DIY Mouthwash & Other Dental Trends to Avoid

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There are many different dental trends surfacing on TikTok, Instagram, and other social media platforms, but even though some of them may look cool or contain “natural” ingredients, they are not always healthy for you. In this post, we’ll take a look at dental trends you should steer clear of.

DIY Mouthwash

DIY mouthwash usually consists of baking soda, which is abrasive on your teeth, and essential oils, which can damage the enamel of your teeth if not properly diluted. If you are looking for a mouthwash that isn’t going to harm your teeth, you should purchase a mouthwash that has the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval. Any dental product with the ADA seal of approval has been thoroughly vetted by dental professionals, so you know they are great for your smile!

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient practice that involves swishing oil — usually coconut oil — around your mouth for 20-30 minutes. It supposedly helps draw out impurities from your mouth and whiten teeth, although there are no studies to prove its effectiveness. You are better off brushing your teeth twice a day with whitening toothpaste!

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice may remove stains, but because it’s highly acidic, it can actually cause more harm to your teeth than good. Acid erodes the enamel of your teeth, making it more likely for you to develop cavities and decay.

Activated Charcoal

Influencers use activated charcoal to whiten their teeth. Some people use activated charcoal as a toothpaste. Although activated charcoal can remove stains and make your teeth brighter, its abrasiveness will also damage your teeth at the same time. When your enamel gets scratched, it’s actually more likely to get stained!

Safe & Effective Dental Practices

You can’t go wrong with brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day (using ADA-approved products!), visiting your dentist twice a year, and cutting back on sugary and acidic foods and beverages to enjoy a bright and healthy smile. Unless your dentist suggests you try out a different type of treatment, it’s best to avoid it.

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