Fads which can damage your teeth

Whilst the internet can provide us with a wealth of information on any topic, it is always wise to check on the authenticity and accuracy of any information and advice you may find on the web when it comes to your health. If you don’t check the facts, you may come to harm.

Bloggers, influencers and ‘celebrities’ cannot replace trained professionals, like your dentist.

In recent years, there have been a number health ‘trends’ which could damage your oral health. Here, we’re making sure you have a dentist’s view of these so that you have the facts:

Lemon water – is it true that this ‘detoxifies’ the body?

No. There is nothing you can swallow which will detoxify. Your liver and kidneys are your detoxifiers.

What citrus juices can do is to erode tooth enamel. This cannot be reversed. Once it is eroded, there is no going back. When your tooth enamel wears away, your teeth become sensitive, discoloured and more vulnerable to decay.

Drinking fruit juices daily can harm your oral health and don’t provide any benefits.

Coconut Oil Pulling – is this an oral detoxifier?

No. Whilst this is not harmful to your oral health, what is harmful is allowing gum disease to continue, because coconut oil pulling will not cure or prevent gum disease. GUm disease must be diagnosed and then treated by a dental professional, and include an oral hygiene regie for you to follow.

Snacking or Grazing – does this harm your teeth?

It can do.

What you eat and drink can do damage to your teeth. If you are following a grazing diet, then

it is wise to identify and avoid those foods and drinks which can erode enamel. One of the drinks thought to help with weight loss is apple cider vinegar, but this does damage tooth enamel over time.

Charcoal Toothpaste – will this whiten my teeth?

Not to any significant extent, no.

Charcoal toothpaste, in common with other ‘whitening’ toothpastes, may lift light surface staining, but there is a risk that the charcoal particles may become embedded in tiny cracks in the teeth. In any case, such toothpastes can damage the enamel because they tend to be abrasive.

Fluoride – should I avoid it?

Fluoride re-strengthens tooth enamel, preventing demineralisation which is caused by acidic and sugary foods and drinks. So don’t avoid fluoride as it is essential for forming stronger enamel.

Facts first

So it makes sense to check anything you see, hear or read with the relevant expert, in this case your dentist. It may be tempting to join in a fad, but it is well worth finding out the facts first. Our team at The Mall can advise you and help keep you safe.

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