Growing up in the early 90′s the latest craze was getting high from banana peels (also debunked btw!) Over the years bananas have been used for various tasks. Demonstrating how to put on condoms, chimp bait, and explosives amongst them.
So, when I was sent a message currently circulating social media (thanks Lucy ) regarding bananas and their ability to whiten teeth I was intrigued. It sounded like bunkum but; bananas, they can do anything, right?
I did a bit of research and it appears that the post is a regular on Pintrest (which, naturally, swings me towards thinking it’s nonsense) and although there are lots of articles around the interwebnets espousing the benefits of bananas for tooth whitening they are not quite the kinds of sites we look to to find the truth about things. Also they appear to be referencing each other (dubious). So we moved onto the science of it.
It appears that potassium nitrate, although present in tooth whitening products is in fact added (along with fluoride) to, ” help reduce tooth sensitivity side effects.” Chandler. The whitening agent in the products being carbamide peroxide. A 2001 paper by the Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto confirms this.
After I conducted all this deep, lengthy, scientific research I found an article by Sarah Jio on Glamour.com who tested it herself and debunked it so I shouldn’t have bothered!
Oh, also have a butchers hook at this Website for laser tooth whitening, it’s one of at least four that use this image – recognise the smile? (Bet you thought I’d missed that!)
We’re calling this one debunked!