Three scary dental trends

Every industry has its trends, whether it’s the clothes we wear or the food we eat, humans love following the trends that are most popular. But, not all trends are well thought out, or even safe. Some are even so dangerous that they are downright scary.
These are three dental trends that are probably better left alone.

Grills (dental jewellery)

Not necessarily shocking, but absolutely dangerous and devastating on the mouth and gums, grills dominated the early 2000 pop culture.

Dental grills have been associated with bad breath, the wearing-away of enamel and gum tissue, as well as the accumulation of bacterial plaque. Truly gross. With prolonged use, wearers stand the real risk of serious infection, aggravated by the tiny cuts made in the gums, especially by more adventurous types of grills.

Mouth Piercings

Your Smile Dental says; oral piercings, no matter where you place them, can open you up to a whole array of dental issues and infections. We’ve seen a number of patients who have had chipped teeth, irreversible gum recession and breaking fillings. Sometimes, the frustrating thing about repairing teeth broken by mouth jewellery is when the same damage happens repeatedly with no hope of convincing the patient to remove the principal cause.

Lemon juice and baking soda toothpaste

DIY and natural alternatives have been a popular hygiene trend in the last few years, and many pantry remedies have merit. This one, however, isn’t so safe.

According to Springs Village Dentistry, Lemon juice and baking soda have both been said to have whitening properties, but you really shouldn’t try to brush your teeth with them. Lemon juice is very acidic, and exposure to acid can in fact wear down the enamel of your teeth and make your teeth more susceptible to stains. Baking soda can be abrasive and also has the same effect.

If you do find yourself on the tail end of any of these trends, Affinity Dental offers affordable premiums and essential benefits that will keep you smiling!

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