Best Ways to Protecting Your Teeth

Sharing for a healthy society.

Electric Toothbrush: This powered device can be good for people with disabilities or seniors whose hands and fingers are stiff, but the old-school version works just as well. Either kind can do what your mouth needs. The gadgets that use jets of water to clean bits of food between your teeth can be good, too.

Chewable Toothbrush

This is kind of a cross between a toothbrush and gum. It has little bristles that rub against your teeth and gums as you chew. When you finish, you spit it out. Researchers have found that these can help clean your teeth, and they may be especially good for kids and seniors whose fingers and hands have a hard time handling a toothbrush.

Whitening Products

One kind of over-the-counter whitener uses peroxide (on strips or brushed onto your teeth) to bleach your teeth. The other is toothpaste that uses gentle friction and chemicals to go after surface stains. They can work fairly well for some people, but your best bet may be to start with treatment by your dentist, then follow up with one of these at home.

Oil Pulling

The idea here is to put a spoonful of coconut oil, olive oil, or some other edible oil in your mouth, then slosh it around and suck it between your teeth. It’s been done for centuries in India and South Asia, but there’s no scientific evidence that it fights cavities, whitens your teeth, or boosts your oral health in any way.


This spice is a key ingredient in curry powder. Folk medicine from South Asia has long used it to ease breathing problems, pain, and other ailments. You may have heard that turmeric also can whiten your teeth, but there’s no proof that it does that.


Toothpaste and powders that promise to whiten your teeth using this have been around for a long time, and sellers on the Internet have brought them back into the spotlight. But there’s no evidence that it does anything for your teeth, or that it’s even safe to use that way. More research needs to be done to know for sure, but charcoal may hurt your teeth by scraping them.

Fruit or Vinegar

Some home methods of teeth whitening have you start with something that has acids (like lemon juice or apple cider vinegar) or fruit with chemicals that help with digestion (like pineapple or mango).

You mix that with something abrasive, like baking soda, and brush with it. In short, don’t. If the acid in fruit or vinegar rubs against your teeth, it can eat away at the enamel 🙂 🙂

Sharing for a healthy society.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *