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New Dental Ideas - Fads, TikTok Ideas

July 4, 2022 / DENTISTRY

In recent times more and more individuals from outside the dental field are bringing forth oral health suggestions. While I am a believer in free speech and open dialogue sometimes there is only a small amount of knowledge, expertise and thought behind these recommendations. So I decided to provide some of my thoughts on these trends.

Charcoal Toothpaste

Charcoal seems to be all the rage – whether in paint or in healthcare. Charcoal in toothpaste is potentially damaging due to its abrasive nature. Brushing twice daily with abrasive products irreversibly wears away enamel leading to yellower (not whiter!) and more sensitive teeth. Charcoal in purported to be anti-fungal and anti-bacterial but this has never been scientifically demonstrated. Charcoal toothpaste may also contain very small damaging crystalline silica particles which may irritate your gums.

Not Rinsing your Mouth After Brushing

Most people brush for two minutes, spit then rinse. Some are now suggesting not rinsing in order to leave the toothpaste components on your teeth. Toothpaste that contains fluoride would mean fluoride is continually being swallowed all night – a negative in my view. Fluoride and other components of toothpaste can cause gastrointestinal nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Fluoride is not considered essential to life.

Filing Teeth

Several recently released TikTok videos show young adults filing their own teeth. This trend by amateurs irreversibly removes enamel which can potentially lead to tooth fracture and sensitivity. Similarly, but even more damaging, filing ones own teeth to cover them with veneers is almost certainly going to lead to large problems.

Homemade Braces

Another trending idea is using homemade rubber bands and wires to correct malaligned teeth. Often these self taught orthodontists don't achieve much tooth movement (best case) and do it yourself braces can lead to innumerable problems (including bite abnormalities, nerve problems and enamel damage all possibly leading to tooth loss.)

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