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Kaelen Felix Illustrates a Dental Health Article for 360 MAGAZINE

At-Home Dentistry: Dos & Don’ts

By Justin Lyons

What are some of the craziest things you’ve done with your teeth at home? Have you tied one end of a string to your loose tooth and the other end of a string to your front door, then slammed it to pull the tooth out? Have you used pliers to pull a tooth? How about bleaching your teeth?

With viral TikTok and YouTube videos popularizing these practices, healthcare professionals are reasonably and rightfully concerned.

Dentist and author of Age With Style: Your Guide To A Youthful Smile & Healthy Living Dr. Nammy Patel wonders why anyone would perform self-surgery and risk trauma.

“Even before the pandemic, some people were resorting to DIY measures while trying to be cost-effective, but many of these actions bring significant risk to the teeth and gums,” Patel said. “People aren’t realizing that while it may be interesting and cheaper to try these dental actions on their own, it’s going to cost you more money, time, and pain before the mistakes are corrected by a professional.”

She specifically cites three at-home procedures people have taken up after losing insurance or while staying home. You should NOT be trying these three things at home:

1. Pulling a tooth: Dr. Patel says to never do this yourself. It can cause cavitation and infections in the bone that used to hold the tooth. Dental tools are designed to clean the area and remove the tooth, and trying to pull your tooth at home can lead to a snapped root, infection and surgical procedure. Just don’t do it because it might lead you to the dentist’s office anyways.

2. Bleaching: Dr. Patel says bleaching can lead to gum damage, burning in the gums, gum recession, tooth loss, enamel damage and tooth sensitivity.

“Some of the people you see doing this on social media are using hydrogen peroxide purchased online that has many times the amount allowed in regulated online teeth-whitening products,” Patel said.

3. Filing: First of all, ouch. Second of all, Dr. Patel says you can remove too much of your tooth if you try to smooth rough edges or adjust shape. It can change the way you bite and even cause jaw problems, specifically TMJ disorders.

There is dental care you can provide for yourself at home. In fact, Dr. Patel encourages three things. You SHOULD be doing these things at home:

1. Make your own toothpaste: Dentists provide suggested lists of ingredients as well as lists of toxic ingredients.

“By making toothpaste yourself you can create a better product, one without dangerous chemicals, and it’s cost-effective, too,” Dr. Patel said, adding that her toothpaste contains coconut oil and other natural oils and spices like cinnamon and peppermint.

2. Make your own mouthwash: Over-the-counter mouthwash typically contains alcohol, which is bad for the gums and can dry the mouth. Dr. Patel’s mouthwash is composed of peppermint oil, On Guard, distilled water and salt.

3. Power up your daily oral care: Dr. Patel suggests a water flosser, as it reaches cracks and crevices that typical floss does not.

“It’s easier to use than floss and provides a deeper clean with a pressurized stream of water, which pulsates to blast away food particles and built-up plaque,” Patel said.

She also suggested using a sonic toothbrush over an electric toothbrush to eliminate more bacteria.

It’s important to be careful and knowledgeable when it comes to arm-chair dentistry. If you try to avoid a seat in the dentist’s chair, you might not have a choice if you cause damage irreparable without surgery.

To learn more about Dr. Nammy Patel, you can click right here.

Pine-Sol x COVID-19

By Justin Lyons

The United States Environmental Protection Agency approved Pine-Sol Original Multi-Surface Cleaner to be added to a list of disinfectants proven to kill SARS-Cov-2.

According to a press release from The Clorox Company, a third-party testing company found that Pine-Sol killed SARS-Cov-2 on “hard non-porous surfaces” within ten minutes of contact.

The entire list of approved disinfectants, including many others from The Clorox Company, can be seen by clicking right here.

The key appears to be glycolic acid, as it is listed as an active ingredient in killing SARS-Cov-2 by the EPA and is listed in the ingredients for Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner by SmartLabel.

The press release pointed out that 58% of black millennial women are essential workers during the pandemic, putting them on the front lines and, therefore, at high risk of contracting the virus.

40% of black millennial women also expressed concern about access to disinfectants that kill SARS-Cov-2, while over 60% are concerned about keeping their families safe, keeping themselves safe and their financial stability.

While things like bleach, disinfectant wipes and Lysol sprays remain in high demand and difficult to find, Pine-Sol could help the fight against COVID-19 inside homes.

Chris Hyder, vice president and general manager of the cleaning division at The Clorox Company, looks at Pine-Sol’s availability as an important factor.

“With a long-standing history of being a powerful cleaner and disinfectant, and the trusted brand choice within the Black community, Pine-Sol® Original Multi-Surface Cleaner now offers the clean families have trusted through generations with the protection they need right now against the spread of SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,” Hyder said. “We hope this new Pine-Sol® kill claim will increase access to disinfectants that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

The Clorox Company’s press release also explained the most effective way to use Pine-Sol on household surfaces.

First, apply Pine-Sol with a clean sponge or cloth to the surface. Then, wet the surface and allow ten minutes to kill SARS-Cov-2 before finally rinsing area. The Clorox Company also advised removing excess dirt and dust with a pre-clean prior to using Pine-Sol.

The EPA’s list of approved disinfectants says additional products may be effective against SARS-Cov-2, and they will update their list as needed. They also advise following the directions on all product labels for safe and effective use.

It is possible that products not on the list could work against SARS-Cov-2 if it has an EPA registration number and lists human coronavirus as a target pathogen.