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TRENDS IMPACT JUST about every aspect of life, from slang and fashion to which toys are collectibles this year and which fad diet everyone’s aunt is doing.
Most trends are harmless symptoms of an ever-evolving society and culture, but when they affect the ways we take care of ourselves, they can become serious. In recent years, do-it-yourself teeth whitening has been a “trendy” topic, so let’s take a look at a few of the more popular methods.
Charcoal Versus Tooth Enamel
As counterintuitive as it seems to rub black powder on your teeth and expect them to become whiter, the rationale behind the idea makes sense. Charcoal is extremely porous and absorbent, and has been used even in hospitals to safely neutralize toxins. In theory, it could do the same for your teeth.
However, charcoal isn’t just porous, it’s also abrasive. Even as it absorbs harmful compounds from your mouth and disrupts bacterial populations, it could also be scraping away your enamel, doing more harm than good. Until we know more about the effects of charcoal on teeth, it’s safer to give that home remedy a pass.
Lemon Juice: Dissolving Stains Or Dissolving Teeth?
The enamel on your teeth is the hardest substance in your body, but it is extremely susceptible to erosion by acid. Your saliva keeps the pH in your mouth balanced to protect your enamel, but any time you eat or drink something acidic, that pH is disrupted and your teeth are vulnerable. Using lemon juice on your teeth in hopes of whitening them is, therefore, likely to cause a lot of enamel erosion, and once that enamel is gone, it’s gone for good.
Oil Pulling: An Ancient Folk Remedy
Oil pulling involves swishing oil (typically coconut, sunflower, sesame, or olive oil) around in one’s mouth for up to twenty minutes. Proponents of oil pulling claim it has numerous health benefits, including teeth whitening, but the American Dental association doesn’t recommend it because there is no scientific evidence to back up these claims.
Strawberries And Bananas
Strawberries do contain some citric acid, but they also contain malic acid (particularly when ripe), which actually can give your teeth a whiter appearance. Bananas contain potassium, magnesium, and manganese, all of which promote healthier teeth and can help remove surface stains. So these two do-it-yourself teeth whiteners may actually provide some benefit! Both fruits still contain sugar, however, so you should still brush your teeth with dentist approved toothpaste after eating them.
Curious about those whitening mouthpieces that emit blue light you see all over social media? Watch the video below to learn whether or not they’re really effective:
Stick To The Science
Trends like charcoal toothpaste and lemon juice mouthwash will come and (hopefully) go, and occasionally we’ll discover remedies that do have benefits, like strawberries and bananas, but the best benefits to our teeth will always come from dentist-approved methods. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day, avoid sugary drinks and snacks, and schedule regular dental appointments.
If all of these good habits aren’t keeping your teeth white enough, talk to us about safe, professional whitening options.
Healthy smiles are beautiful smiles!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
Are you wondering whether you could benefit from orthodontic treatment? Wondering if it’s the right time to bring your child in for a consultation? While many people can benefit from braces not everyone fully understands what orthodontic treatment can do for them. Our Sioux Falls, SD, orthodontist, Dr. Chris Wermerson, is here to explain the many benefits of having our orthodontic team on your side and when you should consider coming in for an evaluation.
You are embarrassed by your smile
If you find yourself offering up close-lipped smiles because teeth are crooked, there are gaps in your smile or you are dealing with other misalignments then it might be time to visit our Sioux Falls orthodontic specialist to find out if braces could give you a more confident smile. A smile can truly make or break your confidence, so if you find yourself unhappy with your smile then braces might be able to help.
You have a misaligned or crooked smile
This is the most common and obvious reason people visit an orthodontist. Everyone from children to adults can benefit from what orthodontic treatment has to offer. If you are dealing with these issues then orthodontic treatment could certainly benefit you:
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Open bite
You want to promote better oral health
This isn’t something most people think about when they think about getting orthodontic treatment; however, a misaligned smile is also prone to decay and other issues. Think about it: if teeth are crowding or overlapping each other it can be difficult to remove plaque from these areas, leaving certain teeth susceptible to decay. Orthodontic treatment can boost your oral health and reduce your risk of cavities.
When should I see an orthodontist?
There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to visiting an orthodontist. If you are considering whether your child should get orthodontic treatment then they should come in around 7 years old, when permanent teeth are starting to erupt. Early orthodontic intervention could mean faster treatment for your child.
Of course, teens and adults can also benefit from a consultation. There are even braces out there such as Invisalign that cater exclusively to teens and adults, so don’t think it’s ever too late to get braces.
Wermerson Orthodontics is proud to serve patients in the greater Sioux Falls, SD area including the Brandon, Harrisburg, Tea and surrounding areas. If you have been considering braces for yourself or your little one then it’s the perfect time to call and schedule a consultation with us.
Are you looking for something fun to do with your family today? Come checkout Family Fest today and hang out with the Wermerson Orthodontics team and Dr. Chris Wermerson the orthodontist at the Sioux Falls Fairgrounds from 9-4 today July 8th.
Family Fest is a daylong, outdoor summer event that provides current and future parents an opportunity to discover resources that will strengthen, teach, and entertain themselves and their children ranging in age from babies to high school students. Family Fest is dedicated to providing area consumers with one stop access to the most respected local, state and national companies and organizations that specialize in growth and development assistance, products and services. Family Fest is dedicated to the success and celebration of the family with this active and enthusiastic event in an environment that is fun and entertaining for the whole family. For more information, contact us at [email protected] or visit: familyfestsf.com
Dr. Wermerson is a member of the AAO, which has 17,000 members in the United States, Canada and abroad. Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who correct improperly aligned teeth and jaws (bad bites). They receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the AAO. Visit the AAO online at www.mylifemysmile.org.