Old misconceptions and wives’ tales about dental care can make us nervous about how well we’re really taking care of our teeth. They can also lead you to make misguided decisions about your oral care.
Here’s a few dispelled rumors:
1. White Teeth = Healthy Teeth
Teeth are usually bright white in actors, commercials, and media. Nobody refers to them as “pearly yellows,” right? White teeth are more appealing, but just because they look nice on the outside doesn’t reflect mean they’re 100% health on the inside. Just as with people, appearances can be deceiving.
You can still have cavities and gingivitis with white teeth. It’s also normal to get some color on your teeth as you get older. Some people’s teeth may not be super sparkly, but totally healthy where it counts.
2. Bad Breath Means You’re a Bad Brusher
You brush your teeth every day, twice a day. Before you leave for work, you still notice your breath isn’t as fresh as it could be. Do you remember to brush your tongue? Many people think the key to good breath is just good teeth care; however, you must get all parts of the mouth, including your gums and tongue. A tongue scraper is more effective than a regular toothbrush. Instead of shifting the bacteria around your mouth, it scrapes it out of your mouth.
Additionally, halitosis could be caused by a wide variety of other issues. Things like illness and the foods you eat could be the root cause of your unpleasant breath. It’s best to consult a dentist if you think you’re brushing right and still suffering with the unpleasant problem.
3. More Sugar Is Bad For Your Teeth
Many think that consuming more candy, soda, and junk food leads to damaged teeth. They’re hesitant to pick up a single “bad” food because they’re certain their teeth will start rotting. It’s not quantity that matters here, but time. The acidic enamel-wearing effects of sugary foods happen when they stay in your mouth too long. If you can brush your teeth (or at least rinse with water) soon after consuming these foods and drinks, it helps minimize damage – and this is the same for whether you’ve had one piece of candy or 20.
4. Bleaching Teeth Is Bad For You
Some people are worried that using whitening products will weaken their teeth. As long as you follow the instructions of take-home products or consult a professional about other methods, there’s no harm associated with it. Again, having white teeth just means they look brighter, they’re not necessarily healthier.
All the same, essentially “painting” your teeth won’t wear away the enamel. Depending how many times you bleach, your teeth could turn a translucent white, but this still doesn’t affect their strength.
5. There’s No Need To Take Care Of Baby Teeth
Some people are under the impression that their children don’t need to take special care of their teeth because their first teeth will just fall out anyway. These teeth are placeholders while adult teeth grow in and are formative for children to chew and speak clearly. However, it can take years for some teeth to fall out; on average, children don’t lose their last tooth until 12 or 13. If your child loses a tooth to decay too soon, an adult one may not be ready to take its place.
Did you learn a thing or two about dental health that you never knew? One of the best ways to ensure that you have healthy teeth for the rest of your life is to make sure that you understand what it takes to maintain good health. If you’re ever unsure about the effect of your dental routine, ask your dentist for the real story.