SOCIAL media is full of healthy and well-being trends.
Whether it’s “what I eat in a day” videos or quick training reels, it seems like there really is something for everyone.
But one expert warned that some of these trends could actually be harmful to our teeth healthy.
Dr Khaled Kasem, Chief Orthodontist of Orthodontic Chain Impressed said in the age of live hacks and well-being trends, it can be difficult to determine the truth from the fantasy when browsing the internet for health tips.
He said there are five in particular that could damage your teeth and cause you pain.
1. Lemon water
We’ve all seen the videos come out Tik Tok focusing on the benefits of lemon water.
It can help hydrate you, is a good source of vitamin C, and can also maintain skin health and aid digestion.
But Dr. Kasem said drinking too much could damage your teeth.
“Lemon juice is very acidic and can erode enamel, making your teeth susceptible to gums and decay over time.
“Therefore, if it’s one of your daily rituals, it’s best to drink it through straw to help protect your teeth.
“If you show any signs of mouth ulcers, leave it all together as the acidity can cause irritation and inflammation,” he said.
2. Apple cider vinegar
Many influencers swear by apple cider vinegar for its detoxification and weight loss benefits.
But because of its high acidity, drinking a lot apple cider vinegar can not only damage your teeth, but also upset your stomach and throat in the process, Dr Kasem said.
He explained that, like lemon water, high levels of acid can directly cause erosion to your tooth enamel.
“Without this protective layer, your teeth are open to the dangers of decay and constant staining.
“Before trying apple cider vinegar, consider whether it’s worth endangering the color and overall health of your teeth,” he added.
3. Coal toothpaste
One teeth whitening a hack taking over the internet is charcoal toothpaste.
Dr. Kasem said that while it may temporarily brighten your smile, the truth is that it can do more harm than good.
“Coal toothpaste lifts a light surface of stain, giving your teeth a temporary shine, however it can be abrasive and damage the enamel of your teeth.
“If the particles get stuck in the cracks in your enamel, it can cause your teeth to crack and can result in an expensive trip to the dentist – not ideal when you’re looking for that Hollywood smile.”
Instead, Dr. Kasem advises using a standard whitening toothpaste which will temporarily whiten your teeth.
“If you’re hoping to achieve a consistently brighter, whiter smile, it’s best to consult a dental professional because it will not only be much more effective, but also safer,” he said.
4. Juice cleans
Videos advertising “eating clean” are everywhere – and that includes juice cleans.
However, Dr. Kasem said that although they could help you get your five-day, they could damage your mouth.
“Drinking juice directly allows sugar to grow and get stuck in the cracks of your teeth.
“Over-exposure to juice can lead to complications such as cavities, crumbling molars and even tooth decay, so if you want to try juicing, be sure to do it as part of a balanced diet between solids and liquids,” he said.
5. Smaller meals, more often
Many people have noticed the benefits of eating small meals every few hours, but doing so can risk your teeth, Dr. Kasem said.
He said the shorter break between meals gives your mouth less time to destroy the foods you just ate.
This results in an accumulation of bacteria and acid on your teeth and gums. Overexposure to this can result in cavities.
“We would always recommend eating three meals a day when possible, brushing once after breakfast and once after your dinner, because eating little and often without a big break and cleaning up increases your chances of developing tooth decay and even gum disease.” he added.
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