Dental myths debunked: Uncover the truth about your teeth!
Being able to identify the difference between popular misconceptions and scientifically proven facts can help maintain the quality of your oral health and overall well-being.
How do you know which is fact and which is fiction when it comes to taking care of your dental health? While some myths may be harmless, some could be dangerous to your health.
In this blog, we are busting myths about oral health and bringing you the correct way to treat your teeth and gums.
Bleeding Gums Are Normal – If your gums bleed while brushing or flossing, it is due to inflammation. The inflammation could be caused due to excessive plaque build-up, the onset of gingivitis, or any other gum disease. You must contact your dentist because of this.
Fluoridated water isn’t good for you – Fluoridated drinking water helps with preventing tooth caries or decay. Fluoridation is not known to cause any harm to babies or anyone for that matter.
Whitening damages your teeth – Most whitening techniques are considered safe these days, if it is done under the supervision of a dental professional or if you follow the instructions given by your dentist if you are doing the teeth whitening at home.
However, if you don’t follow the instructions, you will end up causing damage to your teeth.
Braces are just for kids – While more children than adults wear braces, it is not uncommon for adults to go through corrective dental treatment. However, instead of the obvious metal wires, adults opt for discreet plastic aligners that are not obvious and can be removed while eating, speaking, and brushing teeth.
You only need to go for a dental check-up if you have a problem – It is good to get a dentist to check your teeth even if there isn’t any problem. These check-ups will help the dentists to assess your oral health and determine if there are any potential problems they will have to take care of immediately.
The harder you brush your teeth, the cleaner they’ll be – Brushing your teeth too hard may cause more harm than good. The protective layer of your enamel could get eroded, and your gums can get worn down and even recede.
Dentists advise you to use a soft bristle brush and not apply too much pressure because brushing hard is not equal to cleaner teeth.
Gum disease only affects your mouth – Yes, your gums are in your mouth, but your mouth is the gateway to your body. So, any issues in your gums or any other part of your mouth can lead to problems elsewhere. For example, gum disease can lead to heart conditions and sometimes, even cancer.
Charcoal toothpaste is better for your teeth – While charcoal in tooth products have been trending, it is more important to ensure that your toothpaste has fluoride in it. Brushing with charcoal may be harmful to your teeth. Most charcoal toothpaste don’t contain fluoride in them.
No need to brush baby teeth – It is good to start your kids young when it comes to dental health. Learn the correct brushing techniques for your kid and teach them. Brushing twice a day prevents the build-up of plaque, and reduces the risk of decay, and gum disease.
Only sugar causes tooth decay – Eating too much sugar does cause decay but that is not the only cause of decay. Incorrect or the lack of brushing or flossing may also cause it. Also, starchy foods containing carbohydrates cause plaque to form, thus leading to cavities and decay.
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