You May Want to Avoid These At-Home Dental Trends

In recent years, the digital space has been flooded with a myriad of do-it-yourself (DIY) trends. However, some of these trends can be more harmful than helpful when it comes to dental health. The professionals at Torbram Dental, with expertise in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, provide some insights into six popular at-home dental trends you should avoid. (Source: Dentistry IQ, The 6 list: At-home dental trends to avoid, by Elizabeth S. Leaver, December 2, 2022, ).


The first trend on Elizabeth’s list is the use of DIY dentures. Torbram Dental explains, “Creating your own dentures may seem like an affordable solution for missing teeth, but it can lead to serious issues. Improperly fitted dentures can cause soreness, infections, and difficulty in eating and speaking. Opting for professional dental cleaning and restorative dentistry procedures ensures safe and long-lasting solutions for missing teeth.”


The second at-home trend Torbram Dental comments on is the DIY teeth straightening kits. They caution, “Teeth straightening requires careful planning and regular monitoring by a dental professional. Attempting to do this at home may permanently damage your teeth and gums. Always seek the advice of a professional in the field of cosmetic dentistry for a safe and effective solution.”


The use of charcoal as a teeth whitener is another common trend that’s best avoided. Torbram Dental shares, “Although charcoal is often promoted as a natural whitener, it can be too harsh and abrasive, potentially damaging the enamel of your teeth. Over time, this will likely lead to tooth sensitivity and cavities. Instead, consider professional teeth whitening treatments, which are safe and more effective.”


The fourth trend to be wary of is filing teeth to reshape them. The professionals at Torbram Dental warn, “DIY filing can lead to permanent damage to your teeth’s enamel and even cause tooth sensitivity and pain. Cosmetic dentistry experts can safely reshape your teeth with procedures like dental bonding and veneers.”


Next, the article discusses the trend of whitening teeth with a household product known as Magic Eraser. According to Torbram Dental, “Despite its name, a Magic Eraser is not suitable for oral use. It’s abrasive and can damage tooth enamel, leading to sensitivity and cavities. Not to mention it is a household item that is meant for cleaning. Therefore is filled with chemicals that should never be ingested. For a healthy smile, stick with a recommended toothpaste and regular professional dental cleaning.”


Lastly, there’s a trend called “oil pulling” for oral health. On this, Torbram Dental comments, “While oil pulling has been used for centuries in traditional medicine, it should not be a replacement for regular brushing and flossing. Oil pulling may help remove some bacteria, but it doesn’t remove plaque. Relying solely on oil pulling can increase the risk of gum disease and cavities.”


To summarize, Torbram Dental’s experts share that embracing DIY dental trends without professional consultation may lead to serious oral health issues. It’s crucial to remember that procedures like teeth straightening, whitening, or denture fittings are complex and should be entrusted to restorative and cosmetic dentistry professionals.


In conclusion, Torbram Dental advocates for professional dental cleaning, routine check-ups, and the appropriate use of professional dental products as the safest way to maintain oral health. So, next time you come across an alluring DIY dental trend online, remember to consult with a trusted dental professional before trying it out yourself.

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Simrit has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She started her career with Assisting/Treatment co-ordinating and then moved on to becoming the Hygiene Co Ordinator in 2005. In 2012 she took on a new role as the Marketing Director. Though she loved being the Marketing Director, in 2015 she became the Office Manager of Torbram Dental. She completed her Level 1 Dental Assisting program with Career Canada in 1996 and then went on to complete her Level II Dental Assisting Diploma with Southwestern Medix in 1999. That is when she received NDAEB Certification. Simrit has been and still is an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association since 2000. She enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband and two kids and loves to explore new restaurants, especially high-tea venues.

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Carrie has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She graduated from George Brown College in 1998 with a Dental Assistant Diploma and continued to further her education by completing a Dental Hygiene Diploma in 2001 at Durham College. Carrie is a highly trained and experienced Registered Dental Hygienist who continues to learn and grow by updating her knowledge to provide her clients with the best Oral Health Care techniques and information. Carrie is passionate about Dentistry and is known for her gentle and compassionate manner. She feels strongly about building lasting relationships and trust with her clients to help them understand that good Oral Health leads to good Overall Health. Carrie enjoys travelling, dabbling in decorating and a good Netflix series in her time off. Carrie resides in Halton Hills with her husband and two children.

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Daniela's interest in Dentistry began in Gr.6 when she wrote a speech entitled "My Life as a Toothbrush".
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Her thorough yet gentle touch will ensure a comfortable visit every time.
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