There always seems to be a new fad out there circulating around online. However, the internet is also a place where there are heaps of misinformation. It can be difficult to tell the difference between a helpful hack and something that can actually end up being dangerous. You don’t want to try out a popular trend only to discover that you are harming your smile. Here are some fads that are bad for your teeth so that you know how to avoid them.
Apple Cider Vinegar
There are all sorts of different health benefits you can experience from consuming apple cider vinegar. Whether you are looking to calm an upset stomach, soothe your sore throat, or lower your cholesterol, there is something out there claiming that this remedy can help. However, apple cider vinegar isn’t too great for your teeth. Your teeth are vulnerable to acidic substances, and this type of vinegar is so acidic that it can cause your enamel to dissolve, therefore increasing your risk of tooth decay. If you are consuming apple cider vinegar, be sure to rinse your mouth with water afterward to help the pH of your mouth return to normal.
Lemon Juice Detox
This is a popular detox that is usually used as an effort to lose weight. The recipe includes a mixture of lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water. Just like apple cider vinegar, this mixture is very acidic, increasing the probability of tooth decay. Another issue is that this 10-day cleanse only includes liquids. Without chewing any solid food, you aren’t producing as much saliva. You need to have a significant amount of saliva to fight off cavities, gum disease, and acid erosion.
Sparkling water has become increasingly popular. While it’s a great alternative to sugary soda, it isn’t completely risk-free. Sparkling water is acidic, creating a low pH environment in your mouth, both weakening the enamel and making it easier for you to develop cavities.
Kombucha is a fermented tea that has benefits, including detoxification, improved digestion, immune system stimulation, arthritis relief, and cancer prevention. However, kombucha is acidic, and many store-bought brands contain a lot of sugar. This increases your risk for cavities and other dental issues.
Many new oral hygiene products contain activated charcoal. The purpose behind these products is that they absorb toxins and stains, leading to whiter teeth and healthy gums. However, there is not enough evidence to deem that activated charcoal products are actually effective. These products also tend to be too abrasive for the teeth. This causes the gradual wearing away of the enamel. Ultimately, these products are best avoided.
Just because a trend is popular doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to try. Be sure to do your own research beforehand or ask your dentist. This way, you can make informed decisions when caring for your smile!
About the Author
Dr. Thomas A. Gromling is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for nearly 40 years. He earned his dental doctorate from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also has advanced training in forensic dentistry and obstructive sleep apnea treatment. Currently, he is a proud member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Forensic Science, and the Virginia Academy of Sleep Medicine. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in Stephens City, visit his website or call (540) 869-4377.