These days it seems like a new trend pops up nearly every day. Some are harmless and all in good fun, while others have dangerous side effects that too many people are unaware of.
We’ve identified trends that have made waves in the dental community, that we strongly encourage you to avoid them.
Instead, stick to the basics. Brush and floss daily, and visit Atlanta West Dentistry for regular cleanings and exams.
Brushing Your Teeth with Lemon Juice and Baking Soda
There have been many claims about using lemon juice and baking soda to whiten your teeth. However, both ingredients are known to do more harm to your teeth than good. Lemon juice is highly acidic and the more it comes into contact with your teeth, the more it wears away the outer layer of your teeth, known as enamel.
Baking soda is abrasive and can also damage your teeth by wearing down your enamel. Baking soda should be used sparingly on your teeth, if at all.
Oil Pulling Instead of Brushing
Oil pulling has been used as a dental care technique for centuries. This practice requires you to swish coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil around your mouth for 20 minutes before spitting the oil out.
Thousands of people claim that oil pulling can help freshen your breath and whiten your teeth. But the trouble comes when people start practicing oil pulling in place of brushing and flossing their teeth. Oil pulling doesn’t remove bacteria as efficiently as brushing and flossing. There simply is so substitute.
By not brushing and flossing your teeth daily, you put yourself at risk for developing gum disease and tooth decay.
Brushing with Charcoal
Charcoal is being used in a variety of health products these days. Proponents of charcoal claim that brushing your teeth with activated charcoal helps draw out toxins from the body and whitens your teeth. However, the American Dental Association has clearly stated that charcoal in dental products hasn’t been proven to be safe or effective.
Additionally, regular use of activated charcoal on your teeth can be abrasive and lead to enamel erosion and tooth sensitivity.
The DIY trend has popped up in just about every industry, with people wanting more than ever before to take matters into their own hands. Simply put, dentistry is something that can’t be done properly without a professional.
While it’s certainly easy to find a video or article on the internet with instructions on how to perform various dental procedures, none of them should be attempted. Whether you need a filling or a tooth extraction, leave it up to a professional and see a dentist before you make things worse.
At Atlanta West Dentistry, we work hard every day to ensure our patients receive optimal dental care. Our goal is to keep you well-informed so that you are able to combat oral health problems and maintain good oral health on your own between visits. If you are ever curious about a trend that involves your teeth and gums, contact one of our expert team members before putting your oral health at risk.