Not all Beauty Advice is Good Advice!

With the rise in digital communications and social media we have access to more information than ever before. This is particularly true when it comes to health and beauty advice with celebrities and “influencers” extoling the virtues of the latest products. The problem with this is knowing what information to trust as some of the beauty trends can be harmful to your teeth!

Natural toothpastes have become popular but often contain little, if any, fluoride – to prevent tooth decay The British Dental Association (BDA) recommends toothpaste containing 1350-1500 parts per million (ppm) fluoride.

Charcoal toothpaste is one of the more recent products said to have teeth whitening properties however there is no evidence to support the claims and dental experts are wary about the abrasiveness which could erode the enamel that protects teeth.

Other celebrity-led fads include drinking apple cider vinegar and swishing with ayurvedic oils – again there is little evidence to support any health benefits and, whilst oils are unlikely to cause much harm, vinegar is an acid and is damaging to enamel.

Teeth whitening is now part of the mainstream but access to online products means that there are much higher risks associated with this trend. The maximum concentration of hydrogen peroxide allowed in a consumer whitening product in the UK is 0.1 per cent whilst dentists are allowed 6 per cent. Online kits can often contain much higher amounts than this which is why it is important to go to a qualified dental professional for any of the more effective teeth whitening treatments.

If you have ever wondered How Can I Make My Teeth Whiter?, Where Can I Get Teeth Whitening? or Where Can I Get My Teeth Whitened in Renfrewshire? read our blog article.

If you would like to speak to one of our expert team about trustworthy products and services call us on 01505 704969 or come and see us at Kilbarchan Dental Practice.