Gimmicks are a part of every industry. These products are used to attract attention, make consumers buy, and make companies money. The real question is – do the products really work? Some companies speak highly of a product, but most consumers do not achieve anywhere near close to the same result – even when instructions for use are followed.
Teeth Whitening Kits
Teeth whitening kits are one of the biggest gimmicks in the dental industry. Some do work, but over the course of several months. What some users do not realize is that the bleaching compounds in these products can do more harm than good by weakening/damaging the enamel of your teeth. Prolonged use of teeth whitening kits is not suggested.
Most sensitive toothpaste brands claim to fill in damaged enamel and strengthen your teeth to make them less sensitive to hot and cold items. Some also claim to show results within a couple of weeks, this is likely the case as most take several months for results of any kind to be noticeable. The amount of toothpaste used and the amount of time it is actually on your teeth do not allow the compounds to make much of an impact in just 2 to 5 minutes of brushing per day.
Low-Dose Dental X-rays
X-rays are important in the dental industry. Questions surrounding the amount of radiation required for a single x-ray exist, so some dentists are working to implement a low-dose x-ray system, similar to CBCT type imaging. These x-rays can cost more than traditional options, and in some cases, may cause issues with billing your Cigna dental insurance provider due to the increased cost. The question is – is such brief exposure to a regular dose of radiation harmful enough to distinguish a real difference between a traditional dose and a low dose of radiation?
Extended Protection Mouthwash
Mouthwash is something that should be used at least two times daily. After eating and drinking multiple items, some containing acids or preservative chemicals, can reverse the cleanliness of your mouth. With some products claiming to protect your mouth for a full 24-hours, it is unlikely to be true. Dentists suggest using mouthwash twice daily, meaning using mouthwash once in a 24-hour period is insufficient.
Some Electric Toothbrushes
Electric toothbrushes claim to make your mouth cleaner. This is only the case when you use the brush correctly. Instructions for brushing are typically not provided. You must use the proper angle and start near where the gums meet your teeth to brush effectively. Faster moving bristles do nothing for your mouth if you are not using the proper technique. Many consumers think that electric toothbrushes do most of the work for you – this is not the case.
There are dozens of dental product gimmicks that help companies make money. Not all of the products marketed do what they claim – or at least not in the time frame claimed. It is a good idea to discuss all dental products with your dentist before using them.