Debunking Dental Myths

How much do you know about your teeth? Whether your answer is not much or quite a lot, it turns out that even the things we think we know about our teeth are often not even true. Because of this, we decided to take a look at the top 7 most common myths surrounding our teeth to explain why they aren’t true.

1. You can never brush too much.

Believe it or not, you CAN brush your teeth too much. Brushing your teeth too often can wear down on your teeth. Toothpaste especially can be quite corrosive if overused. The best method is to stick with brushing two times a day. Rinsing often is a positive alternative if you like to do more than the standard twice-a-day routine.

2. Brushing before a dental appointment will hide irregular brushing habits.

When you do not brush your teeth, your dentist find redness and bleeding from your gums during your cleaning. When you brush your teeth regularly, this will not happen. As a result, they know if you’re not doing what you’re supposed to.

If you are concerned that your gums are bleeding when you are start brushing twice daily, know this is normal and that it will go away quickly as your gums get used to it. If the bleeding does not go away though, you should contact your dentist.

3. Eating sugar harms teeth and causes decay.

Turns out, sugar is not the real reason for your cavity, so you can apologize to all of the candy you blamed for your filling. In fact, if you do not consume sugar, you will likely have the same oral hygiene issues that you would have if you did consume sugar.

Tooth decay actually results from a combination of bacteria, acid, and sugar in your mouth. When bad sugars combine with bacteria to produce acid, plaque builds up on your teeth, so it is important to know though that sugar, just like any food, can get stuck and irritate your gums.

4. Bleaching or whitening your teeth is damaging.

Why would a dentist offer a service that would be harmful to teeth. The answer is they wouldn’t. While you must keep in mind the importance of moderation, teeth bleaching or whitening is not harmful. The only common negative side effect from whitening is temporary increased tooth sensitivity.

5. Whiter teeth mean healthier teeth.

Everyone has their own unique tooth color that is healthy for them. While teeth should be more white than not, having white teeth does not necessarily mean healthier teeth. You can have teeth that are white and also have unhealthy teeth. The white color does not indicate a lack of cavities or infection.

6. You can relieve tooth pain by placing aspirin next to aching tooth.

This home remedy is entirely untrue. Aspirin only works when it enters your bloodstream. Therefore, in order to experience pain relief you must swallow and digest it. Simply placing the pill next to a tooth will have no effect. If you have tried this and felt better, the best explanation is that you are experiencing a placebo effect.

7. Bad breath means you don’t brush well.

You can be a religious brusher and still not have good breathe. While poor dental hygiene can be a factor, there are numerous other reasons for bad breath. This includes the foods you eat and illness. Both can have a negative impact on your breath.

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