The Dangers of Do It Yourself (DIY) Dentistry

When it comes to do-it-yourself projects, its best to stick to simpler, non-life-threatening tasks like home improvement. Five out of five dentists recommend that you do not try to do-it-yourself when it comes to managing your oral health care. Why? The risks are plentiful and the gains (if any) are minimal at best. Before you pick up the DIY dental tools, read on to learn how you could be doing more harm than good to your teeth.

What is DIY Dentistry?

Do-it-yourself dentistry encompasses a few different techniques used in an attempt to improve oral health and/or improve the cosmetic aspects of the smile by oneself. This includes (but is not limited to) DIY teeth straightening, extreme whitening, deep cleaning and alterations using veneers.

People may try do-it-yourself dentistry for many different reasons, including to save money and avoid a visit to the dentist. In fact, DIY techniques tend to cost you much more in the long run due to self-inflicted infection, bone loss, and tooth loss. Because of the risks involved in do-it-yourself dentistry, the American Dental Association (ADA) recently published an article strongly discouraging anyone who wishes to attempt to do-it-themselves when it comes to dentistry.

How is DIY Dentistry Harmful?

Not only does do-it-yourself dental “treatment” leave ample room for unsupervised mistakes, but its negative consequences can cause a plethora of irreversible damage. Some of the following are common results of do-it-yourself dentistry:

  • Infection
  • Periodontitis (Gum Disease)
  • Bone loss
  • Tooth loss
  • Tooth decay
  • Abnormal bite
  • Jaw issues

Why is it important to visit the dentist in person?

Without the professional supervision of a dentist, how would you know if you were suffering from dental caries or gum conditions like gingivitis and periodontitis? The answer is simple. You wouldn’t. The only way to get a diagnosis is from a professional dentist and that requires making regular dental visits every six months. On top of that, your do-it-yourself technique could be damaging your teeth, gums, and bones but you wouldn’t know it, because that requires a dental examination, in person.

Visiting your dentist not only provides you with precise treatment, but also helps to prevent conditions such as gum disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay.  Your dentist can also evaluate and screen you for oral cancer, a life-threatening condition.

One major reason to visit the dentist is that teeth can’t heal themselves. If they are damaged or broken, they need to be repaired. Otherwise, you may end up losing those teeth. When it comes to your current dental health, it will never be less expensive or less painful than it is right now.

Why is state-of-the-art health care important?

New advances in technology are happening all the time, making it easier and more cost-effective to screen and treat oral health conditions. Advanced DDS offers state-of-the-art digital technology that allows all of our dentists to provide fast and accurate results as well as produce durable materials that last. Ask yourself if you would rather do-it-yourself or do it with safety and quality in mind. If your answer is the latter, schedule your dental appointment at 516-825-1100 for a dentist in Garden City, New York.

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