Released at the end of June, Drake’s newest album, Scorpion, is already breaking records. Long time fans of the Degrassi star-turned rapper won’t be surprised. The star-power of Drake is unquestionable. In just one hour of play, the rapper increased the usership of video game phenomenon, Fortnite, by millions of users, and has made several internet celebrities with just one re-tweet. However, there is one area where this influence has got a few dentists concerned: oral health.
In a recent Instagram fiasco, a fan commented on picture of Drake, calling his teeth dirty. Not one to take criticism lightly, the rapper responded by pointing out that he had a pink diamond embedded in his tooth, and also that he brushes “with activated charcoal before any club night.” Drake isn’t the only celebrity repping charcoal toothpaste or tooth jewelry, but both fads have been steadily increasing, which is concerning because of the damage they can cause.
The Low-Down on Charcoal Toothpaste
There are many out there that applaud the benefits of charcoal toothpaste. Some believe that it will produce whiter smiles, while others believe that it can remove harmful bacteria from their mouths. While many of these claims are scientifically unverified, the truth is that charcoal toothpaste can actually be harmful to your teeth. Although activated charcoal is used in the medical field to reduce the effects of poisoning or overdose, it’s best when administered by a medical professional.
Charcoal Toothpaste Side-effects
Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, and what keeps our teeth safe from decay. Unfortunately, it has one major weakness: acid. When are enamel constantly comes into contact with acidity, it can begin to erode, leaving our teeth vulnerable. This is what makes charcoal toothpaste dangerous. Charcoal toothpaste is abrasive, it can erode our enamel, exposing dentin and encouraging gum recession.
If swallowed, it can also produce some unwelcome side-effects, including diarrhea. But regular toothpaste is unhealthy if swallowed, too, so hopefully you know to spit out your toothpaste.
Tooth jewelry or diamond tooth implants are small stones that are attached to the surface of teeth using one of two methods. The first is bonding the stone to the surface of teeth using an adhesive. With this method, the stone sticks out of the surface of a tooth, and can be uncomfortable inside your mouth, cutting into your lip and collecting food particles. The second method is more risky, and involves drilling a small divot in the tooth, bonding the stone in a way that will be flush with the surface of the tooth.
Both of these methods can be dangerous, promoting gum disease and cavities by causing bacteria to accumulate. In addition, drilling away bits of healthy tooth matter is irreversible, and can severely affect that tooth’s structural integrity in the future.
Whether it’s charcoal toothpaste or tooth jewelry, celebrities don’t always promote the healthiest off habits. If you’re embarrassed by your smile, and are seeking a smile makeover, consider safer and more effective options like cosmetic dentistry.
To learn more about cosmetic dentistry in Valdosta, GA, please call (229) 242-5511 or email today for an appointment with Dr. Nelson Clements.