How much do you actually know about your oral care? Having false information about your oral health can be harmful and lead to serious damage and dental problems. These key facts will help you take the best care of your pearly whites! Let’s demystify six of the most common oral care myths that are unfortunately widely accepted by many people.
Myth #1: Brush teeth after every meal
Fact: This is probably one of the worst things you can do, especially after consuming something acidic, like oranges, grapefruit or lemon juice. Your tooth enamel becomes softer and more sensitive after eating, and brushing your teeth immediately after meals can weaken tooth enamel in a big way! Instead, chew a sugar-free gum that can neutralize acids and produce saliva so your mouth will get back to a neutral pH level.
Myth #2: Sugar is the worst enemy
Fact: This is something our parents used to say every time we were craving for a sweet treat. What they didn’t know is that it’s not about the amount of sugar you eat, but the length of time the sugar remains in your mouth. When consuming carbohydrates, the bacteria present in the mouth produces acids, which can cause cavities and tooth decay. So, the next time you enjoy a sweet snack, make sure you brush your teeth thoroughly to prevent a breeding ground for bacteria.
Myth #3: White teeth = healthy teeth
Fact: Not necessarily. Your teeth may be white but that doesn’t mean there aren’t signs of infection or cavities stuck somewhere in between. Healthy teeth come in a wide range of natural shades. People with healthy teeth may have darker teeth than others. No matter how trendy it is to have pearly whites today, always remember—healthy teeth will never fall out of fashion!
Myth #4: Stop brushing bleeding gums
Fact: Bleeding gums are often an early sign of gingivitis, a gum disease, usually caused by smoking, diabetes or medications. Many people believe the misconception that when your gums are bleeding you shouldn’t brush them at all, so they can heal themselves. Little do they know that brushing is not only good for teeth, but also for your gums and tongue. It helps get rid of plaque, which causes inflammation that can eventually lead to gum disease. The key is not to brush too hard, especially if you have sensitive gums, and use a softer toothbrush.
Myth #5: Bleaching makes your teeth weaker
Fact: There is actually no need to fear that bleaching products will weaken your teeth. If used according to the instructions, bleaching products are completely harmless. It is simply a color change and it doesn’t affect your teeth’s health or strength. Nowadays, most of the teeth whitening products are PH neutral and they don’t cause any harm to the root or enamel. Just make sure you have your bleaching done by properly following the instructions, or have it performed by a qualified dentist. If you are not a fan of teeth whitening products, there is an alternative and effective way of getting a whiter set of teeth with home-made ingredients, straight from your kitchen!
Myth #6: Putting an aspirin on the tooth can reduce toothache instantly
Fact: Actually, it will make everything worse. Placing Aspirin on a tooth can cause an acidic chemical burn to your gums and lips as well. And that is far from pain relief! Dentists advise not to take too many Aspirin tablets if you suffer from toothache. If you are unable make it to the dentist immediately, an over-the-counter pain-killer is better option than using Aspirin directly on your teeth.
It is of a great importance that you get educated about your dental care. The more you know about your oral health, the easier it will be to prevent decay and infection. Don’t believe everything you hear before checking it with your dentist first.