Everyone wants whiter teeth, but not everyone knows how to get them. There’s a lot of false information out there and wacky ideas – it’s time to clear some of them up!

Here, Dr Joe Oliver reveals 5 teeth whitening myths and why they’re wrong:

1: Lemon juice – there may be some people who tell you that lemon juice will whiten your teeth. Don’t listen to them. Lemon is one of the most acidic substances there is and will only damage your teeth if you rub it in.

2: Baking soda – baking soda is an active bleaching agent that works by oxidising the stains present on your teeth enamel, but using it every day will damage your teeth.

3: Charcoal – we’ve all seen the videos on Instagram touting the so-called benefits of ‘Activated Charcoal.’ But be warned – charcoal does not whiten your teeth, despite what some might say; but it DOES remove surface stains which really is only a short term solution.

Activated charcoal products only remove surface stains, they don’t actually whiten your teeth.

4: Banana skins – rubbing banana peels onto your teeth may be considered a natural alternative to some but it actually does more harm than good due to the sugars in fruit.

5: Oil pulling– oil pulling supposedly removes stains, leading to whiter teeth. Although many claim the health benefits, there is no scientific research that confirms how effective it is in whitening teeth.  Stick to professional services for scientifically proven results!

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Dr Joe Oliver, Cosmetic Dentist

Dr Oliver has worked for over 25 years specialising in cosmetic dentistry and has fitted in excess of 30,000 veneers. He started in an established cosmetic dental group where he became Clinical Director, teaching other dentists the latest techniques and the art of cosmetic dentistry. Dr Oliver is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and is the founder of the UK study body, Cosmetic Dental Seminars. These internationally recognised bodies are dedicated to the advancement of cosmetic dentistry and encourage high standards to be obtained ethically and responsibly by its members. Dr Oliver is also the co founder and Director of Education of Cosmetic Dental Seminars, the UK study body dedicated to providing state of the art courses, lectures and workshops in cosmetic dentistry. Dr Oliver's treatments have been widely featured on television, including on GM-TV, This Morning and Channel 4's Ten Years Younger. Numerous articles have also been written in the national press praising Dr Oliver's work including The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The London Evening Standard, as well as articles in the glossy magazines Marie Claire, Vogue, Brides, FHM, Men's Health, Closer, OK to name just a few.