Vaseline was discovered in 1870 so there has been over one hundred years of consumers using this affordable product found in every household medicine cabinet for a variety of conditions. As a result, it should not be surprising that applying Vaseline on teeth is a real thing that people do, and it does have some success. Putting Vaseline on teeth originated in the pageant and modeling worlds, and it is mainly used for vanity reasons. Wondering if this is a remedy you should consider? Here are some reasons why you may want to try it.
How to Use Vaseline on Teeth
1. If you are going to a photo session or find yourself in a situation where you need to smile for extended periods of time, applying a thin layer of Vaseline on teeth can prevent your lips from sticking to your teeth. If you forget to smile and close your mouth, you will have the taste of petroleum jelly in your mouth to remind you to smile.
2. Everyone sees the woman who has lipstick smudged on her teeth but does not want to embarrass her by pointing it out. Well, applying Vaseline to the teeth prior to putting on lipstick prevents that from occurring.
3. Some believe that applying Vaseline on teeth is a protective sealant against the staining that can occur from food and drink consumption. It would serve as a temporary sealant; longer lasting sealants can be applied by a dentist.
4. People with excessively dry mouths who tend to breathe through their mouths while sleeping may benefit from applying a layer of Vaseline on teeth before bed. Because this is not a vanity use, it is often a last resort for people who wake up experiencing severe pain or discomfort from dry gums or mouth. Ask your dentist or orthodontist for specifics on how much to apply and if other alternatives may be more appropriate for your situation.
5. Applying Vaseline on your pearly whites may also make them shinier. If that's a look you prefer, give it a try. The shiny appearance will certainly wear off quickly depending on how often you open and close your mouth, but it may work in specific situations.
It is important to understand that the Vaseline product label recommends it for external use only. Vaseline is petroleum jelly which is a mixture of mineral oils and waxes. Petroleum jelly swallowed in small amounts can act as a laxative; in larger doses, it can cause diahrrhea, abdominal pain, or be a choking hazard. While there are specific situations outlined above where Vaseline could be used on teeth, it should be for special occasions only and not become a habitual occurrence. It may also be advisable to consult a doctor for further information about the effects of ingesting petroleum jelly.