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2 Home Remedies That Work - And 1 You Should Reconsider

Mother and son brushing their teeth togetherWith so much misinformation on social media and in the news, it’s hard to know what is the best approach to oral care. Your dentist in Chatswood NSW can give you the answers to some of the most popular questions out there.

Do home remedies really work to keep your smile healthy?

While nothing can replace good home care and professional check-ups and cleans, some at-home oral health practices can help you keep your teeth and gums healthy, or at least will not cause damage.

Home Remedy #1: Brushing Teeth with Baking Soda

Brushing teeth with baking soda can help remove plaque and whiten the smile. It is best, however, to use baking soda toothpaste that contains fluoride because baking soda on its own does not prevent dental decay. Plenty of commercial options exist. Choosing one with minimal abrasives will also protect the enamel.

Home Remedy #2: Oil Pulling

Some studies show that swishing coconut oil in the mouth for 10 to 20 minutes can have a beneficial impact on your oral health. Other studies find the results inconclusive. The good news is that if it works for you, none of the studies show any harm from oil pulling, as long as you are still brushing and flossing your teeth properly.

Avoid Brushing with Straight Charcoal

Brushing teeth with activated charcoal seems to be all the rage. Charcoal has been used since the Roman times to brighten teeth. One of the main problems is that the abrasive nature of charcoal can scratch away at the protective enamel covering the teeth. Over time, this can lead to negative oral health complications.

It is best to stick with modern toothpaste, which contains fluoride, and avoid overusing anything like charcoal or even some whitening toothpaste that can actually damage your pearly whites.

We welcome new patients and look forward to being your dentist in Chatswood NSW. Give us a call at Chatswood Dental Associates to learn more about looking after your smile and to book your next clean and check-up.

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