Sometimes 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).
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.
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.
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.