Acclaimed dentists have recently spoken out against certain oral hygiene trends that actually hurt teeth instead of helping.
The Daily Mail reports the professional recommendations of several dentists on the efficacy of recent pseudo-science teeth trends.
The hot water and lemon fad may have health benefits outside of dentistry, but Dr. Ben Atkins, Trustee of the Oral Health Foundation and Manchester based dentist, warns that lemon’s acidity actually eats away at tooth enamel. This material, which oral health professionals work so hard to protect, could be eroded away by a simple habit like this one.
And what’s more, the teeth-whitening craze could be doing more harm than good for people’s pearly whites. Since 48% of the population isn’t happy with their teeth, and 64% cite discoloration as the reason, it is understandable that tooth whitening fads exist.
Charcoal toothpaste might make your teeth whiter, but like hot lemon water, it can damage your enamel. The intense abrasion of charcoal infused toothpaste certainly clears away stains, but prolonged use will weaken your teeth, according to Dr. Atkins and esteemed colleagues.
The Best Young Dentist Winner of 2016, Dr. Rhona Eskander, concurs with Dr. Atkins on charcoal toothpaste and sets her sights on righting misinformation on fluoride.
While it’s true that more than 65% of parents don’t know how much fluoride is in the bottled water they buy, Dr. Eskander doesn’t want you to worry.
“Flouride is the main protective ingredient in toothpaste. It prevents decay and counteracts the effects of decay forming, particularly if you eat a lot of sweets or fruit,” Dr. Eskander tells MailOnline. “You would need to consume a huge amount to have a toxic effect.”
Fluoride-free toothpaste does many of the same things as regular toothpaste, except for the most important one: preventing tooth decay.
The knowledge that dentists like Dr. Atkins and Dr. Eskander want to impart on the public can help you have the best dental hygiene health possible. Sometimes, though, it is hard for the voices of reason to be heard over the much louder rumor mill.
The need for dentists to speak out publicly about misinformation about their practice is an unfortunate truth of being a medical professional.
In fact, physicians to this day are still working to dispel the fraudulent study linking vaccines and autism.
It seems that medical misinformation is fairly common today, and though there is no immediate answer, the question is: Why?