We don’t have to tell you that those teeth whitening strips, paint-on gels, and take-home trays are loaded with chemicals. Sure, they may rid your teeth of the red wine and coffee stains, but the quick chemical fix can take its toll on your teeth.
“Over-the counter bleaching agents and in-office whiteners use concentrated peroxide which denatures and dehydrates enamel,” says New York City holistic dentist Dr. Lewis Gross, DDS. “If the user has receded gums, the exposed root tubules are stripped of their protective coating making the teeth extremely cold sensitive and prone to future root canal.”
Some even so-called “natural” whiteners can erode enamel and set your teeth up for sensitivity. So we reached out to holistic dentists to find out the best natural whiteners and the ones to avoid (hint: apple cider vinegar is on the naughty list.)
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