Why DIY Dentistry Is a Bad Idea

Why DIY Dentistry Is a Bad Idea

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The first lockdown in March 2020 forced people to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. While emergency doctors’ appointments and grocery store visits were considered necessities, regular dental visits surprisingly weren’t. In fact, even dentists recommended people delay their routine visits until it was safer to step out.

Being locked up in their homes, people were trying to find DIY hacks to just about everything; and that included DIY dentistry as well. But trying to fix your dental issues by yourself isn’t nearly the same as trying to recreate KFC’s famous crispy chicken. While the latter could cause a burnt dish at worst, the former could lead to some serious consequences.

Risks of DIY Dentistry

Most of the DIY dentistry hacks that people have used during the pandemic can have very harmful side effects. They may cause you to develop an abnormal bite, get an infection, or even lose a tooth – all of which will then warrant an emergency visit to the dentist anyway.

This is because you cannot recreate a safe environment at home. When you go to the dentist, you are treated in a controlled environment using sterile instruments. Your bathroom or kitchen sink will never be as safe. This can expose your teeth and gums to harmful bacteria that can cause infections and lead to even worse issues.

While there are some hacks that may not be as harmful to your teeth, they still aren’t worth trying. They likely wouldn’t do you any good and will only lead to some wasted time and effort.

As scary as the dental chair can be, there is no substitute for it. Therefore, instead of wasting your time with DIY dentistry, visit an actual dentist who will be able to solve the issue more effectively without any unnecessary risks. If you live in Windsor, Greeley, Eaton, Ault, Fort Collins, Severance, or CO, visit Severance Dental for your next appointment. 

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