Even in this modern age, filled with information overload, and countless technological advances, common dental myths are still floating around. Sometimes, people pass down incorrect information simply because it is what their parents told them. But what if the dental facts your well-intentioned folks were given were wrong?
Common Dental Myths
By believing that common dental myths are indeed dental facts, you may be putting your oral health at risk. Let’s examine three potentially harmful untruths, and put these dental myths to rest.
The harder you brush, the cleaner your teeth will be: By brushing forcefully and/or using a hard-bristled toothbrush, you are putting your teeth and gums at risk for damage. Hard brushing wears down the protective enamel and leaves teeth more vulnerable to decay, and teeth sensitivity. You can also wreak havoc on your gums, putting you at risk for gum recession and a host of other issues. Instead of working harder, brush gently with a soft-bristled brush.
If you are not having any dental problems, and your teeth look good, there is no need to visit your dentist: This common dental myth is one of the main reasons people neglect to keep up with routine cleanings and oral exams. But, regardless of your health condition, to maintain healthy gums and teeth, it is important to visit your dentist twice a year, or as recommended by preventative care. Regular dental exams allow your dentist to screen for signs of gum disease, tooth decay, oral cancer, and other diseases that affect your overall health.
If you eat a lot of sugar, your teeth will rot: Sugar is not great for the condition of your teeth and mouth, but it is not how much sugar you eat that causes harm. The problem is how long you let it linger on your teeth and gums. Mouth bacteria love all the carbohydrates and sugars you consume. If you eat sugar-laden foods or treats, plaque bacteria quickly build up on your tooth surfaces. The quantity doesn’t matter; bacteria will accumulate whether you overindulged or just had a few sugary bites. To protect your oral health, rinse out your mouth immediately after eating anything sweet.
Knowledge is power, and in this case, you now have the power to properly care for your teeth and pass down dental facts to your loved ones. Don’t be swayed by misconceptions; always seek out the truth. You will be glad you did and your mouth will be much healthier for it.