Five dental trends that could harm you

Five dental trends that could harm you

Dental trends are a huge part of the surge of life hacks and Insta-trends online. Your oral health may be at risk, especially if you’re following the advice of an uninformed celebrity endorsement. The social media hype is intriguing, but always take your dental advice from an oral health professional. 

Now, of course, these celebs probably don’t mean any ill-will, and some advertise products for the money, without thinking that the product is dangerous. But, it is irresponsible to market a product, especially a health-related product or technique, without consulting experts. 

Right now, there are many published fads and healthcare gimmicks promising loads of aesthetic and health benefits. Top Doctors have taken a deeper look into what could damage your pearly whites, and concur that charcoal toothpaste, bicarb rinses, and oil-pulling are not as harmless as previously expected.  

Charcoal toothpaste

Charcoal teeth whitening products have been a significant trend on social media platforms over the last few years. The products promise miraculous changes. But, are they safe, or is it harmful to your teeth?

Charcoal teeth whitening products claim to make your teeth appear whiter and less stained. However, these products aren’t tested in the proper clinical environments, and long-term progress is not guaranteed. It may actually brighten the teeth, but there is a possibility of enamel damage and overall oral health harm. 

The charcoal teeth whitening products don’t contain enough fluoride to protect you from tooth decay or gum disease. Charcoal toothpaste should not replace regular fluoride toothpaste – so if you are going to use it, do so intermittently. 

Oil pulling

Oil pulling, which is an ancient Ayurvedic technique, is believed to clean and whiten your teeth by the act of swishing a tablespoon of sesame or coconut oil in your mouth for about 20 minutes. Swilling it in your mouth supposedly dissolves and washes away bacteria.

Oil pulling for your teeth does have positive claims. It prevents gingivitis in the short term, removes cavity-causing bacteria, reduces the symptoms of oral thrush and beats the bacteria that cause bad breath. 

The oil pulling technique cannot whiten your teeth, though. It may reduce teeth stains, but the effect of oil pulling is the same as swishing water around your mouth. Some people have reported experience nausea and lightheadedness after use, so be weary; if you feel any nasty side effects, stop immediately and consult your doctor. You may be using oil that irritates you, or you may even be swishing for too long, causing lightheadedness.

Pair oil pulling with a proper oral health regimen that includes brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and flossing regularly. Oil pulling should not replace your mainstream dental habits.

Water and lemon juice

The combination of water and lemon juice is beneficial for boosting your vitamin C intake and making your cold more bearable. However, regular lemon juice drinking puts your teeth at risk. Lemon juice is very acidic and can cause abrasion on your teeth. It will damage your enamel and expose your teeth to gum disease and decay. 

Water and lemon juice is best through a straw if you want to protect your teeth.

Apple cider vinegar shots

Apple cider vinegar shots are said to have detoxing and weight-loss benefits. Vinegar actually erodes your enamel and exposes a yellow dentin layer. It can also make your teeth look more yellow. 

Apple cider vinegar does have health benefits. It kills bacteria, lowers blood sugar levels and satisfies your appetite. It also reduces blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. 

The benefits of apple cider vinegar have no scientific backing, and researchers are still to determine the impact on your physical and dental health. People who suffer from gastrointestinal conditions like IBS claim that consuming the vinegar can cause gastric distress – proceed with caution. 

Fluoride-free toothpaste

Fluoride is naturally occurring, and traces can be found in soil, air, water, and many other foods. It is the negative ion of the element fluorine. 

Fluoride-free toothpaste is scientifically proven to prevent tooth decay because of the mineralisation role played in your bones and teeth. The toothpaste keeps your teeth hard and strong. Fluoride is added to water supplies in some places. It has the ability to prevent dental cavities and caries. 

The negative ion has gained negative traction online, with people saying that it is a toxin that causes health problems. It has not shown any convincing evidence to support that it’s dangerous. Too much fluoride exposed to a child is a mild risk causing a condition called dental fluorosis. The teeth will appear with flecking or white lines. However, the condition is a cosmetic issue and not a severe health risk. 

New formulas of fluoride-free kinds of toothpaste have started to appear because some people find fluoride to be harmful. Fluoride-free toothpaste may freshen your breath and kill bacteria, but it doesn’t protect your teeth against decay.

Inform yourself!

Always research any trend or fad! If possible, speak to your doctor or dentist first. 

Affinity Dental

Even though there are loads of at-home treatments and new trends out there, it doesn’t mean they are all safe. The best thing to d is always o go to a dental professional for any treatments or checkups, even if it’s just to get oral health advice. Do not EVER attempt to do any of your own dental work, and it could result in injury. Dentistry is a trained profession – that takes years of study. 

Affinity Dental has different levels of dental insurance cover, depending on your individual needs and budget. Each tier of options covers specific specialist dental work. You decide what you need.


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