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Beware of DIY Teeth Whitening Methods

man looking out windowThe old saying “you get what you pay for” is certainly true when it comes to DIY teeth whitening methods. While it may be tempting to try these to save money, you could end up damaging your teeth, which will lead to costly treatments.

Be cautious with over-the-counter treatments or with whitening hacks from social media videos. You should always speak with your dentist about DIY treatments on your teeth, so you can understand the risks.

Common DIY Methods We Hear About

Here are some common teeth whitening approaches we hear about and the risks. To be clear, we definitely do not recommend these options!

Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

Baking soda has abrasive properties that can help remove surface stains, but also remove enamel, which protects teeth. Once you wear down your enamel, it is gone.

Hydrogen peroxide is bleach, a toxic chemical. You probably have come across it in laundry detergents or stain removers for clothes. Contact with or inhalation of hydrogen peroxide can cause irritation to the skin or respiratory tract.


Like baking soda, charcoal is mildly abrasive and can remove enamel. Charcoal is believed to absorb surface stains, but there is no evidence it has any effect on stains below a tooth’s enamel, or that it has a natural whitening effect. Watch out, as charcoal can stain the tiles in your house, your linens, etc.

4 Ways to Achieve a Brighter, Whiter Smile

  • Keep your teeth healthy.
  • Brush and floss regularly.
  • Visit the dentist every 6 months. The checkup and clean we provide will help lift any surface stains safely, so they don’t set under enamel.
  • Avoid staining foods like coffee, tea, red wine, berries, and other dark foods. If you do have staining foods, alternate sips/bites with water to rinse off any materials left on your teeth.

Book an Appointment

Skip the DIY whitening methods and opt for professional teeth whitening instead. Call (07) 5473 5117 today to schedule an appointment!

* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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