DIY dentistry

DIY Dentistry: Is It Safe?

DIY products are becoming more common as more recipes and trends become known through social media platforms. Although some DIY products can be beneficial in saving you money, recycle materials around the house, or repurpose objects. We want to think twice before using DIY products for your health.

One of the most popular DIY products we hear about is related to dentistry. However, is do-it-yourself dentistry good or bad for your oral health? Just because something says, it is good for your teeth does not necessarily mean it is safe. We have to consider the overall health of our teeth and mouth when addressing a dental problem.

DIY Products

Some of the most common do-it-yourself products we hear about and try are ones we don’t think are harmful since they might be producing results. Below is a list of what is commonly used

  • Charcoal toothpaste
  • Homemade Toothpaste
  • Straightening kits
  • Bruxism devices

Even though homemade toothpaste allows you to have better control of the ingredients, the substances used to make your toothpaste is missing one essential component, fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral benefiting our teeth and keeping it protected from cavities. Fluoride is not a substance you can purchase at any store. Not to mention some of the ingredients used for homemade toothpaste like lemon juice and baking soda can be damaging to our tooth’s enamel.

With kits or devices meant to treat more serious dental problems like orthodontic issues, it can pose a problem. Even though it can be a less expensive option at the moment, it can become a costly and extensive treatment. Do-it-yourself treatment is not the best form of treating an obvious dental problem without knowing the depth of the issue and your overall oral health.

Benefits of Visiting the Dentist

We know our schedules can get busy, and finding the time to visit the dentist can be a constraint. However, blocking some time to see a dentist comes with many benefits that outweigh the expenses and the time spent at their office. A dentist is better equipped and trained to examine our teeth. They can

  • Examine your oral health thoroughly.
  • Determine if there are dental problems that need addressing immediately
  • Assess whether your teeth can undergo specific dental procedures and which is the best option for you.
  • Direct you to a treatment coordinator to develop a treatment and financial plan that you agree with.

A dentist is better suited to treat your oral health since they can have a better understanding of your dental conditions and health. They are there for you when you have questions or concerns. If you find yourself busy, well you are in luck, our dental offices are open late and open on Saturdays. To make a consultation with one of our dentists, you can call us at 801-747-8000 or fill out our appointment form.

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