With the internet, new information bubbles up constantly, and trends and fads spread like wildfire. Here at Normandy Dentistry, we’ve noticed some fads popping up that make grand claims to benefit your oral health and appearance, but are actually truly dangerous to your teeth. Read on to learn what not to do to ensure your dental health and safety.
When you “oil pull” you swish an oil, such as coconut, around in your mouth for an amount of time. The method claims to benefit your teeth by warding off bacteria, but few studies have shown its efficacy. While oil pulling poses no known detriment to your oral health, false claims that it’s a miracle method can be dangerous. Abandoning or lessening traditional dental care in favor of oil pulling will leave your teeth at risk. Listen to your dentist and stick with good old fashioned brushing and flossing!
Brushing with Charcoal Toothpaste
Charcoal, a material oft-associated with grills and campfires, is now a key ingredient in a lot of new tooth products suddenly flooding the market. Take it from a dentist, charcoal tooth products, which aren’t proven effective, are best avoided. Simply put, charcoal is an abrasive ingredient. When you scrub away at your teeth with charcoal-based products, you’re wearing away at your enamel. Enamel makes up the outer layer of each tooth, protecting the dentin and root beneath. Enamel is hard but thin, and once it’s gone, it won’t grow back. Not only does worn enamel leave teeth extra vulnerable to damage, it causes discoloration too.
Bleaching Teeth with Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide is an ingredient that’s known to be effective in whitening teeth. In fact, it’s used in products you can buy at your local drugstore. But, by no means does that mean you should use hydrogen peroxide on your own to try to bleach your teeth. Stick with tested products that have been recommended by your dentist, or go with professional whitening. Bleaching with hydrogen peroxide can easily be done incorrectly, and you’ll put your teeth at risk for damage that may be irreparable, and could require expensive dental work. Not worth the risk!
We’re Here to Help
These are just three of the many dental fads floating around the internet. Here at Normandy Dentistry, we want to urge you to use us as your number one source of information, not the internet! Give us a call with any questions, we’ll be happy to offer a comprehensive answer.