North River Dental Care

Dental Fads You Should Avoid

Every once in a while, a popular fad will come along that seems to sweep up everyone in its path. Whether it be clothing, home decor, language, lifestyle, diet, or personal care, after gaining a few years perspective, we’re often left wondering what in the world we were thinking. Today, our team at North River Dental Care wants to go over a few dental fads we recommend avoiding to protect your oral health!

Oil Pulling

Proponents of oil pulling assert that swishing oil (often coconut oil) in your mouth for twenty to thirty minutes can increase energy, rid the body of toxins, freshen your breath, whiten your teeth, and help draw plaque and tartar from your teeth. While this certainly sounds beneficial, oil pulling does not wholly deliver these claims in practice. Thus, it is not recommended by the American Dental Association as a replacement or supplemental oral care practice. An oral hygiene routine of gently brushing twice daily for two minutes with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing each day will help keep your teeth healthy and strong.

A jar of white coconut oil with a green string tied in a bow next to a cluster of coconuts, with a few cut in half

Lemon Juice

Many people have tried to whiten their teeth with a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda. However, lemon juice is highly acidic and can damage your enamel, the outer layer of your teeth. Although enamel is the hardest surface in your body, once damaged it cannot repair itself. Thinned enamel can lead to increased tooth sensitivity and tooth discoloration. If you want to whiten your smile safely and effectively, our professional teeth whitening delivers dramatic results!


It seems like activated charcoal is an ingredient in almost every kind of personal care product these days. But the American Dental Association has stated that there is no evidence that activated charcoal can whiten your teeth. In fact, it is incredibly abrasive and can easily damage your enamel, causing even greater discoloration! Do your smile a favor and steer clear of brushing with activated charcoal.

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If you’re unsure about any other dental fads you’ve heard about or want more information on how to properly care for or whiten your teeth, contact our office today!

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