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5 DIY Dental Fads You Should Avoid

Maintaining your dental health at home goes beyond just daily brushing and flossing. While there are plenty of safe ways to freshen your breath and brighten up your smile, there are some popular DIY trends that can actually be dangerous for your teeth. We’ll describe five trends that you should avoid to protect your dental health!

    Sunflower oil used for oil-pulling in a small vial with a cork next to a yellow and orange sunflower-like flowers

  1. Oil Pulling
  2. Oil pulling is an ancient practice during which you swish coconut, sunflower, or sesame oil around your mouth for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. Although it will supposedly clean and whiten your teeth and enhance your breath, it absolutely isn’t a proper substitute for traditional brushing and flossing, which are much more effective at accurately cleaning your teeth and gums.

  3. Brushing with Charcoal
  4. Many people claim that brushing with activated charcoal is a natural way to clean and whiten teeth. However, the American Dental Association has stated there is no evidence supporting the safety or efficacy of activated charcoal. Not only is activated charcoal abrasive and damaging to your enamel, but you also have to be careful that you’d be buying the right product because non-activated charcoal is toxic!

  5. Rinsing with Hydrogen Peroxide
  6. Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching ingredient found in many whitening products, but that doesn’t mean you should use it as a rinse by itself! When used alone, it is very irritating and damaging to your teeth and gums.

    Closeup of a lemon cut in half resting on a yellow counter to be squeezed to brush someone's teeth with lemon juice

  7. Brushing with Lemon Juice
  8. Some people mix lemon juice with baking soda for an at-home whitener, but repeatedly exposing your teeth to the acid in lemon juice will actually dissolve your enamel and make your teeth more prone to discoloration!

  9. Tooth Gems
  10. Tooth gems are bright and colorful stones that some people stick on their teeth. They usually require strong and damaging adhesives that can easily destroy your enamel. It’s best to avoid putting adornments on your teeth, no matter how tempting it may be to decorate them. A naturally bright smile sparkles just fine on its own!

You don’t need to try dangerous and damaging dental fads to have a beautiful, bright smile. We offer a variety of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services at CarolinasDentist. Utilize our professional teeth whitening or dental veneers to safely whiten your smile! Contact our friendly team to schedule an appointment at one of our five locations across North Carolina.

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