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4 Dental Fads to Drop

Cypress TX dentistSometimes a DIY recipe can come in handy when you’re low on makeup remover or a household cleaner. Unfortunately, it’s not always wise to trust “do it yourself” information from people we know or from content on social media.

Following are four dental fads to avoid. Be sure to consult a dentist before attempting any home remedy or DIY project.

DIY Toothpaste & Teeth Whiteners

Many DIY recipes geared toward oral hygiene or teeth whitening contain ingredients that can actually damage our teeth. These ingredients could be dangerous because they’re abrasive (like charcoal) or incredibly acidic (like lemon juice or vinegar).

Avoiding Fluoride

While there are some reasons a person might benefit from fluoride-free toothpaste, it’s best to discuss your oral health needs with a dentist.

Fluoride is beneficial to people the overwhelming majority of the time. In fact, this naturally-occurring mineral is scientifically proven to strengthen teeth. We recommend choosing fluoridated toothpaste with the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of approval.

Oil Pulling

The practice of “oil pulling” consists of swishing around about a tablespoon of oil throughout the mouth. People who tout the benefits of oil pulling cite that this home remedy is great for cleaning one’s mouth and whitening teeth.

While oil pulling was used by various ancient cultures to clean teeth, there’s actually no scientific proof that oil pulling makes a significant difference in oral hygiene. This practice won’t lift permanent dental stains, either.

Grills

Not to be confused with the grates you cook a steak on, a “grill” in this case refers to wearing jewelry inside the mouth or cosmetic enhancements to teeth made from jewels or metal. These kinds of grills are magnets for debris – many times accumulating food particles and tartar on their surfaces.

The truth is that a white smile with clean, healthy teeth is always in style. Fortunately, the trend of grills and tooth jewelry is dwindling in popularity.

Beyond practicing proper oral hygiene with ADA-approved tools and toothpaste, we encourage patients to schedule regular checkups with their dentist. Call the office of Dr. Lori Logan today to reserve an appointment.

Does it matter when I brush my teeth?

dentist 77433When it comes to certain tasks, timing is important. In addition to brushing thoroughly and carefully, when you brush your teeth matters. Many patients have asked our dentist about when and how they should brush. Following is helpful information.

You should brush your teeth at least twice a day. The first time you brush should occur shortly after you wake up – preferably before you eat. We suggest drinking a glass or two of plain water when you wake up before heading to the bathroom to brush. Afterwards, have your morning beverage and food of choice.

The second time one should brush is just before bed. This is a great time to work in your once-per-day interdental cleaning, a.k.a. “flossing”, too.

Why does it matter when I brush?

Before we brush, we need to think about when the last time we ate or drank something that contains sugar and/or acidic particles (which is just about everything).

Just after we eat is never a good time to brush. This is because tooth enamel temporarily softens after bacteria release acid, which occurs after they feed on sugary or starchy food.

If you will be brushing following a meal or beverage, be sure to wait at least 30 minutes before cleaning your teeth.

How long should I brush my teeth?

You should brush your teeth for about two to three minutes each time. While this may seem like a long time, if you consider all surfaces that require brushing for a proper clean, two minutes is actually quite quick.

Will my dentist be able to tell if I brush incorrectly?

You might be surprised what your dental checkups reveal about your lifestyle and dietary habits. Your checkup can reveal everything from excessive stress and tobacco use to poor oral hygiene practices.

Our mission though, isn’t to shame our patients. We are here to help you achieve vibrant oral health with comprehensive services and treatments. If it’s time for a checkup or cleaning, call the office of Dr. Lori Logan today.