Skip to main content

Beware of These DIY Dentistry Dangers

Dental Patient Philadelphia PA

If you have a toothache, you’ll do anything to get out of pain fast. When it’s late or over the weekend, most of us turn to the internet to find fast fixes for dental problems.

Unfortunately, a lot of DIY dental tips you see on sites like Pinterest are written by non-dental professionals — and may actually be dangerous for your teeth!

Here are some important DIY Don’ts when it comes to taking care of your smile.

Whitening with Strawberries, Peroxide, and Baking Soda

Acidic fruits and abrasives like baking soda can do serious damage to your tooth enamel if they’re used over and over. While your teeth might look whiter at first, it’s because the outer layer of your enamel is changing. With repeated use, you can actually thin your enamel and cause your teeth to look darker, not to mention change the natural flora balance of your mouth.

Gluing Your Restoration Back Together

Believe it or not, some people use super glue to fix their dentures or put a crown back on their tooth. No, super glue is not supposed to go in your mouth. But aside from that, the glue may actually permanently damage your restoration so that it can’t be repaired at all. It will save you money to see your Philadelphia dentist instead.

Re-Grow Cavities

No type of mineral, supplement, food, or oil pulling will cause tooth enamel to grow back. Enamel is a substance that doesn’t repair itself like bones do. Once there’s a cavity (hole) in a tooth, it needs to be physically cleaned out and filled with something like a white filling to prevent it from spreading.

Enjoy down to earth, honest dental care in Philadelphia at Dentists on the Square. Contact us today!

Posted on behalf of Dentists on the Square

Book an appointment

Our patients reviews

Dentists on the Square

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 83 reviews

  • Marianne M.

    Dentists on the Square is great. I’ve had a lot of work done, and they are by far the best practice I’ve been to. They are preventative in mindset, which makes a huge difference to minimize issues before they are large scale problems. The team collaborates and they are very attentive. And now I walk out after a cleaning with much whiter teeth! My hygienist is amazing!

  • Betty H.

    This was my best experience at a dentist office. The staff was AWESOME!!!!. I had some major dental work done and still the experience was wonderful. Thanks, Bonnie for the warm welcome.

  • Jackie E.

    DOTS is fantastic! I’ve been a long time patient and have referred many friends. Their staff and doctors are attentive, caring and always willing to sit down and plan out treatment and talk through your benefits. Thank you!

  • Heidi S.

    They actually have me excited to get implants. The staff is amazing and extremely kind. Very thorough and comprehensible, even with such a detailed process. Thank you!! I’m very happy to have been recommended to come here.

  • Candace V.

    I highly recommend! The staff is really friendly and nice. I had my wisdom teeth removed by Dr. Roberts and Vince and they are great. I was really nervous to have that type of treatment but they reassured me that I would be okay and made it a good experience. It is so worth it!

  • Angela B.

    My first appointment at DOTS was pretty incredible. I had a traumatic experience at my last dentist three years ago that resulted in my 1) developing severe anxiety around going to the dentist and 2) me putting off my dental health for a while. Everyone at DOTS was incredible and super supportive. Shoutout to the hygienist and dentists there that get their patients through the appointments with humor and professionalism. I think I might actually look forward to the dentist now!

  • Jake P.

    Incredibly knowledgeable and professional staff. Really pleased with my experience! This is now my go to dentist office.

  • Harry G.

    Everyone is very friendly, the office is very clean and well organized. I will definitely be returning for my dental work.

(215) 567-0110 Book an appointment