What Dental Fads Should I Avoid?

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You may be intrigued by some of these dental fads, but it’s best for your oral health to avoid them!

1. Grills

Grills are a kind of removable jewelry worn over your teeth that became popular in the mid-2000s, and while you may think they look cool, grills can be very damaging to your teeth. Grills can irritate and push against your gums, and the materials that grills are made of can erode your tooth enamel.

2. Tongue Piercings

Tongue piercings have been around for quite some time, but it may not be surprising that putting a foreign object in your mouth can be harmful to your teeth and gums. Oral piercings invite bacteria into your mouth, which can spread to your gums and cause gum disease. A hard piercing could also potentially chip or break a tooth. Yikes!

3. Tooth Gems

Another jewelry fad are tooth gems. These are jewels that are placed on your teeth with strong adhesives. These adhesives can damage your enamel, make your teeth more prone to infection and damage, and cause tooth discoloration that can only be restored by professional teeth whitening.

4. Charcoal

Brushing your teeth with charcoal may seem counterintuitive, but some believe that charcoal can help whiten and clean your teeth. This fad is incredibly dangerous for your teeth because charcoal is a very abrasive material that can damage your enamel. Non-activated charcoal is also toxic so play it safe and stay away from using any kind of charcoal on your teeth.

5. Rinsing with Hydrogen Peroxide

Some people believe that rinsing with hydrogen peroxide can help whiten your teeth. While hydrogen peroxide is an ingredient found in whitening products, you should not use it on its own as a whitening agent because it can cause damage to your gums and teeth. To safely whiten your teeth at home, opt for over-the-counter whitening kits or our take-home whitening trays rather than risking your oral health by rinsing with hydrogen peroxide.

6. Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is when you swish coconut, sunflower, or sesame oil around your mouth for 20 minutes. This is a fad that’s claimed to clean your teeth, but it is not a substitute for brushing, flossing, and other traditional oral hygiene practices. Oil pulling may help freshen your breath, but don’t rely on it to clean your gums and teeth, or you could develop cavities and other oral health issues.

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