Are Lemons a Good Teeth Whitening Agent?
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I keep reading on some natural medicine sites that lemons are a great way to whiten your teeth. Have you heard about this working? They’ve mentioned using the essential oils as well as the peels for the lemons.
I have read similar things, but I am going to STRONGLY recommend against you trying this. Will lemon brighten your teeth? Yes, because it contains both bacteria fighting properties as well as citric acid. While fighting bacteria is great. The citric acid will eat away at your dental enamel. Once you lose enamel there is no getting it back.
What Effect Will Losing Enamel Have on Your Teeth?
The first thing you will notice is a darker color on your teeth. Yes, they will brighten at first, but with the loss of enamel, you will quickly start picking up stains. Your enamel is a major part of protecting your from teeth stains. The second issue will be an increased risk for decay. With thinning enamel, you will notice more cavities.
What is the Safest Way to Whiten Your Teeth?
It is important to know the different types of teeth stains and how you can avoid them. There are two major types: Intrinsic and Extrinsic. Intrinsic stains come from within your tooth. Some examples of how this can happen is thinning enamel, which allows the dentin to show through. A dead tooth that has turned gray, or even medications that can stain your teeth. Extrinsic stains are more from lifestyle choices. there are staining beverages, such as soda, coffee, tea, wine, and juice. People who smoke will have a lot of stains on their teeth, as well. Some foods are staining and even some spices, such as curry. Additionally, aging is another way to pick up stains on your teeth.
One of the best ways to fight stains is to get regular check up and cleanings. However, once the teeth are stained, just cleanings alone will not get rid of them. In that case, your best option will be to have professional teeth whitening done. A dentist can whiten your teeth all while protecting your enamel as well as your gums.
This blog is brought to you by Arnold, MD Dentist Dr. Meredith Esposito.