Five Dangerous Dental Fads

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At Edgewater Dental Arts, we feel like we’ve seen just about everything when it comes to teeth. From new products on the market that keep teeth cleaner and healthier than ever before to innovations in technology that make treatment more comfortable, there have been plenty of beneficial changes to dentistry over the years. However, our patients occasionally ask us about dental fads that can be harmful. Today, we want to take a closer look at dangerous dental fads to help you avoid accidentally damaging your teeth in pursuit of a perfect smile.

1. Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal appears in many health products these days, but it can actually damage your teeth. Because it is an abrasive material, brushing your teeth with activated charcoal in an attempt to whiten them can erode your enamel and even make your teeth appear yellow.

2. Hydrogen Peroxide

While hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in many teeth whitening products, do not use hydrogen peroxide on its own. Rinsing with hydrogen peroxide can damage teeth and gums.

man squinting with a half lemon in his mouth

3. Lemon Juice & Baking Soda

Some people believe this combination of ingredients can help whiten teeth. Unfortunately, this combination can be very damaging to enamel. Lemon juice is highly acidic and baking soda is abrasive, and the combination damages your enamel and can irritate your gums.

4. Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is a technique that involves swishing oil (coconut, sunflower, or sesame) in your mouth for 20 minutes at a time. Some think that this freshens breath and naturally cleans teeth, but there’s no evidence that oil pulling makes teeth healthier. Instead, follow a good oral hygiene routine of brushing teeth twice daily for two minutes each time and flossing every day – no gimmicks needed.

5. Extreme Diets

Every so often, extreme diets sweep across the nation promising fast results. While they may cause you to drop a few pounds, many extreme diets can damage your oral health. Your teeth need minerals such as fiber, calcium, and phosphorus to stay healthy and strong, so a diet that eliminates sources for these minerals can make your teeth more prone to damage.

We hope this information helps you avoid harmful fads and encourages you to practice good oral hygiene to keep your teeth healthy and strong. To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next appointment, contact our office today!

Dr. John Cutting

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.