DIY Teeth Whitening Quiz from Lake Forest, IL Dentist

The traditionally known methods of whitening in our American culture involve chemical compounds that can lighten teeth in clinically tested ways. Even with systems in place, some over-the-counter methods are not guaranteed to be harm-free. Whitening on your own can also be dangerous if you have existing decay or gum disease. These things will ideally be attended to before you expose your mouth to bleaching agents. When in doubt, it’s best to stick with the professional help of your Lake Forest IL dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, to ensure safe and effective teeth whitening. However, just for fun, try this quiz about some fairly innocuous do-it-yourself whitening methods.


Q1. True or false –A great way to whiten teeth is with fruit peels.

Q2. True or false – Teeth can be whitened by swishing various oils around in your mouth for 20 minutes when you first wake up every morning.

Q3. True or false – Strawberries stain your teeth as opposed to whitening them.


A1. TRUE – Just be sure you’re only using the peel of citrus fruits. The flesh is far too acidic to be safe for extended exposure to your teeth. The rinds of oranges, limes, lemons, and bananas have shown to provide a slight temporary whitening to patients who have tried them. You should use the inner part of the peel if you want to hope for any results.

A2. TRUE – This process is known as oil pulling. Swishing around a tablespoon of coconut, sesame, olive, vegetable, or any oil in your mouth for 20 minutes a day may possibly make teeth whiter. Oil pulling is also thought to pull toxins out from your mouth making your teeth, gums, and overall health better.

A3. FALSE – Strawberries mashed into a paste with baking soda may brighten up your teeth a hue or two. Unfortunately, there is malic acid in the red berries that can damage your tooth enamel.

Talk to Your Lake Forest, IL Dentist about Teeth Whitening

To schedule a consultation and learn if teeth whitening is right for you, contact your Lake Forest, IL dentist . You can reach our dental office by calling (847) 234-0517. Dr. Fondriest is proud to provide general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services to patients from Lake Forest and the North Shore suburbs near Chicago.

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