Do-It-Yourself (DIY) dental treatments have always had a complicated standing in the world of dentistry. Most DIY dental kits come in readily available packages, including instructions, materials, how-to videos, and other home remedies. A quick online search can find at-home attempts to close tooth gaps, straighten teeth, extract teeth, and even fill cavities. Although some kits like those for teeth whitening may show some promise, the Waco team cringes at some of the more dangerous DIY dentistry online. Although DIY dental kits may be a cheaper and more appealing solution for some, Waco Dental in Waco, TX wants to warn you that these treatments can go very wrong and lead to dangerous situations.
DIY Dental Treatments Only Offer Temporary Solutions
Many do-it-yourself dental kits are available to repair issues with your smile temporarily. The mistake many people make is relying on these treatments as long-term solutions rather than seeking the proper treatment. Taking matters into your own hands as permanent solutions can put you at risk of developing an infection, gum disease, or even tooth loss. When you use DIY dental kits always visit your dentist as soon as possible to ensure that your teeth remain healthy for as long as possible.
Do One Size Fits All Dental Solutions Really Work?
The time and cost of professional cosmetic dental treatments can have some people looking for quick and easy alternatives. Unfortunately, without the proper training and experience, many people will try a one-size-fits-all DIY dental treatment only to have mixed results and possible injury or sensitivity in the area. Clearly, one size does NOT fit all.
In some cases for dental issues such as teeth gaps and alignment, we have seen patients cause damage to their teeth, gums, and jaw. Fixing the new issues requires a combination of extensive treatments whereas fixing the original problem would have been more straightforward. Before you start any DIY treatment, discuss your options with Dr. Martin who can shine some light on the subject and give alternatives and resources to help you.
Why You Should Not Remove Your Teeth At Home
Parents must know baby teeth are very important to their child’s health and development. Those baby teeth help him or her chew, speak and smile. They also hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums. However, when the tooth starts to wiggle, parents often resort to DIY tooth removal methods such as tying one end of a piece of string to a loose tooth and another to a doorknob, then slamming the door. Let’s all agree that it is time to stop with the imaginative teeth extractions. Prematurely removing a child’s loose tooth can result in soft tissue damage or infection. Just let the tooth fall on its own and allow the body to complete the transition in its own time.
When it comes to adult teeth, tooth pain may be so severe that it becomes unbearable. Some DIY resources suggest pulling your own tooth with antibacterial steps to reduce the risk of infection. However, tooth extraction is a form of surgery, and any surgery comes with the risk of complications. Without the guidance and skill of a trained professional, that single home extraction can cost you thousands of dollars and hours of pain addressing it in the dental chair afterward.
When Should I Seek A Dentist’s Help?
There are some safe at-home options for certain dental issues like teeth whitening or temporary relief. If you are considering DIY oral care beyond regular brushing and flossing, do yourself a favor and have a conversation with one of our experts. You may be able to find a solution that encourages the changes you want to see, but in ways that are safe for your jaw, mouth, and gums. Remember, no amount of money saved through DIY dentistry is going to be able to offset the pain and costs of eventually having to correct these or worsened conditions in the dental chair. The Waco Dental team has years of experience in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry and can help you meet all of your dental goals. Call and schedule an appointment today at 254-754-3505 or visit our Waco, TX location.