When you’re investigating ways to live a healthy lifestyle, one of the steps many people consider is transitioning to products based on materials that are perceived as being more ‘natural.’ For some people, this choice is made due to sensitivity to traditional products, while others are trying to reduce their impacts on the earth. If you’ve been considering investigating natural dental products, you’ve probably wondered if they’re as effective as traditional options. We’re going to explore some of the increasingly common natural dental products and the ingredients they contain and explore their efficacy and safety.
Waterpiks are one of the least controversial forms of natural dentistry and are an effective replacement for flossing. A Waterpik is a specialized piece of at-home dental equipment that emits a jet of pressurized water that can be used to eliminate plaque, tartar, and debris from your teeth. Research has shown that water picks are actually more effective than flossing. In addition, those concerned about certain ingredients found in some floss can rest easy that they aren’t present in your water.
Charcoal Based Products
Activated charcoal is well-known for its toxin trapping effects, making it common in water-filters and various medical practices. It has even been found to trap tannins, a substance common for stains in coffee, wine, tea, etc. This discovery, combined with its mildly abrasive texture, has made it a popular additive in various natural dental products. You’ll find charcoal added to natural tooth whiteners, toothpaste, floss-picks, and a variety of other dental care options. Charcoal is safe, though the texture and flavor it adds to products may make it unpleasant for some. What is known is that these products tend to take longer to produce the same results as traditional methods.
Oil pulling, the act of taking natural oils such as sesame oil and holding them in the mouth with the intent of extracting toxins, has been highly controversial. Among the concerns that oil pulling has been used to treat is gingivitis. Initially, there was little evidence available to confirm or contest the efficacy of this form of treatment. Subsequent research has shown that when used properly and consistently, positive effects on oral hygiene are, in fact, possible. It is no way a fully effective replacement for dental therapy and regular dental care, but it can certainly help you keep your mouth healthy and happy. The most important thing to remember when doing oil pulling is to not swallow any of the oil.
If you’re considering adding natural options to your oral healthcare routine, and want help making the best choices to protect your oral health, call Dentistry of Miami today. Dr. Eduardo Solorzano and Dr. Randy L. Furshman help patients in the Miami, FL area make healthy decisions for their oral health through patient education. Just call today to make an appointment, and our office staff will help you get ready for your first visit. Bring your favorite dental products, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions about them!