When it comes to our health, there will be some misconceptions we often believe that hold no truth. At least that’s the case when it has to deal with our oral health. Why does it matter? Some of the misconceptions we take to be true can cause more harm to our teeth than we think.
Whether we practice or believe these misconceptions of our oral health, here are seven common myths we hear about teeth. Find out why we shouldn’t be quick to take them to heart.
Myth: The Harder You Brush, The Cleaner Your Teeth
You would think that because you are scrubbing your teeth harder, the cleaner they will become such as when you scrub the title or counter. On the contrary, instead of making your teeth any cleaner, you are only harming your teeth.
Brushing your teeth too hard or using a firm toothbrush can wear your tooth down by eroding the enamel that protects the inside of the tooth and even the gums. When you are too abrasive with cleaning your teeth, you make your teeth more vulnerable to sensitivity and having dental problems. Dentists recommend you not press too hard against your teeth and to use a soft brush which is less harsh on your teeth and gums.
Myth: You Should Brush After Every Meal
The reasoning behind brushing your teeth after every meal is straightforward in wanting to remove leftover food or protect our teeth from tooth decay. However, before you get your toothbrush ready, you want to wait awhile.
When we eat, our teeth are undergoing harsh movements as they break our food down and chew it. During this time, our teeth become vulnerable temporarily. So when you brush after a meal, you may wear off some of your tooth enamel. Besides, the process your mouth goes through as it begins to digest the food has a purpose of breaking down it down and washing any food particles, remember our saliva is a line of defense to our teeth. Not to mention, the dentist recommends you brush your teeth twice a day. There is no need to be continually brushing.
Myth: Stop Flossing Your Teeth If They Bleed
Spotting blood is a flag of alertness, in this case, when we see blood in our teeth due to flossing, we find ourselves stopping and not trying it again. We get it; no one wants to make themselves bleed.
However, because your gums bleed doesn’t mean you should stop flossing. Our gums can bleed due to inflammation. Inflammation is caused when there is bacteria build-up causing the swelling and the reason for the bleeding. If you don’t floss daily but ever so often or twice a month, there’s the problem. Flossing on a daily basis will help reduce the plaque and bacteria build-up along with the bleeding. Another reason our gums can bleed is we are too rough when flossing. We want to be gentle and if you need tips on flossing ask your dentist or dental assistant for some suggestions.
Myth: Sugar Is The Cause Of Cavities
Even though sugar does cause cavities, we can put all the blame on the sugar. Aside from the candy, there are other forms of getting tooth decay. Carbohydrates are another source of food to the bacteria found in our mouth.
Carbohydrates are as harmful as sugar since it lingers in our mouth and is broken down to simple sugars. When it is broken to sugar, the bacteria then starts to produce acid resulting into wear and decay. Doesn’t necessarily mean sugar is the only cause of cavities. Other foods we eat on the regular can cause tooth decay such as chips, crackers, or white bread to name a few. Just make sure you rinse your mouth with water or floss after eating.
Myth: A Toothache Means You Have A Cavity
Toothaches to us can mean we have a cavity, but it isn’t the case all the time. We can have pains for various reasons some more serious than others. But cavities aren’t the only dental problem to cause toothaches.
They can result from grinding your teeth, sinuses, impacted teeth, misalignment, or gum disease. Before you diagnose yourself, visit the dentist to find out what is the primary cause of your toothache. Most of the time, dental problems are no visible to our eyes which is why we recommend getting a dental check-up to verify it isn’t a severe problem.
Myth: Don’t Need To Fix Baby Teeth Since They Fall Out
We know baby teeth are only temporary fillers until our adult teeth come out which is why we come to think they don’t need to be fixed or check. However, our baby teeth no matter how long they’re with us, they still play a role in our oral health.
If we neglect a need for dental treatment on a child’s tooth, it can later affect their adult teeth which are permanent. This can happen through purulent inflammation. When it comes to caring for the baby teeth of your child, we want to ensure we brush them and teach them to practice good oral hygiene.
Myth: White Is A Natural Teeth Color
Teeth are not white naturally. Not everyone’s teeth are the same. Many factors determine the color of our teeth such as the thickness and enamel shade, not to mention there can be health problems which affect the coloring of our teeth.
You can have healthy teeth and have them be an off-white or a bit yellow. In general, our teeth fall in a yellow spectrum and is dependent on our enamel. You can have a thick and lighter shade of enamel which reflects the lighter shade of teeth color, but it doesn’t mean it is the natural color of our teeth. Remember our teeth color changes over time with age, the foods, and drinks we have, and health problems we might have. If you want to have your teeth whitened, we recommend getting a consultation to see if your teeth are healthy and strong to endure the treatment, you don’t want to damage your teeth.
Our oral health is a critical part of our everyday life which is why we should care for our teeth. Not everything we hear is true, and we should be watchful of what we do when it concerns our teeth. If you haven’t gotten around to visiting your dentist this year, don’t wait to fill out our appointment form to schedule your visit.