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Have you heard about the latest breakthrough in teeth whitening? Someone started a fruity rumor that you can whiten your teeth several shades by rubbing the inside of a banana peel on your teeth for 2 minutes each day for a couple weeks. The claim is that the minerals in the banana peel (such as potassium, magnesium and manganese) are absorbed by the teeth, making them whiter. This is just more evidence that you always have to be skeptical about what you read on the Internet.

Let’s set this silliness straight right now. There is absolutely NO evidence, other than anecdotal claims by holistic bloggers, that banana peel whitening works. The American Dental Association (ADA), which is the industry leader in dental health information, knows nothing about it and has not offered an opinion on the subject. Countering positive reports are those who say they have tried it and saw no difference in the whiteness of their teeth—including a few that say they are dental professionals and do not support the claim. To be fair, you cannot blindly believe anything on the Internet at face value, even those who claim they are professionals.

What we do know for sure is this: Fruits are healthy to eat, but contain acids and sugars that need to be quickly rinsed from the mouth because, left to sit, they are harmful to dental health. The best way to whiten teeth is to regularly brush twice a day, don’t smoke, and keep away from food and drink that stain teeth such as coffee, tea, brown sodas, etc. With age, teeth will naturally yellow a few shades. So, if you want to take a more aggressive approach to whiten them you can try various over-the-counter products like whitening toothpaste, whitening strips and gels. Although, these may require some time and multiple applications before you see results. Additionally, your dentist can give you a professional tooth whitening treatment with immediate results the same-day.

If you would like more information about tooth whitening procedures, call Dr. Gemma Dalton and our helpful team at 817-571-1667. Make an appointment or come by our office in Bedford, Texas.