When I was a freshman in college, I took a course called History of Medicine. For my first written assignment, I turned in a stellar term paper about some nerd from the 1500’s named William Harvey whose accomplishments included that he was skeptical towards witchcraft. So this paper was on point, had citations out the wazoo, and I even opted for the fancy-schmancy sounding “bibliography” over “works cited”. I even used a cool site called “Wikipedia” to help me out. Let’s just say I was shocked when my portly professor handed me my paper and I saw a note scrawled in red Sharpie : -5 pts. Wikipedia not a reliable source.

I’d say it’s a well-established fact now that while Wikipedia is great for looking up your favorite actor’s height (Steve Buscemi is 5’9), it should not be used as an absolute resource. So if we can call BS on Wikipedia, let’s also call it on Pinterest, The Misinformation Catalog of the 2010’s.

As someone who often swims upstream in a sea of crap advice from the Pinterest School of Dentistry, I am flabbergasted that some stuff actually gets pinned. Want to whiten your teeth to a shade of white that only certain birds can register? Try brushing your teeth with lemon, baking soda, charcoal powder, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, aluminum foil, and turmeric powder! Fix your cavities by rubbing the decay with minced garlic! Not only are these suggestions ludicrous but they’re widely propagated.

Sure, scrubbing your teeth with acid (lemons) and an abrasive (baking soda) might make your teeth look whiter–but what you’re actually doing is removing enamel… and that doesn’t grow back. Charcoal is still relatively new to the DIY teeth whitening scene and although the American Dental Association doesn’t have an official statement on it yet, a lot of dentists are cautioning that it could be too abrasive. As with the acid, once you roughen up that outer layer of enamel, you can actually be more susceptible to staining. The “turmeric toothpaste”? I beg your pardon? I once had Indian food after getting my front teeth crowned and this happened:

Y’all, I’m pretty sure everyone wants a whiter smile but sometimes you need to leave it in the hands of the professionals. Why risk ruining your teeth with DIY projects? Just because they call for natural ingredients doesn’t always mean they are the most effective or safe. What we strongly recommend is doing our in office/take home combo called KöR Whitening! (Fun fact, there’s a 6% chance this was developed by a band member from Mötley Crüe.)

If you want the nitty gritty on how this works, here’s the link to their website. If you want the short version, then stick around! Here are my #hotpoints:

In office: Get impressions for your custom whitening trays

In office: Come back 2 weeks later for your trays and bleaching gel swag bag

At home: Use your custom trays for 2 weeks

In office: Put up your feet and whiten your teeth with a Kör light for 2 hours

At cosmic bowling: Show off that smile under a black light. (Is that mustard on your shirt?)

At home: Use as needed for maintenance for as long as you want white teeth

I know the Pinterest posts for home dental care look amazing/cheap/whatever, but please keep in mind that you only get one set of teeth to last you your whole life. Your teeth are super specialized tools of alien nature–not some gunky bathtub you clean once every fiscal quarter, so why not treat them as such? If you have any questions about whitening or want to get scheduled, give us a call! You can also text us at 512-795-0128.

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