Trends may seem fun to follow, but be careful when adopting a new dental fad. Although you may see many exciting “hacks” on the Internet or cool things to wear on your teeth and in your mouth, they can potentially cause extensive damage! Here are some of our answers to the frequently asked questions we get about popular dental fads.
Can I Brush with Charcoal?
Brushing your teeth with activated charcoal is a popular trend these days since it’s said to clean and whiten teeth naturally, but it’s best to avoid this fad! The non-activated stuff is toxic and activated charcoal is very abrasive and will damage the surface of your teeth if you brush with it too often. According to the American Dental Association, it hasn’t been proven safe or effective. We recommend a high-quality, soft-bristled toothbrush and an ADA-approved whitening toothpaste instead. Better yet than an at-home toothpaste, ask us about our professional teeth whitening services or Snap-On Smile®!
Are Grills Safe for Teeth?
You may have seen your favorite rapper wearing a shiny and expensive pair of grills and may be inspired to do the same, but know that they can cause damage to your teeth and gums when worn for an extended period of time. If you use glue or denture adhesive can erode your tooth enamel, and the grills themselves can irritate your gums. It’s wise not to put anything over your teeth for the sake of decoration.
Can I Oil Pull Instead of Brushing My Teeth?
Many people swear by oil pulling to clean and whiten their teeth, which requires you to swish coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil around your mouth for 20 minutes at a time. While this ancient practice may help freshen breath temporarily, it absolutely is no replacement for daily brushing and flossing. Relying on oil pulling alone can leave you developing cavities at an alarming rate!
Should I Get My Tongue Pierced?
Tongue piercings are becoming popular again, but be aware that the likelihood of them chipping or cracking your teeth through repeated rubbing is pretty high. They can also get infected and create issues with your gums.
Can’t I Just Use Plain Hydrogen Peroxide to Whiten My Teeth?
Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful ingredient found in many whitening products, but you shouldn’t use pure hydrogen peroxide in your mouth unless you want to damage your teeth and gums. It’s best to seek professional help at Highland Oaks Family Dentistry for to safely and dramatically brighten your smile!
Consult with Us!
Before you jump to try out the latest dental fad, first check with us to see if it’ll help or harm your teeth. Our team is here to help answer any questions that you may have about your oral health and can suggest safe treatment options for you to consider. Contact us and schedule an appointment today!