Why you should never put dry shampoo on your teeth

When it comes to tooth decay, dry shampoo isn’t exactly the best choice. 

In fact, there are so many other alternatives out there, and they’re not all bad, according to researchers at the University of Washington.

Here’s why: 1.

The shampoo doesn’t kill bacteria.

The way bacteria digest and break down certain types of food can cause tooth decay. 

Scientists know that a lot of bacteria live in the oral cavity.

When we eat foods containing bacteria, it makes it easier for bacteria to grow and thrive. 

If we leave these microbes in their natural environment, they’ll likely live off of the food for decades, and eventually develop into harmful bacteria. 

“It’s a very, very common thing to see tooth decay in people who are on oral health medications, people who have oral diseases, and people with a lot more oral health problems,” says Dr. Michael Meeks, professor of oral medicine at the UW School of Dentistry.

“And we have a good idea how to get rid of that in a healthy way, so we think we’re really at the point now where we’re at a point where we can really start to eliminate the problem.”

So why not just buy a whole bottle of shampoo instead? 

“We don’t really know how much damage this can do,” Meeks says.

“The reason we don’t know how long it can live is because we haven’t really studied that.

So there’s a lot we don, at this point, know.” 

2.

It might be less effective.

The reason there’s such a difference between what people use to clean their teeth and what they use to shampoo their teeth is because there’s no scientific proof that dry shampoo really kills bacteria.

“The most likely cause of bacterial infection is to the mouth itself,” says Meeks.

“It’s the bacterial growth that leads to tooth erosion.”

So in that sense, dry shampoos might be more effective than regular toothpaste or toothbrushes. 

3.

It’s not necessarily better than regular shampoo.

Regular shampo is the product you use to wipe your teeth, so it’s good at killing bacteria, but it doesn’t contain enough of the ingredients that dry shamps have in them.

“So if you want to clean your mouth with dry shampoo, you might not have as much time as with regular shampoo, so you may have to do a little bit more cleaning and then you might have to use a little less shampoo,” Motses says. 

4.

Dry shampos are cheaper.

A lot of people who buy dry shampoo may be using it to clean the inside of their mouths, or as a cleaning product. 

But there are also a lot fewer ingredients in dry shams, so they’re more likely to be a good value for people who don’t have to clean as often. 

5.

They’re less likely to cause toothache.

“When you’re using dry shamos, you’re not just cleaning your teeth,” Moes says.

“You’re really cleaning the teeth.”

So the less likely you are to develop an infection, the less you’ll need to worry about. 

6.

They don’t cause problems when people rinse their teeth.

“In terms of tooth decay and bacterial infection, there’s actually no evidence that it affects people when they’re rinsing their teeth, or when they rinse their mouth,” Mews says.

Meeks says it’s very important to remember that, when it comes down to it, dry cleaning is really about taking care of your mouth.

“People are using dry shampoo because they’re doing it for cleaning their mouths,” he says.

But, “dry shampoo is a product that is actually going to be killing bacteria and damaging your mouth.” 

7.

It can also help you lose weight. 

Because dry shampoo is water-based, it can also work as a weight-loss agent. 

Studies have shown that dry and regular shams can work together to help reduce the weight of people with obesity. 

8.

They can also prevent gum disease.

Researchers at the Seattle-based National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders found that the amount of bacteria in dry shampoo was about 10 percent lower than that of regular shamps. 

9.

Dry shampoo can help reduce your risk of dental caries.

Researchers found that people who use dry shamy are less likely than people who wash their teeth in regular shamy to develop dental cariousness.

“Dry shampoo actually seems to help to prevent dental carics in people with oral health conditions like diabetes, asthma, and COPD,” Merses says, adding that it also may help prevent plaque from forming in teeth.

“This study really showed that it helps reduce the amount that people are going to have to have their teeth cleaned.

So it’s a really, really good thing.” 

10.

It may even help your immune system.

Dr. Meeks said