At any point in time, you could Google “lose weight” or “natural health supplements” and you’ll come across a slew of new trends and magical products aimed at improving your quality of life without much evidence behind it. Typically, the benefits of these products are played up and no one really delves into the cons of incorporating these trends into your lifestyle – not all that glitters is gold!
So, we’ve looked at 3 beauty trends that are currently making rounds and how they affect your oral health.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Natural health experts recommend drinking Apple Cider Vinegar to cure the body of a slew of ailments. It claims to aid in weight loss, skin problems, bloating and boosting the immune system. What they don’t tell you is how acidic this concoction is, and how it corrodes the enamel of your teeth.
Apple Cider Vinegar is made from apple juice that has been fermented twice, which turns it from juice to vinegar. When transformed, Apple Cider Vinegar is a mix of probiotic, helpful bacteria and enzymes – things that are great for the body!
Unfortunately, Apple Cider Vinegar has a pH level of 3.075, which is on the very high end of the acidity scale. Enthusiasts claim that diluting it and rinsing the mouth with water after drinking will rid your mouth of corrosive acidity, but dentists have found this to be untrue – rinsing and diluting does not prevent Apple Cider Vinegar from damaging your teeth and leaving them weakened.
Activated Charcoal Toothpaste
Many celebrities and influencers have sung the praises of Activated Charcoal – and it has been used in many beauty and medical treatments for thousands of years. Due to its porous structure, activated charcoal is extremely absorbent and essentially, sucks toxins out of the body. It’s used in emergency rooms for poison treatment, and in health and wellness to detoxify the body. But how does it affect your teeth?
The activated charcoal absorbs toxins, bacteria, and lifts stains from the teeth leaving you with a cleaner, whiter and brighter smile. The downfall is that activated charcoal is extremely abrasive – so while it is detoxifying and cleaning your teeth – it is also destroying your tooth enamel and permanently weakening your teeth, making them more susceptible to cavities and a wide range of other dental problems.
Juice cleanses have long been praised as a way to reset the body, detoxify, lose weight, balance hormones and improve mood. Many celebrities swear by Juice cleanses and promote all sorts of combinations and convictions (including ones that contain charcoal).
A juice cleanse is essentially a detox – you live off nothing but fresh fruit and vegetable juice for a few days to rid the body of waste, toxins and your will to live.
Health professionals agree that these cleanses don’t deliver long-term results and are often more harmful than good!
The problem with juice cleanses is that surviving on nothing but juice for a few days will have negative effects on your hormones- insulin in particular. Typically, your insulin levels will spike while on a juice cleanse, and that will, in turn, change the way collagen is produced and retained in your body. The amount of collagen in your body affects your gums and weakens the overall structure of the gums.
Due to the ingredients in these juices, they’re also often highly acidic and end up corroding your tooth enamel, making teeth sensitive and susceptible to cavities. If you do decide to try a juice cleanse, or just incorporate fresh fruit and vegetable juices into your diet, using a straw to drink may lessen the effects of the acidity on your teeth.
Your teeth are important, and maintaining them should be a priority. These trends have amazing benefits for the body but can damage the teeth – damage that is not cheaply or easily repaired. Always practice caution when making lifestyle changes and when in doubt, call our Kloof street Dentistry Practice and we will advise and guide you.
If you are using Apple Cider Vinegar, Activated Charcoal or you’re on a Juice Cleanse, schedule an appointment so that our awesome Cape Town Dentists, JJ Serfontein can examine the state of your teeth and help you maintain the best oral health possible.