‘Crazes’ come and go but you can’t beat sensible dental care!
There is rarely a day goes by without some new ‘wonder’ food or ‘miracle’ cure appearing, often endorsed by a celebrity.
Unfortunately, although some of these may be broadcast on social media with the best of intentions, it is often false information that is being shared. Sometimes it is relatively harmless, but unfortunately some of this information may be positively harmful. This applies also to those posts which offer ‘alternative’ or ‘healthy’ ways to look after your teeth.
It is worth remembering that however good an actress, film star or musician they may be; unlike the team at The Lodge Dental Suite, virtually none of them will have ever received any medical or dental training and should probably stick to what they do best!
Below we take a look at a few things that have been promoted recently but which can actually be harmful to your teeth.
Hot water and lemon drinks
Some who prefer not to have a caffeinated drink such as tea or coffee in the morning, may choose something such as hot water and lemon. This has been promoted as giving the body a vitamin C boost and helping to give you a healthy start to the day.
Whilst vitamin C is certainly a good thing in appropriate quantities, the lemon juice is also extremely acidic, and drinking this consistently each morning could well start to erode the enamel of your teeth. As it does this, you can expect additional sensitivity, and also, quite likely, less white teeth as the thinner enamel starts to reveal the darker coloured layer below.
We recommend that patients don’t do this, and instead opt for moderation with any food or drink you consume.
Charcoal and fluoride-free toothpastes
If you are on social media, you have most likely come across the argument that ‘big pharma’ is evil and is happy to harm people to make profits. Whilst we don’t wish to debate the pros and cons of multinational companies, it is worth remembering that their products have to undergo stringent checks before they are marketed.
Toothpaste manufacturers are sometimes accused of harming patients through the fluoride in toothpaste. The reality though, is that fluoride is very good for your teeth and helps to strengthen the protective enamel. Those who choose to use a fluoride free toothpaste can expect to have a lot more fillings! Research is conclusive in stating that there is no significant threat to health from the use of fluoride.
Charcoal toothpastes may or may not contain fluoride, but they will almost certainly be more abrasive than regular toothpastes. There is no evidence that they work, and regular use means that you could well be wearing down the enamel of your teeth.
These are just a few examples of the various ‘fads’ that we have come across recently and we will address new ones as they become popular, in future blogs. The most important thing to remember is that dentists are not only fully trained, but also keep up-to-date with the latest developments in dentistry. Here at The Lodge Dental Suite, we are always happy to discuss the pros and cons of any new fads that you may have seen, so please don’t be afraid to ask.
We are now taking appointments for the New Year and can be contacted at our Cheshunt practice on 01992 643 388.