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This Time Dr. Oz Got It Wrong

December 13, 2010

Filed under: Dental Health,Whitening — Tags: , , — dr_shetty @ 11:43 pm

I usually like watching like Dr. Oz and Oprah. I can always gleam some good advice or learn something new when they do shows on health and beauty. And in September, Dr. Oz had a really good article on dental health. But, I have to take issue with Dr. Oz’s recent blog on December 2, 2010. He wrote about natural dental remedies, and natural ways to whiten teeth. Unfortunately, most of this blog was not accurate.

We all know that fruits are good for you. But can raisins, apples and strawberries clean your teeth and make them white? NO, of course not. Dr. Oz suggested that since raisins can stimulate saliva flow (true) it ‘naturally’ washes away dental plaque. This is false; worse yet raisins are full of sticky sugars. Many fruits like raisins have this natural sticky sugar, and when combined with plaque, it sticks to teeth and causes cavities (the same way candy causes cavities). The blog goes on to say that chewing crunchy apples removes the excess food and bacteria in your mouth, and the malic acid in apples is like a whitening agent. Well, the truth is the best way to clean plaque, and sugars, is by mechanical means, like good old-fashioned brushing and flossing. And the malic acid?  In the small quantities found in a single apple, it won’t ‘whiten’ your teeth at all.

And strawberries? Well, the article suggested that the Vitamin C found in the berries would clear away plaque which would help whiten teeth. He also suggests that the astringent in strawberries effectively aids in the removal of surface stains. Again FALSE. Just eating the strawberry won’t do either. It simply is not true that ‘foods’ can clear plaque or remove surface stains. Remember, there is no magic paste, mouth rinse, fruit, or food that can remove plaque and stains.

Lastly, and most disturbing, is that Dr. Oz suggested using a slurry mix of baking soda and lemon juice on your teeth to whiten them. What? That is just crazy. The pH scales runs 0 to 14, with 0 being most acidic. Lemon juice is very acidic at pH2, the same as Coca-Cola! And baking soda? Yes, is it on the opposite end of the acid scale, being mildly basic and able to neutralize the lemon juice. (That is why it bubbles when both are mixed together.) But baking soda is very abrasive. So combine an acid with an abrasive material, and you get the perfect material to destroy enamel. Imagine doing this over and over again over time and the enamel will erode, 100% sure of that.

Sorry Dr. Oz, the very idea that a celebrity like you would suggest a DESTRUCTIVE method to “whiten” your teeth in an effort to save a few hundred dollars ( the cost of professional, effective, and SAFE whitening) is mind-blowing to me. Proven methods of whitening teeth, when done as instructed, will not hurt enamel.

I know there are many people who want natural remedies for everyday ailments, and many of those work fine. But this is one area that there is no alternative. To find out more just click the link “Teeth Whitening”, or ask a dentist near you.

Summer Is Here And Everyone Wants White Teeth

June 23, 2010

Filed under: Specials,Uncategorized — Tags: , — dr_shetty @ 9:19 pm

Have you heard about our “Bleach and Beach” Special?

Summer is time for graduations, weddings, family reunions, and college preparations. We have found that this is one of our busiest times of the year for patients wanting to improve their pearly whites.

We know the summer season is short, so why waste 14 days trying to bleaching your teeth with over the counter product? With our options, you can have white teeth in as little as 1 to 5 days! And when you do Zoom Whitening or a Full Take Home Whitening procedure with us, we will give you a great Beach Bag full of goodies.

We have a few different options for whitening teeth. Our Zoom In-Office procedure only takes 2 hours, and can be done during one of our convenient early morning or late afternoon appointments. For an At Home procedure,we offer the Ultradent TresWhite system in 2 varieties. The gel system works in custom bleaching trays, and the 36% formula works super fast! Ultradent also has a TresWhite Trays system that is similar to ‘Crest Strips’ but with a better formulation to adapt better, work faster, and get your teeth whiter sooner.

And for any patient that does whitening through our office, you automatically join our White for Life program to help you maintain the bright, healthy teeth you have achieved. With White for Life, we will GIVE you touch up gel yearly as long as you remain an established patient! What could be better than that?

But HURRY, the Beach Bag give-away won’t last all summer! Call us to make your appointment now!

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