Your Raleigh Dentist is all for dental trends that can improve your smile, but there are a flurry of new trends circulating social media that can actually damage your smile and create a situation that could be expensive to repair. Considering how much misinformation is floating around on the internet, we know how difficult it is to distinguish the difference between a helpful hack and a distraction, we thought we’d discuss 5 current fads that you should be wary of.
Damaging Dental Fad #1: Activated Charcoal
Your Raleigh dentist is seeing a lot of new oral hygiene products be released with an active ingredient that’s a little suspicious: activated charcoal. Activated charcoal has a number of health benefits, and the idea behind putting it in dental cleaning products is that it can absorb toxins and stains which could lead to white teeth and healthier gums. That said, we still don’t have enough evidence to provide that it’s an effective solution towards removing discoloration on your teeth. Activated charcoal can also be quite abrasive on your teeth, so we ask that if you want to try any of these products that you proceed with caution as they can cause your enamel to wear away with too much use.
Damaging Dental Fad #2: Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar also has a number of well-known health benefits. In fact, evidence suggests that it can be helpful if you’re trying to lose weight, reduce your cholesterol, lower your blood sugar levels, improve diabetes symptoms, soothe an upset stomach or sore sore throat and more. However, your Raleigh Dentist isn’t convinced that apple cider vinegar is good for your teeth. In fact, your teeth are quite vulnerable to acidic substances, so using apple cider vinegar might be the worst possible thing to use on your teeth as it can cause your enamel to erode. As such, if you’re consuming apple cider vinegar to take advantage of some of the other health benefits, make sure that you also thoroughly rinse your mouth out with water immediately after to help the pH level of your mouth return back to normal.
Damaging Dental Fad #3: Lemon Juice Detox
Your Raleigh dentist has been hearing a lot of “lose weight fast” schemes lately as people get ready for summer. Among these is a lemon juice detox which includes a mixture of lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and water. It’s intent is to help people lose weight, but like apple cider vinegar, it’s incredible acidic. Acidic substances can increase your risk of cavities. But that’s not all. One of the bigger problems with this 10-day cleanse is that if you’re doing the lemon juice detox by the book, you can’t eat any solids. As such, your body can’t produce enough saliva to prevent cavities, gum disease or enamel erosion. We could tell you to rinse well with water if you choose to participate in this fad, but honestly, we highly recommend that you don’t do this at all.
Damaging Dental Fad #4: Sparkling Water
Sparkling water has been around for years, and while it’s better thank drinking soda, energy drinks or sports drinks, it’s not great for your smile. Much like apple cider vinegar and lemon juice, sparkling water is also incredibly acidic. Go figure, right? This means that it can lower the pH level in your mouth, weaken your enamel and leave you more susceptible to cavities. While your Raleigh dentist appreciates that you are choosing not to drink sodas, sparkling water isn’t worth the price tag.
If you don’t love the taste of plain water, try drinking it ice cold.
Damaging Dental Fad #5: Kombucha
Finally, we’ve been seeing a lot of people get into kombucha lately. Kombucha is a fermented tea that has a number of health benefits including detoxification, immune system stimulation, arthritis relief, improved digestion and the potential to prevent cancer. However, you guessed it – kombucha is also incredibly acidic. If you’re buying it in-store, it also tends to contain a lot of added sugar. So, more cavities and other oral health problems. Your Raleigh dentist would love to promote it, but she can’t.
There’s always a reason that trends are trends. Rarely do today’s trends become standard or best practice, and they usually aren’t the best option for your teeth. Make sure to do your research before you put your oral health at risk. While some of these fads might seem like a good idea, putting your teeth at that kind of risk just isn’t worth it.
Is it time to have your teeth cleaned? Be sure to give Dr. Katherine E. Garrett a call to schedule your appointment. if you’re looking for a new Raleigh dentist. New patients are always welcome, and we are proud to provide dental care for your entire family. Don’t wait until you have a dental emergency, call our office today!