DIY Dentistry: Innocent Craze or Just Plain Crazy?

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The do it yourself (DIY) craze of refurbishing furniture and creating millions of things out of mason jars has also crept into the dental world. With the social sharing of ideas on sites like Pinterest, patients have access to limitless DIY solutions to all of their dental ailments. In Britain, 1 in 5 people say they would pull their own tooth if they couldn’t afford a dental visit. As dental professionals, how do you view the DIY craze? Here are just a few of the many DIY dental solutions patient’s are talking about:

Oil Pulling: Patient’s swish with coconut oil for 20-45 minutes and claim to heal cavities, decrease sensitivity and whiten teeth.

Teeth Whitening: Just add baking soda and lemon juice and you can have whiter teeth in no time!

Receding gums can be cured apparently with all kinds of oils. Myrrh, clove and sage to name a few.

DIY braces: No need for an orthodontist, all you need to straighten teeth are some elastic bands.

DIY fillings are all the rage when a trip to the dentist is not in the cards.


What do you think about the DIY dentistry craze?

Have you witnessed patients who claim to have ‘healed’ themselves? Or, have you had to fix a DIY gone wrong?  Is DIY dentistry dangerous or just a benign trend? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


2 Responses to “DIY Dentistry: Innocent Craze or Just Plain Crazy?”

  1. Neil

    The link to DIY braces seems to be pointing to the receding gums site.

  2. Dr. Joe Tagliarini

    It’s definitely important for people to understand how to best care for their teeth and gums. However, taking matters completely into their own hands is a little bit extreme. An even better approach is to visit your dentist regularly while taking care of your teeth on a daily basis.

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