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Posted on 2/20/2019 by Dick Hikade, DDS
|People are increasingly turning to alternative medicines and DIY preparations to avoid using pharmaceuticals.
It is true that many pharmaceutical products have side effects that can sound frightening, but the side effects that you see scrolling on your television screen are the ones that have been recorded, frequently in less than 3 percent of the people who have used it. Legally, however, they are required to inform the consumer.
This often leads people to herbal preparations that they make themselves or over-the-counter solutions they can purchase. Yes, there are many alternative medicines that can be used for dental issues and many of them are ADA approved. This is typically for toothpaste and mouth rinses. But if you do it yourself, you should do a lot of research first, particularly for tooth whitening.
Is Lemon Juice Safe?
Tooth whitening involves many considerations even if we are going to perform the procedure. We have to ensure there is no tooth decay and that there is no gum disease. These conditions must be corrected before we can proceed. The same is true if you do it yourself, but you can't prepare your teeth properly. In addition, there really are no safe do it yourself teeth whitening methods, though there are many suggestions floating around. One of those is lemon juice.
Lemon juice is a highly acidic fruit. Though many times you may notice your teeth look a little whiter after eating fruits like apples and strawberries, they have different acids than lemon juice. These acids are what make our teeth look a little whiter. However, none of the acids are recommended to whiten your teeth since it can do more harm than good.
Lemon juice is high in citric acid. The high citric acid content causes your teeth to actually lose calcium. Rather than brighten your teeth it gives them an off-white color. Putting it directly on your teeth immediately begins the damage. Contact us for information on safe, alternative whitening solutions for your teeth and gums.