4 Heath Trends that Concern Dentists
Open your monthly magazine or search the internet for tips on healthy living, and you will be bombarded by health trends that offer a natural alternative to staying fit and healthy with minimal side effects. While this may be true and the benefits may be nothing short of tempting, a few of these new health crazes may affect the condition of your teeth if you do not have a good oral hygiene routine.
Here are 4 potentially dangerous trends to look out for:
- Apple cider vinegar:
Common for weight loss, cleansing and for flu remedies, apple cider vinegar is highly acidic which means it is a risk to your teeth. Many people have taken to using the vinegar as a mouthwash to aid in removing stains. The truth is that when it comes to your mouth, the benefits may be short-lived because of the high levels of acidity found in the product. The vinegar is formed by apples, which are fermented twice and can weaken your tooth enamel, eventually wearing it off. This can lead to cavities, gum disease, tooth decay and a number of other oral concerns. If whiter teeth are what you are after, a good tip would be a consult with your dentist, who will make you aware of the risks and what could be a good and safe option for you to reach your goal.
- Lemon water:
Also dubbed as a weight loss super fruit, lemons are high in vitamin C and can be used to ward off infections, heal your body and aid in your diet. The bad side is that lemons also contain a high amount of acid with basically weakens your teeth enamel making it easy to be stripped off. We recommend that lemon juice be diluted with water and consumed with a straw to reduce potential damage to your teeth. After eating or drinking highly acidic foods, you should avoid brushing your teeth for at least 30 minutes. Rather rinse with warm water.
- Juice Cleanses:
A new detox trend is juice cleanses which many health experts have two minds about. We dentists, however, have our own concerns, mainly pertaining to the effect it may have on your collagen levels. It has been found that juice cleanses increase insulin levels, which changes the way collagen is produced and retained in your body. The amount of collagen in your body, in turn, affects your gums and weakens its structure. Aside from this, most juices are high in acidity and contain large amounts of sugar. This is concerning as your gums are the tissue which surrounds and protects your teeth. Infections, decay and sensitivity are just a few of the problems that may arise as a result of a juice cleanse.
- Charcoal and fluoride free toothpaste:
In the past, people used charcoal as a natural teeth whitening agent. It has since made a comeback and has become an alternative to fluoride toothpaste. The reality is that fluoride helps fight against bacteria and improves your overall oral health. Charcoal toothpaste may deliver on its promise to whiten and brighten your teeth, but it lacks the ingredients that will fight against tooth decay.
Visit your dentist for professional oral care
Many health trends come and go, so our advice is that when in doubt: brush, floss and visit your dentist for professional oral care that you can trust. We are not disagreeing that these health trends work, we are simply saying that if you are considering using any of these products, to pay extra attention to looking after your teeth!
If you have any questions or are concerned, contact a member of your team today!