5 Myths About Teeth Whitening

A gleaming white smile is a common desire for everyone, which is why teeth whitening is one of the most popular and requested for dental procedures. Myths abound when it comes to the Dos and Don’ts, so let us get down to debunking them for you.

Myth 1: Teeth whitening products can damage or harm your enamel

Myth 2: Acidic fruits will help you whiten your teeth

Myth 3: Brushing with baking soda or salt will make your teeth whiter

Myth 4: Professional teeth whitening removes all stains

Myth 5: Teeth whitening just needs to be done once

 


Myth 1: Teeth whitening products can damage or harm your enamel

In all fairness, certain teeth whitening products that are bought over the counter may cause damage to your enamel, especially if you do not follow the usage guidelines. It is thus important to read reviews and do your due diligence before using these products. White Glo has been the leading teeth whitening product brand in Australia for 20 years. All products undergo rigorous testing and are thus safe to use, with zero cause for concern for your tooth enamel.

 

Myth 2: Acidic fruits will help you whiten your teeth

A popular teeth whitening home remedy approach states that you can make your teeth brighter and whiter with naturally acidic fruits such as oranges, lemons and apples. This theory is made on the basis that these fruits contain substances like malic acid or citric acid, which can whiten your teeth.

Don’t worry, fruits are healthy and still a great food choice. However, they contain acid which endangers your teeth when there is prolonged contact. Attempting to scrub or rub your pearly whites with fruits will wear away your enamel, causing the surface hardness of your teeth to decrease. Enamel is important as it protects you from tooth sensitivity and cavities.  

 

Myth 3: Brushing with baking soda or salt will make your teeth whiter

In a similar vein as the previous myth, the notion that brushing with baking soda or salt leads to a brighter whiter smile is scarily common. This fallacy is based on the notion that these things are mild abrasives that will scrub away pesky surface stains on teeth. This may had been valid decades ago, before toothpaste was available commercially. Today, there are better options available.

In actual fact, excessive exposure of teeth to baking soda or salt will cause your enamel to be worn down over time, leading to an increased risk of cavities, sensitive gums and nerve damage. Baking soda and salt are both abrasive, and they could remove stains from your teeth, in the sense that you could lighten your floors by sanding them down. It would work, but eventually the surface of your entire floor would be sanded away.  

 

Myth 4: Professional teeth whitening removes all stains

Professional teeth whitening procedures are often marketed as the best and lasting way to remove stains and discolorations. At that price point, it is something everyone wishes to believe. The harsh truth is that there are certain stains that no amount of whitening treatment can eliminate. As we age, our teeth enamel wears thin, causing the naturally yellow dentin layer to be more visible. No amount of professional teeth whitening procedures will be able to make them whiter.

 

Myth 5: Teeth whitening just needs to be done once

Teeth whitening is a long-term ongoing process, there’s no magic bullet. Professional dental treatments may last a few years, and will eventually require additional treatments and follow-up visits. Lifestyle habits such as smoking, drinking coffee and red wine will also affect your teeth. White Glo’s toothpastes and activated charcoal powder are gradual whitening products that need to be used daily for at least two weeks before you can start to see the difference.

 

In the age of internet, it is easy to be swamped by old wives’ tales, hearsay and contradictory content. Information is power, especially when it comes to something as crucial as your teeth health and oral hygiene. Teeth whitening can be done at home safely and effectively, as long as you use the correct products. We hope this post helped to debunk some myths about teeth whitening.

White Glo has a wide range of products tailored to meet every need. From our Pure & Natural Whitening Toothpaste to Charcoal Deep Stain Remover + Sensitive Relief Toothpaste to Coffee & Tea Drinkers’ Toothpaste, there is a product to fit every lifestyle. Browse our full range at www.whiteglo.sg and drop us a message if you need any help.