We human beings sure are a strange species. We tend to brush off the things we usually need. We’re also quick to jump onto the latest craze, which tends to be anything but necessary. And when it comes to dental care, this is especially true—take a quick look at the spate of oral hygiene gimmicks that have come out recently.
But then again, it’s understandable. When someone says you need to brush your teeth or brush and floss, it’s that heavy sense of obligation that seems to deter us. But it’s not like we’re totally oblivious to dental care. It’s probably for this reason why some of us are attracted to the notion of oral hygiene gimmicks. What we lack in oral care routine, we tend to make up for using these miracle products.
Of course, this isn’t necessarily the most effective way to go about your dental care. Gimmicks, after all, are still gimmicks—and in some instances, they can do more harm than good. That said, this new year, how can you distinguish the oral hygiene gimmicks from the products that are actually useful?
If it’s an ingredient, do your research
One of the most common oral hygiene gimmick you’ll see nowadays is the ingredient-based one. Don’t get us wrong, though—there are some ingredients your teeth need to prevent oral health problems, such as fluoride. In these cases, the component isn’t so much a gimmick as it is a necessary element.
Activated charcoal is one such ingredient. Beyond dental care, you’re sure to find activated charcoal in different industries. It’s especially popular in the beauty community and in restaurants, which often serve up a dish or dessert with activated charcoal as the main ingredient. But while it does hold medical importance—particularly when it comes to poisoning—it’s not the best thing to brush your teeth with. As a matter of fact, it can stain and damage your enamel.
Bottom line? If an oral health product advertises a specific ingredient, be sure to do your research. Otherwise, it’s an oral hygiene gimmick that can cost you some health problems.
Know what your teeth really need
For your dental health, all you really need to do is brush and floss your teeth. And visit your dentist every six months. But we can get derailed sometimes. And when we do, there’s always that desire to compensate. It’s during that moment of guilt that we’re the most susceptible to those oral hygiene gimmicks.
Fortunately, there’s a way out of that rut. To prevent yourself from making a questionable purchase, sometimes all it takes is a little oral health knowledge. Make it a New Year’s resolution to get yourself acquainted with your teeth and gums. Or, more precisely, what their needs are. From there, it’s easier to see which oral hygiene products are gimmicks and which are the real deal.
Get a professional opinion
Finally, the best way to tell if a product is a gimmick or actually helpful is to consult your dentist. They’ll be sure to steer you away from those awful oral hygiene gimmicks. More than this, however, they can recommend some great products for your teeth and gums that can take your dental care routine up a notch. Not a bad way to start the year.