A fad is described as an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something; especially one that is short lived … there are several of these crazes in the dental world right now. But before trying any of these, it is best to consult with your family dentist to make sure you are not doing more harm than good.
The Latest Novelties Include:
- Oil Pulling: Before the creation of toothpastes we use today, people would swish a tablespoon of oil around their mouth in an effort to clean their teeth. The fad today often involves the use of coconut or sesame oil in an effort to whiten teeth and freshen breath.
- Charcoal Toothpaste: You wouldn’t chew on a chunk of charcoal from your backyard grill, but there are toothpastes available today that contain charcoal. And while there is some evidence that these products can whiten teeth initially, longer term use can lead to diminished enamel. We rely on enamel to protect our teeth from decay; once it is gone, it will not grow back. Also, experimenting with rinses made with lemon juice, vinegar, or carbonated soda is an invitation to disaster. These are very acidic and can promote further loss of enamel.
- Fluoride-free Toothpaste: There is a reason why fluoride was added to the water supplies of cities throughout America. It is imperative that we use fluoridated products to continue to fortify the protective enamel on the teeth of children and adults alike.
- Grills and Jewelry: Usually a fad for young people, placing metal in your mouth (unless you are undergoing teeth straightening) is a bad idea. While some think it looks attractive, the destruction that could be going on underneath the jewelry does not seem worth it.
Good Dental Habits You Can Live With
Your family dentistry office is staffed with caring individuals who work tirelessly to make sure you enjoy all the benefits of great oral health.
But you need to do your part. Brush your teeth twice daily using a fluoridated toothpaste, two minutes each time. Floss every day to remove anything that has formed on teeth especially around the gum line. Rinse thoroughly following flossing.
And finally, make sure all family members visit the office of Dr. Barry Buchanan every six months for teeth cleaning and dental exams.