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Everyone wants whiter teeth. A bright, white smile indicates a clean and healthy mouth, and is just more appealing for others to look at. And of course, it can really help your self-esteem. But, what’s the best way to put that gleam in your grin?

Take a quick walk down the aisles of your local supermarket, drug store big-box chain store. You will see rows of toothpastes, gels, rinses, strips and other products designed to help your smile shine. But, not every product is right or every person, and not every product does what it is advertised to do. Before you start using a new toothpaste or product, it is a good idea to talk with your dentist.

Some people don’t mount the search for a brilliant smile in a store at all. In the pursuit of all-natural whitening people have tried a mixture of crushed strawberries and baking soda. While that might help cut down on the plaque, it won’t put the white back in your pearly whites, or not-so-whites in this case. Oil pulling, which involves swishing coconut or some other plant oil in your mouth does not cause any problems, but on the other hand, there is no evidence that has any benefits. And then there are those who scrub their teeth with activated charcoal powder. Charcoal is abrasive, and you could run the risk of harming your tooth enamel.

When all is said and done, if you are interested in whitening your teeth, the best thing to do is to make an appointment to see Dr. Sandy Pape at Isle Smile. Our dentist can administer a chairside whitening treatment, and provide you with a kit to take home to continue your treatments on your own. If you live in the Key West. Florida area and are thinking about whitening your teeth, or if you are just looking for a family dentist, we would love to see you. To make an appointment, call 305-684-8536.