Unfortunately, several cases of DIY dentistry have made their way into recent news, highlighting the dangers of trying to carryout dental treatment at home.While people may have seemingly valid reasons for avoiding a trip to the dentist, attempting any kind of dental procedure can be extremely dangerous and end up causing more harm than good.
Out-of-hours emergencies, cost and anxiety are just some of the factors behind people’s apparent choice to perform their own dentistry. Yet solutions are offered for each of these grievances and seeking out professional help is always the better option. Dentists are highly trained professionals who undergo many years’ training and for good reason. They would also rather patients discuss their concerns before doing anything that may cause further damage.
Of course we would always encourage people to take responsibility for their oral health. But this means keeping on top of day-to-day hygiene and, having regular check ups with their dentist.
One of the more common tales of DIY dentistry often involves people using superglue to fix broken teeth or dentures. While the logic may be there, so are the dangers. Namely, superglue is not safe enough to be used in the mouth, where there is risk of ingestion. It can also cause further damage to the natural teeth, resulting in breakage and a much more urgent trip to the dentist.
Fillings are another common problem where if they come lose people may try to put them back in using less conventional methods. There are home kits available over-the-counter, but these are simply intended as an emergency temporary solution – until you can get to the dentist. Fillings that are not properly placed can lead to bacteria making its way into the gaps, causing further decay.
In all instances DIY dentistry should be kept to brushing and flossing, and at the most, using a specialist kit to temporarily fix a filling. The rest is best left to the professionals, who will do everything they can to make your mouth a happier one.