Rochester Orthodontist Dr. Collins Busts Three Huge Dental Myths
You see the commercials all the time...for products that'll magically make your teeth whiter. Just turn on the light, scrub with charcoal, or whatever. Do they work? We got in touch with the recent Townie Award Winner, Dr. Collins from Collins Orthodontics to find out.
Whitening lights, charcoal toothpaste...banana peels and spices...do these work to whiten your teeth?
Dr. Collins - A great question...with tooth whitening lights. I see those all over the place. It's actually not whitening lights that are really whitening the teeth. It's the hydrogen peroxide within the gel and the light is just an activator of some sort.
Charcoal toothpaste is one of those things. People kind of misinterpret what it's actually being used for. I think a lot of people it's going to whiten your teeth. Actually, it's just removing a stain layer. And when overused, we see people actually wear down the enamel on their teeth.
Uh, so we see a lot of that kind of stuff. And then we see some wild things on there. People are putting spices in their mouth, they're doing banana peels.
I'm just gonna go ahead and say...don't bother with spices and banana peels. But don't take my word for it, hit play.
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