We’ve created a list of the 5 biggest myths in dental health. Need more advice on keeping your teeth their healthiest? We are ready and available to answer all of your questions and concerns.
- “You should always brush your teeth right after every meal”
It’s often misunderstood that in order to get the most from brushing, it is best to brush your teeth shortly after finishing every meal. The truth is, that not waiting long enough after a meal can do more harm than good. You have the natural ability to break down foods, temporarily softening the enamel on your teeth while doing so. Brushing too quickly after eating can potentially scrub away this protective enamel. Wait at least 30 minutes before brushing.
- “You’ll be able to tell if you have a cavity” While tooth decay is more noticeable if the damage is more advanced, mild tooth decay is harder to catch on your own. It’s important to schedule regular checkups to avoid serious dental health issues that go undetected until it’s to late.
- “Periodontal Disease Is Minor” Periodontal disease (gum disease) is more than just a minor infection and should be taken very seriously. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious health issues. While there is no cure, regular dental visits will keep it under control and at bay.
- “Bad Breath Comes From Not Brushing Well” Bad breath can be caused by things, not brushing well may be one of them but more frequently it is a result of many factors such as illness, medication, foods you eat and genetics.
- “Sugar Is The #1 Cause Of Cavities” It’s not the sugar that causes the cavities directly, acid caused by the bacteria in your mouth is the main culprit. This bacteria is triggered to make acid when you eat sugar and simple carbs. The most important factor is not the amount of sugars ingested, but rather the duration of time your teeth are exposed.