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Facts vs. Fiction: What Dental Fads to Avoid

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Sometimes it’s hard to resist a good trend, but it’s best to stay away from most dental trends out there. Here are some popular fads that are ineffective or even dangerous when it comes to your oral health.


You may have seen your favorite rapper wearing a shiny and expensive pair of grills and got inspired to do the same, but they can actually be pretty damaging to your teeth and gums. The materials in grills can erode at your tooth enamel, and they grills themselves can push on and irritate your gums. The truth is, it isn’t safe to put anything on, in, or over your teeth for the sake of decoration.


Brushing your teeth with charcoal is a popular trend these days since it is said to clean and whiten teeth naturally but it’s also very abrasive and can damage the surface of your teeth if you brush with it too much. If you still decide to attempt using charcoal, make sure that you’re using activated charcoal since the non-activated stuff is toxic.

Oil Pulling

Many people swear by oil pulling to clean and whiten their teeth—that is, the people who can can handle swishing coconut oil around their mouth for 20 minutes! While this ancient practice may help freshen breath, it is no match for regular brushing and flossing and can leave you developing cavities if you rely on this method of oral hygiene alone.

Tongue Piercings

Tongue piercings may seem cool, but the likelihood of them chipping or cracking your teeth just by repeatedly rubbing against them isn’t. They can also get infected and create issues with your gums.

There’s nothing better than brushing and flossing twice a day for clean, healthy teeth. Before you try out the latest dental fad, it’s best to get an expert opinion first. Our team at White Settlement Family Dentistry is here to help you have your best smile. Contact us to discuss any of your dental concerns or to schedule an appointment!

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