Do people use home remedies for dental problems? - Rising Sun Chatsworth
Posted: 30 Apr 2020 07:30 AM PDT
With dental practices closing or reducing their operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people might turn to home remedies for various oral health issues.
The results have been revealed in a recent DentaVox survey, conducted among 947 people globally in the period 20/10/2019 – 11/04/2020.
Which conditions responded best to home cure and how were they treated? Find out more key insights on the topic.
Most and least popular home cures
The majority of respondents in the survey have some experience with at least one type of dental home remedy. Herbs and medicinal plants are the most popular cure for 64 percent of people, while household chemicals (eg: soda bicarbonate, hydrogen peroxide) are the least used, according to ⅓ of survey participants.
On the other hand, the skepticism over the use of household chemicals is surprising in view of the versatile use of chemicals such as sodium bicarbonate. However, it is very likely to be a result of growing concerns over possible dangers and harmful effects.
Effectiveness and side effects of home treatment
Nearly half of respondents try out home therapies within the same day or even immediately after first oral health symptoms occur.
The findings may seem controversial at first glance. But, it is possible that home remedies are used in emergency cases before their first visit, or in combination with conventional treatment.
Conditions that best responded to home remedies
According to 54 percent of participants in the survey, therapy with herbs and plants was most successful in cases of bad breath.
With regards to the use of foods and oils, it seems that the opinion of respondents is opposite to that of dental professionals who deny oil pulling as ineffective if not dangerous.
Despite that some teeth whitening products may contain the same chemicals as part of the ingredients, professionals warn on the potential dangers of their use at home.
It is not surprising considering that alcohol has been used since ancient times to relieve pain. Whether effective or not as a short-term emergency solution, dentists remind that alcohol doesn't clean infection and therefore cannot be used as treatment.
With DIY dentistry on the rise in times when access to dental care is limited, as the current coronavirus lockdown, home remedies may seem as a promising alternative cure for dental issues.
Despite this, it is always best to consult your dentist when any symptoms of oral health issues occur.
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