Going to the dentist can be scary, but that’s really only due to the fact we hear these crazy myths and rumors. Myths about going to the dentist, brushing techniques, what happens if you eat the wrong food or drink the wrong beverages. But just because you hear something, that doesn’t mean it is true.
Here are 7 myths about dental care:
It’s okay to drink diet sodas
Sugar-free sodas may seem like they are better for you, after all, they are sugar-free, however even though they lack sugar, they are acidic and can still damage your tooth enamel. Sodas can also cause tooth sensitivity.
Flossing can create space between your teeth
In some way, this may sound like this can happen. But it doesn’t. Actually, flossing prevents decay between the teeth by removing the food stuck in there, removing any potential, harmful bacteria. So, it may feel like flossing is creating space between the teeth, but in fact, it’s just clearing out the gunk.
You don’t have to worry about baby teeth
You may assume you don’t have to take care of your baby teeth (or your kid’s baby teeth), but baby teeth also create space for adult teeth to grow. If there are cavities found in a baby tooth and it is not corrected, it can cause tooth loss and result in a problem for the spacing of adult teeth. Plus, baby teeth are good practice for your kids to prepare for their permanent teeth.
White teeth are always healthy
Surprisingly, the color of your teeth doesn’t have much of a correlation to how healthy your teeth are. Just because your teeth are stained, it doesn’t mean they are unhealthy. These stains can occur from coffee, wine, or medications. However, just because your teeth are white, doesn’t mean you can’t have cavities or other issues. Plus, you can easily whiten teeth in an unhealthy mouth.
Brushing hard means cleaner teeth
It would make sense that this one would be true, it’s what our parents always told us, but actually, this is a myth. Brushing your teeth too vigorously can erode your tooth enamel and even irate your gums. In fact, because of the decrease in strong enamel, you will be at greater risk for cavities, decay, gum disease, and more.
Charcoal toothpaste is the best
If you ask the marketing team, they will say charcoal is better, after all, it sounds quite hip and flashy. However, charcoal toothpaste doesn’t provide much protection for your teeth and instead absorbs the protective properties that keep teeth strong.
It’s okay if your gums bleed
Sorry, but it’s not okay. When gums bleed, it’s due to inflammation and inflammation can happen when plaque builds up. In fact, it is contributing factor to gingivitis and gum disease.
And remember the definition of myth is a widely held but false belief or idea. And these myths are just that. The way to solve these myths and to get a clear answer? Easy, you go to your dentist and ask them. They are the professionals after all and that’s no myth.