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Don’t Let These Trends Harm Your Oral Health

dentist EulessFashion fads can come and go but they typically don’t harm your health. Dietary and holistic trends, on the other hand, can cause damage – particularly to your teeth and gums. If you find holistic and natural health trends appealing, it is wise to consult with your physician and your dentist before giving them a try. Bear in mind that while information may appear to be legitimate, advice given from social media and digital sources may be harmful.

Apple Cider Vinegar

A number of alternative health experts promote drinking apple cider vinegar for weight loss, blood sugar control, and to boost immunity. While there is some evidence that using apple cider vinegar can lower blood sugar, most claims about this product that proliferate online don’t have science to back them up. Drinking apple cider vinegar is harmful to teeth because it is acidic. Strong acids erode the tooth enamel, which will ultimately leave teeth vulnerable to cavity-causing bacteria. If you begin drinking apple cider vinegar, it is strongly advised to dilute it with water.

Non-Dairy Milk

Many people choose to drink non-dairy milk for ethical or health reasons. If you consume oat, cashew, soy, or almond milk, be sure to select unsweetened varieties. Added sugar found in sweetened non-dairy milks could increase your risks for tooth decay.

Oil Pulling

In recent years, digital outlets have promoted the practice of “oil pulling” with claims that it improves oral health. This practice involves swishing coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes or so. While this practice isn’t directly harmful to your wellbeing, some sources claim that oil pulling can replace normal oral hygiene like brushing and flossing. The truth is that there is no replacement for brushing or flossing. If you decide to try oil pulling, continue to brush and floss as recommended. Following alternative health trends may be tempting but it’s important to always consider the source. If you ever have questions about supplements and holistic practices, be sure to bring them up with our team before trying anything new. If it’s time for a checkup or cleaning, call Bliss Dental to book your next appointment with our dentist.