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Everyone wants whiter teeth, and just like any cosmetic or medical condition, there is no shortage of ways to brighten your smile. Just take a walk down the aisles of any grocery or drug store or retail outlet and you will see plenty of kits, stips, gels, toothpastes and rinses designed to give you a gleaming set of teeth. And, there are plenty of home remedies as well. But do they work?

In recent years, some people have promoted using a mixture of strawberries of baking soda to whiten your teeth. And to be fair, experiments have found that the treatment can remove the plaque and residue from your teeth but does not whiten them. Other people suggest brushing with charcoal to restore the white to your smile. So far, there has been no data on how well charcoal works, and whether or not there are any adverse health effects. What’s more, the abrasives in the charcoal could damage your tooth enamel?

What about oil pulling? Oil pulling is the practice of swishing coconut oil in your mouth. Studies have shown that there is nothing dangerous with oil pulling. On the other hand, it has not been shown to have any benefits, either.

To get a set of clean teeth, you should brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day. You should also see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams, and avoid tobacco and foods and beverages that can stain your smile.

The best way to whiten your teeth is with an in-office treatment by Dr. Reeve Abraben at Lake City Family Dental Center, PA in Lake City, Florida. The treatment is safe and effective, and the doctor can give you kit to take home to keep your smile white after the treatment is done. If you would like to make an appointment to whiten your teeth, call 386.752.1342 today.