The truth about homemade dental remedies
Homemade Dental Remedies v Professional Dental Care
Homemade, organic recipes for creams, cosmetics and medicines seem to be popping up all over the place. While the idea of homemade remedies can seem like a healthier option, when it comes to your health sometimes it’s best to leave it to the professionals.
At Access Dental Care in Perth CBD, Perth East and Bull Creek we want to get to the bottom of homemade dental products so that our patients can ensure that they are taking care of their pearly whites in the best possible way.
Breaking down homemade toothpastes
One of the latest trends is homemade toothpaste, but what really makes a good or a bad toothpaste?
While some home remedies use coconut oil, which some believe to be effective in protecting your teeth against bacteria, many homemade recipes suggest to use corrosive materials. The abrasive components often used in homemade remedies, such as baking soda, can potentially wear down the enamel on your teeth.
Another component that is missing in homemade toothpaste is fluoride. Fluoride is a natural mineral found in food and water which can help to strengthen teeth and potentially prevent tooth decay. At Access Dental Care we believe that fluoride can be helpful in order to restore some of the minerals in your teeth.
The hard outer surface of your tooth is known as ‘enamel’, which contains mineral crystals. Each and every day plaque, bacteria and sugars in the mouth attack your enamel, which over time can cause it to weaken. This weakening process is known as ‘demineralisation’.
Minerals such as fluoride, calcium and phosphate can be found in the food and water we consume. Fluoride is also found in most commercial toothpastes. The process of being exposed to fluoride can strengthen your teeth and is known as ‘remineralisation’. Thus, the lack of fluoride is an important factor to consider when making your own toothpaste.
Here at Access Dental Care we advise our patients to always consult a trained dental professional before opting to use any homemade dental remedies, especially if you want to keep your smile for life.
Oil pulling and teeth whitening at home
Before we get started, it is important to note that our dental professionals advise that oil pulling should not be used to replace your normal dental hygiene routine, nor should it stop you from regularly visiting the dentist. In saying that, some studies do suggest that oil pulling may be helpful for some people.
The phrase ‘oil pulling’ comes from the process of swishing oil around in your mouth to draw out bacteria and naturally whiten your teeth. As opposed to what you may hear, oil pulling is not a recent development. It has been around for about 3,000 years and finds its origins in Ayurvedic medicine.
While some people find oil pulling effective for removing bacteria and whitening teeth, patients should not expect the same results as visiting a dentist for a specialised teeth whitening treatment.
There are a number of other natural teeth whitening remedies cropping up across the internet; however some can actually cause damage and further discoloration to your teeth. In saying that, if you want to whiten your teeth from home, eating strawberries can help to aid in removing slight surface discoloration. This is because when eaten they release a malic acid; however this acid cannot address significant discoloration. If you want to use strawberries to keep your teeth as bright as possible it is still important to consume them in moderation as they are high in natural sugars.
Dental care in the hands of a trained professional
Our team at Access Dental Care recommends that you consult a dental professional before opting to use any homemade dental recipes. This can allow your dentist to discuss with you the precautions you may need to take and to assess the individual requirements of your teeth. While some home remedies may be suitable in addition to a stringent dental care routine for some people, other people’s teeth may be more sensitive and require more extensive care.
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Don’t leave your oral health in the hands of unpredictable and non-clinically approved home remedies.