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TikToker shares a dentist-approved hack to whiten teeth with baking soda, cucumber and KIWI

A TikToker has shared a “magical” teeth whitening hack that only requires a kiwi, a cucumber and baking soda – and a dentist insists it really works.

Armen Adamjan, who goes by the username @creative_explained on TikTok, has shared his “magical” teeth whitening hack at least twice on the app – and it’s earned hundreds of thousands of views for the tip.

Adamjan explains how a simple blend of three ingredients can naturally whiten teeth at a fraction of the cost of expensive whitening strips.

TikToker Armen Adamjan shared his ‘magical’ teeth whitening app and got hundreds of thousands of views

The ingredients are surprising and include cucumber and kiwi

The ingredients are surprising and include cucumber and kiwi

He mixes cucumber and kiwi slices, crushes them and adds baking soda

He mixes cucumber and kiwi slices, crushes them and adds baking soda

He mixes cucumber and kiwi slices, crushes them and adds baking soda

How “magical”! How to whiten teeth with KIWI

Ingredients:

  • Kiwi
  • Cucumber
  • Baking soda

Method:

Mash two slices of kiwi and two slices of cucumber in a bowl. Add a pinch of baking soda and mix.

Apply the mixture to your toothbrush and brush your teeth with it.

Repeat twice a week.

“Kiwis are packed with calcium, and cucumbers kill all the bad bacteria that builds up in your mouth, giving you whiter teeth,” he explains in a video.

“If you want to whiten your teeth without using these whitening strips, try this,” he continues.

‘Take a bowl, add kiwi. Add some cucumber. Crush it,” he said.

He demonstrates by throwing two cucumber slices and two kiwi slices into a bowl and crushing them with a pestle.

“Add some baking soda,” he continues. ‘To mix together. That’s it!

“Put it on your toothbrush and brush your teeth with it, twice a week,” he says, demonstrating. “It tastes like kiwi!”

“Don’t buy those expensive teeth whitening strips,” he warns in another video. ‘Just use cucumber and kiwi. It’s magic!’

Many creators have shared tips for getting whiter teeth with cheaper natural products, but not all of them work.

Still, dentist Dr. Joseph Field, DDS, told Bustle that this combination will definitely make teeth a little whiter — but no one should expect staggering results.

Baking soda is abrasive and is already found in many whitening toothpastes, while kiwi and cucumber both contain acids that can dissolve and remove surface stains.

Baking soda is abrasive and is already found in many whitening toothpastes, while kiwi and cucumber both contain acids that can dissolve and remove surface stains.

Dentist Dr. Joseph Field, DDS, told Bustle that this combination will definitely make teeth look a bit whiter, though users shouldn't expect a drastic change.

Dentist Dr. Joseph Field, DDS, told Bustle that this combination will definitely make teeth look a bit whiter, though users shouldn’t expect a drastic change.

Adamjan says to brush your teeth with the mixture twice a week, while the dentist says to do it for ten days in a row then once or twice a month for maintenance

Adamjan says to brush your teeth with the mixture twice a week, while the dentist says to do it for ten days in a row then once or twice a month for maintenance

“The kiwi, cucumber, and baking soda combo does a good job of removing stains from your teeth, making them look whiter,” he says.

Baking soda is abrasive and is already found in many whitening toothpastes, while kiwi and cucumber both contain acids that can dissolve and remove surface stains.

“You must be careful not to use it too often as it may cause [your tooth] enamel to erode,” Dr. Field added, suggesting people apply the mixture once a day for ten consecutive days.

After that, you can use it once or twice a month for maintenance.

Of course, not every beauty, skincare, or dental hack found on social media is effective or even safe, and it’s always advisable to consult a doctor before trying anything new.

In fact, in 2020, a teeth-whitening TikTok trend was called “extremely harmful by dentists.”

Leading dentists have warned of potential beauty

Leading dentists have warned of potentially ‘extremely harmful’ beauty treatments in which teenagers are whitening their own teeth with hydrogen peroxide

Users in the United States and United Kingdom have started buying hydrogen peroxide – one of the active bleaching agents used in over-the-counter and professional teeth whitening products – and applying the chemical directly on their teeth for a brighter smile.

Among them was Claudia, 18, from Essex, whose video of the process racked up nearly 3 million views on the video-sharing platform. The teenager bought a £4 bottle of hydrogen peroxide on eBay and used a cotton swab to apply the liquid directly to her teeth for up to a minute.

The bottle contained 3% hydrogen peroxide, which is 30 times the amount allowed in over-the-counter and regulated teeth whitening products online.

However, Claudia seemed oblivious to the potential risks, saying in her video’s voiceover, “If you’re a dentist, don’t tell me it’s wrong, spare me the heartache, the damage has already been done.”

She then pointed out that some American teeth whitening products use up to 14% hydrogen peroxide in their products, and insisted that she did not encourage any other user to use the same method as her. .

Another user, an American named Amanda, told her followers that she often rinses her mouth with the product to keep her teeth white.

Pictured are Claudia's teeth before she used the chemical

Pictured are Claudia's teeth after using the chemical

The user advised others to use the chemical for 30 seconds to a minute in order to change the color of their teeth

Another user, an American named Amanda, told her followers that she often rinses her mouth with the product to keep her teeth white.

Another user, an American named Amanda, told her followers that she often rinses her mouth with the product to keep her teeth white.

Dental experts have warned that using undiluted hydrogen peroxide in high concentrations in this manner poses a significant risk to long-term oral health. The substance can cause serious damage to the gums, which can eventually lead to tooth loss, as well as damage to tooth enamel and sensitivity.

Dr Reena Wadia, founder of London gum clinic RW Perio, explained: “Professional teeth whitening systems use a custom-made ‘tray’ that keeps the hydrogen peroxide gel in contact with the teeth and prevents it from coming into contact with the gum tissue.

“This is important because if the gel touches the gums, it can lead to gum irritation, inflammation and pain.”

Serious gum problems can even lead to tooth loss.

She continued: “Gums and bones hold your teeth in place, so there’s no point in having white teeth if they start to loosen, change position and eventually fall out.

“Professional teeth whitening involves the supervision of a dental professional who can oversee the entire process.

“This allows you to achieve the best whitening result while ensuring that no harm is done.”