth; the more acidic your mouth, the more cavity-causing bacteria flourish.

So PLEASE — if you want to know about whitening your teeth, ask a DENTIST, not a cardio-thoracic surgeon.

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