About 82.5% of people said they saw a major difference after getting their teeth whitened by a dentist. However, people will often try different at-home remedies to make their teeth whiter. If that means brushing your teeth more often and avoiding black coffee, that's great! However, a dentist from Washington is warning that a popular DIY teeth whitening cure may be more harm than help.
Dr. Larry Kuhl from Delta Dental of Washington says that many people are using charcoal to make their teeth crisp and white. He says that charcoal has been around for many years, but has recently made its way into the beauty market. Body washes, soaps, facial cleansers, and plenty of other beauty products now include charcoal, which can be a great ingredient when used correctly.
Charcoal scrubs and toothpaste promise to rid your teeth of built-up stains from red wine, tea, and coffee. Dr. Kuhl says that yes, charcoal may whiten your teeth, but only temporarily. He also says that applying charcoal to your teeth is risky as it can cause the enamel to wear off over time.
Dr. Kulh suggests that anyone looking to try this treatment at home should consult their dentist prior to application. For those who have been using charcoal as a teeth whitener for a while now, Dr. Kulh warns they should stop what they're doing and reach out to an actual dentist for further approval.
Along with charcoal, essential oils are fast becoming another popular home remedy for oral health. Millions of people now use essential oils every day for household needs, dietary needs, and now, even oral health needs.
The concept of using essential oils to help your teeth is simple. Take a few drops and add it to your toothpaste. Essential oils are said to help with inflammation of the gums, decrease plaque build-up, relieve bad breath, and even improve blood flow. You're supposed to take the toothpaste and oil mixture and get to brushing.
Of course, your mileage with these home remedies will vary, and dentists can't guarantee that this DIY treatment is safe. However, Dr. Kulh does note that even though he can't say for sure, he does see some potential benefits from mixing essential oils with toothpaste.
Dr. Kuhl spoke with Q13 Fox about the potential benefits of using essential oils for oral health.
He says, “You have the mint which is an essential oil and that would control the bacteria of bad breath. It could also help control some of the bacteria in the plaque which helps produce decay and periodontal disease,” Dr. Kuhl said.
That being said, cosmetic procedures are usually performed in the safety of a doctor's office or medspa for a reason. If you're attempting a DIY teeth whitening procedure, proceed with caution.