As long as human beings with teeth have existed, there has been tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth staining. Over time, our amazing brains have come up with so many remarkable innovations to deal with these issues, though dental health and cosmetic dentistry are consistently seeing improvements. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures that dentists get asked about in modern times. When did this start? Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, would like to challenge you to a true-or-false quiz on the history of teeth whitening.
Q1. TRUE OR FALSE – Ancient Egyptians whitened their teeth.
Q2. TRUE OR FALSE – Ancient Romans utilized urine to whiten teeth.
Q3. TRUE OR FALSE – Whole foods such as strawberries, burned toast, and soybeans have been used as folk remedies for many years.
Q4. TRUE OR FALSE – Your Farmington Hills dentist does not offer teeth whitening.
A1. TRUE – Historians have traced teeth whitening powder back to the 4th century A.D. An Egyptian document shows a recipe for “white and perfect teeth” comprised of mint, rock salt, pepper, and dried iris flowers. The ingredients were ground together and then rubbed onto teeth with a stick.
A2. TRUE – According to Roman records, a blend of urine and goat’s milk was a common recipe for teeth whitening for a time. As odd (and disgusting) as this might sound, urine does contain a high concentration of ammonia, which is a proven whitening agent.
A3. FALSE – Whole foods such as fresh strawberries and burned toast were popular home remedies, though their actual potency is not much, if any. However, soybeans have no known whitening properties.
A4. FALSE – Dr. Askari offers a number of teeth whitening options for patients. We can fit you with customized whitening trays and send you home in with professional grade bleaching gel so you can control your own whitening. We also offer the Zoom! In-Office Whitening System which benefits patients with long term whitening in under an hour. KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching system goes even further, often successfully correcting certain types of stains that normally don’t respond to classic whitening techniques.
Teeth Whitening from Farmington Hills Dentist
Interested in how whitening systems can enhance your smile? Call our 48335 dentist office at (248) 474-6434 to schedule an appointment with your Farmington Hills dentist today. We serve patients from Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Farmington Hills, and the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods.