Posted .

There is no shortage of ways to get a whiter smile. If you take a walk up and down the dental aisle of your local grocery, drug or box store, you will see that the shelves are lined with no end of kits, gels, and strips, all of which claim to give you white teeth and a gleaming grin. And then there are toothpaste and mouthwashes that have ingredients that are formulated to give you dazzling teeth. And then there are the home remedies. There are a few out there, and they are unique.

One such remedy is known as oil pulling. Oil pulling is a very old practice and involves placing coconut oil in your mouth and swirling it around. Those who believe that oil pulling works claim that it is beneficial for your mouth and teeth and can lead to a whiter smile. However, the ADA has concluded that while there is nothing wrong with doing it, the practice has not been shown to any positive benefits. Other people tout brushing your teeth with activated charcoal to get whiter teeth. The concern professionals have with this technique is that charcoal contains abrasives which can damage your tooth enamel. Some believe that by crushing strawberries and mixing them with charcoal you can have a beautiful smile. But so far it has been shown that white the mixture can remove some plaque, it has not had a whitening effect.

For the best whitening treatment, talk to our dentist, Dr. James Stanford about an in-office whitening treatment. A treatment by your dentist, which uses a peroxide gel to break up the stains on your teeth is safe, and effective. If you would like a brighter smile, and you live in the city, state, area, call 636-256-3559 today to schedule an appointment at Stanford Dental.