Forgo the fads for dental fixes and turn to your partners in Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Charleston SC
The Internet has opened up a world of information for patients, yet not all information is created equal. A number of dental associations regularly issue alerts to patients, advising them on a multitude of fads they may have read about online or heard about from friends. Many of these trends have no place in oral health, as they can have dire consequences on your teeth and gums and overall wellness.
The American Dental Association, for one, has warned against the use of oil pulling. Proponents of this technique believe swishing around sesame, olive or other edible oils in the mouth can do everything from whiten teeth to remove toxins from the body.
The ADA reports there is no reliable scientific evidence to support the oral or overall benefits of oil pulling, be it for a reduction of tooth decay and cavities or detoxification. The potential dangers associated with oil pulling may come from it being used a natural alternative to tried and true methods of oral hygiene. The ADA and your friends at Mouth Carolina Dentistry still support the sage wisdom that has been handed down from generation to generation; there is no replacement for thorough brushing and flossing. Likewise, there is no substitute for professional cleanings and examinations to remove hardened plaque that otherwise can’t be removed with a toothbrush alone. With visits as prescribed by Dr. Greenberg and his team, problems can be identified and remedied early with appropriate treatment.
The American Association of Orthodontists issued an alert warning of the use of rubber bands or elastics to close gaps between teeth. While it may seem like a cost-effective option to reposition teeth slightly, the treatments that can be bought online are associated with damage to soft and hard tissues. For instance, the band has been known to shift. As it works its way down the sides of the tooth roots, the bone and gums can be destroyed and the tooth may eventually fall out.
To achieve desired results and minimize complications, any cosmetic or restorative techniques require the expertise of a licensed dental professional. Instead of buying into fads or glossy marketing for a quick dental fix, turn to your trusted professionals in cosmetic and general dentistry, Mouth Carolina Dentistry, in Charleston SC.Back to Dental Library Page