There are plenty of do it yourself dental products on the shelves that claim to whiten and protect your teeth, but are these products really effective, or could they actually be jeopardizing the health of your teeth? In today’s blog, we take a look at what dentists think about some of the more popular DIY dental products.
DIY Dental Products
Here’s a look at a number of different products and teeth cleaning methods, and what our dental team thinks of them:
- Oil Pulling – Oil pulling is a fad that involves swishing coconut or sunflower oil around your mouth to help protect your teeth and brighten your smile. While it has been practiced in some circles for generations, there’s no evidence that it actually works to protect your teeth. You can skip this method.
- DIY Charcoal – A couple years ago, a popular trend on social media involved DIY whitening products that contained charcoal, and unlike oil pulling that doesn’t really help or hurt your teeth, these charcoal products, when administered incorrectly, can actually damage your teeth. We back the statement put forth in September 2017 in the Journal of the American Dental Association, which states that there is no evidence dental products containing charcoal are safe or effective.
- Teeth Whiteners – For the most part, over the counter DIY teeth whitening kits are safe to use, so long as you follow the directions on the packaging closely. If you’re going to choose a whitening kit, be sure to find one that has the American Dental Association’s seal of approval on the box. Better yet, ask your dentist for their recommendation when it comes to whitening products.
- DIY Aligners – You should be a little wary about products that promise to straighten your teeth if they come from a box, because every mouth is different, and you deserve an individualized plan to fix your smile. Talk to your dentist about all your teeth straightening options, because odds are you can find a solution that safely works with your smile and won’t break the bank.
- Mouthguards – This DIY dental product helps to protect your teeth instead of making your smile whiter or correcting your smile, but people often have questions about which mouthguard is best. As we explained in this blog, there are a few different types of mouthguards. A boil and bite is a better option than a stock mouthguard, but if you have dental hardware like braces, a custom mouthguard is your best bet. Again, it’s in your best interest to talk to your dentist about what mouthguard option may be best for your mouth before making a decision.
For more tips on DIY products, or to run an idea past your dentist, give Dr. Brooks and his team a call today.