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A 28-year-old male asked:

does banana peel whiten teeth?

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Dr. Matt Fulmer
Dentistry 15 years experience
No: Banana peel does not white teeth effectively or safely.
Dr. Zhiqiang Huang
Dentistry 13 years experience
NO: It is recommened to consult with your dentist for teeth whitening. There are many variations such as in-office whiteing with zoom lights or pure chemicals, in-home whiteing with trays or strips or the combination. Your dentist will evaluate and provide you the best option. Over-the-counter products are not suggested because each patient has different need and limitation for whitening.
Dr. Mike Deldar
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
No: I do not think so, and I do not suggest do in it specially if you are not sure they are clean and have been washed.
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
No: There is no peroxide in banana peel so it can't bleach your teeth.

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A 23-year-old male asked:

I heard that rubbing a banana peel on my teeth for 2 minutes will whiten them is that true?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Not really: If that were true, there would be no need for all of the whitening products on the drugstore shelves or the professional products available from your dentist. Everyone would just be rubbing banana peels on their teeth and have snow white smiles. You will need to use products designed to whiten teeth, after calculus and stains are removed.

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