There are many trends of a particular era that become very popular quickly, but may or may not have the staying power to remain relevant beyond a certain period. Pokemon Go was all the rage for a while, but we know how that turned out. Fidget spinners are quite popular now, but we’ll see how that goes.
When it comes to dental trends, there are a few out there with varying levels of effectiveness, some of which include:
Claim: ‘Perfect’ for stain removal and whiter teeth
This trend involves brushing teeth using an activated charcoal – the product comes as in capsule form or as a powder – mixed with water to create a paste which is then applied to a brush and used to scrub teeth. It’s believed charcoal can absorb tannins – these are the compounds found in coffee, tea and wine that stain your teeth. And it’s also claimed the gritty black stuff has the power to eliminate toxic bacteria which cause bad breath. It’s unclear if activated charcoal is safe as there are concerns that it may be too abrasive to use on your teeth and gums
Claim: Swishing oil around your mouth can improve oral health
The basic idea behind oil-pulling is to take a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil and use it as a kind of mouthwash. It’s an Ayurvedic procedure rooted in the belief that antimicrobial properties found in oil binds to toxins in the mouth and draws out bacteria. Gargling for 20 minutes is expected, after which you can spit out the oil, and any mouth nasties you may have lurking. (Emilia Mazza, dailymail.co.uk)
Before deciding to partake in any trend related to dental health (or your overall health) make sure to consult with a medical practitioner first. The best way to ensure that your oral health is where it should be is to brush, floss, rinse regularly and get check ups from your Ottawa dental professional. Schedule an appointment at Palladium Dental today!