Avoid Trends With Teeth Whitening and Cosmetic Effects

It’s so easy these days to be influenced to try the latest fads, especially now that the market is flooded with oral care products, often packaged to look convincingly clinical.  Here are some of the fads which have emerged in recent times:

Coconut oil pulling – The advice is to rinse with a tablespoon of coconut oil for several minutes every day.  There is NO EVIDENCE to suggest that this benefits oral health in any way.

Charcoal toothpaste – Toothpaste should protect as well as help clean your teeth.  Using any paste which is abrasive – like those containing charcoal – will harm our teeth enamel in time.

DIY whitening – An example is lemon juice (which is acidic) and baking soda (which is abrasive).   Neither of these will protect your teeth enamel.

Grills – These are decorative covers for the teeth.  They irritate gums and promote harmful bacteria.   Remember, this means that they could ultimately cause you pain and expense. 

Gems – The glue used to stick these on the teeth can damage enamel.  

No-fluoride toothpaste – Fluoride helps to prevent decay.  So why use a toothpaste without fluoride?  

PLEASE do your research and remember that once your enamel is eroded, you cannot get it back.  If in doubt, just ask your dentist. 

Are you ready for a whiter, brighter smile?