Dental Trends To Avoid
Social media has taken the world by storm. There seem to be never-ending trends that become popular weekly. Whether it is a dance, fashion idea, prank, or even a dental trend, some ideas seem interesting, but most pass quickly until a new trend arises. The problem is that many of these trends are not created by professionals, so there is some risk and danger involved, especially with a medical or dental trend. We want to discuss some of the more recent dental trends and explain why they are a bad idea.
Whitening Teeth With Homemade Ingredients
There are frequent ideas about how to improve the brightness of your teeth using homemade ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice and baking soda. Using anything other than a professional whitening treatment is a bad idea. You can cause irreversible damage to the outer covering of your teeth, also known as the enamel, by trying to whiten your teeth at home. Many of the items often recommended are too harsh in their pure form to whiten your teeth in a healthy way.
For quite awhile, there were many trends that spoke of using charcoal to purify and draw toxins out of a desired area of the body. It became popular to use in face masks and soaps. As of late, charcoal has also been making its way into toothpaste. Please leave these products on the shelf. Charcoal toothpaste has yet to be proven safe for your oral health and like the products mentioned above, can cause serious damage.
Apple Cider Vinegar
For many years there have been claims that apple cider vinegar has been helpful for weight loss. While weight loss is not our area of expertise, we can tell you that apple cider vinegar can cause significant damage to your teeth. The high amount of acid in vinegar will cause teeth to wear faster, become brittle, crack and break. It can also lead to an increase in decay.
If you are interested in learning if the dental trend you want to try is helpful or harmful to your oral health, please call our office located in Phoenix, AZ. We want what is best for you and your oral health and don’t want you to try something that is going to potentially cause harm to your teeth and gums.