A TikToker has shared a ‘magic’ hack for whitening teeth that requires just a kiwi, a cucumber, and some baking soda — and a dentist insists it really works.
Armen Adamjan, who goes by the username @creative_explained on TikTok, has shared his ‘magic’ teeth whitening hack at least twice on the app — and he’s earned hundreds of thousand of views of views for the tip.
Adamjan breaks down how a simple three-ingredient mixture can naturally whiten teeth at a fraction of the cost of pricey whitening strips.
TikToker Armen Adamjan shared his ‘magic’ teeth whitening app and earned hundreds of thousand of views
The ingredients are surprising, and include cucumber and kiwi
He mixes slices of cucumber and kiwi, mashes them up, and adds baking soda
‘Kiwis are packed with calcium and cucumbers get rid of any bad bacteria that builds up in your mouth, which in turn gives you whiter teeth,’ he explains in one video.
‘If you want to whiten your teeth without using those whitening strips, try this,’ he continues.
‘Get a bowl, add some kiwi. Add some cucumber. Mash it up,’ he says.
He demonstrates, throwing two slices of cucumber and two slices of kiwi into a bowl and mashing them together with a pestle.
‘Add a little bit of baking soda,’ he goes on. ‘Mix it up. That’s it!
‘Put it on your toothbrush and brush your teeth with it, twice a week,’ he says, demonstrating. ‘Tastes like kiwi!’
‘Don’t buy these expensive teeth whitening strips,’ he warns in another video. ‘Just use cucumber and kiwi. It’s magic!’
Baking soda is abrasive and already found in a lot of whitening toothpastes, while the kiwi and cucumber both have acids that can dissolve and remove surface stains
Dentist Dr. Joseph Field, DDS, told Bustle that this combination really will get teeth a bit whiter, though users shouldn’t expect a dramatic change
Adamjan says to brush teeth with the mixture twice a week, while the dentist says to do it for ten days in a row and then once or twice a month for maintenance
Plenty of creators have shared tips for getting whiter teeth with natural products that cost less, but not all of them work.
Yet dentist Dr. Joseph Field, DDS, told Bustle that this combination really will get teeth a bit whiter — but no one should expect staggering results.
‘The kiwi, cucumber, and baking soda combo does a good job removing the stains from your teeth, giving them a whiter appearance,’ he said.
Baking soda is abrasive and already found in a lot of whitening toothpastes, while the kiwi and cucumber both have acids that can dissolve and remove surface stains.
‘You need to be careful not to use it too often as it can cause [your tooth] enamel to erode,’ Dr Field added, suggesting people apply the mixture once a day for up to ten consecutive days.
After that, it’s OK to use once or twice a month for maintenance.
Leading dentists warned against a potentially ‘extremely harmful’ beauty in which teens bleached their own teeth with hydrogen peroxide
Of course, not every beauty, skincare, or dental hack found on social media is effective or even safe, and it’s always advisable to check with a doctor before trying something new.
In fact, in 2020 a teeth-whitening TikTok trend was slammed as ‘extremely harmful by dentists.
Users from the US and the UK took to buying hydrogen peroxide — one of the active whitening agents used in over-the-counter and professional teeth whitening products — and applying the chemical directly onto their teeth to achieve a brighter smile.
Among them was 18-year-old Claudia, 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 from eBay and used a cotton bud to apply the liquid directly to her teeth for up to one minute.
The bottle contained three per cent hydrogen peroxide — 30 times the amount allowed in over-the-counter and regulated online teeth whitening products.
However, Claudia appeared unconcerned with potential risks, saying in the voiceover to her video: ‘If you’re a dentist, don’t tell me this is wrong, save me the grief, the damage has already been done.’
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 she often rinses her mouth with the product to keep her teeth white
She later pointed out that some US teeth whitening products use up to 14 per cent of hydrogen peroxide in their products, and insisted she is not encouraging any other users to use the same method as her.
Another user, an American named Amanda told her followers she often rinses her mouth with the product to keep her teeth white.
Dental experts warned using undiluted hydrogen peroxide in strong concentrations in this way poses significant risk to long-term oral health. The substance can cause sever gum damage, which can eventually lead to tooth loss, as well as damage the enamel and tooth sensitivity.
Dr. Reena Wadia, founder of London gum clinic RW Perio, explained: ‘Professional teeth whitening systems use a custom-made “tray” that holds the hydrogen peroxide gel in contact with the teeth and prevents it from contacting the gum tissue.
‘This is important as if the gel touches the gums it can lead to gum irritation, inflammation and pain.’
Severe gum issues can even lead to teeth falling out.
She continued: ‘Gums and bone hold your teeth in place so there is no point having white teeth if they start loosening up, changing position and eventually fall out.
‘Professional teeth whitening involves supervision from a dental professional who can oversee the whole process.
‘This allows you to have the very best whitening result while ensuring that no harm is being done.’