Six Common Dental Myths

February 15, 2017 by Dr. Shrenik Parmar0

Some of us can never really warm up to the idea of seeing a dentist. And as if the patient-dentist relationship was seeing any improvement that fictional stories were dreamed up to thwart dentists and humans from coming to friendly terms. We are talking about dental myths – myths that people take as gospel and jeopardize their dental health.

In this blog post, we will discuss 6 common dental myths believed by many –

Pearly whites equal to healthy teeth

Well, appearances can be deceiving. White teeth are not indicative of robust and healthy teeth. Dental infections, tooth decay, and cavities are not preferential towards white teeth. However, there are ways one can hold on to that white color for a little longer by means of regular brushing, flossing, dentist recommended bleaching treatments, and avoiding teeth staining drinks like coffee, red wine, etc.

Teeth whitening is dangerous

Teeth whitening or bleaching, if done under a dental practitioner’s guidance and recommendation is safe. Before zeroing on any kind of whitening treatment, it is requisite to consult your dentist and adhere to their directives. So if you have been asked to steer clear of teeth staining food and drinks. A little gum redness and sensitivity is inevitable, which however, is bearable and brief.

Effortful brushing means healthy teeth

While it is quite satisfying to believe that if you brush your teeth harder, you are successfully destroying nasty germ legions, it is, unfortunately, not true. Just as you risk tearing a fabric if you indulge in hard brushing, you risk wearing the enamel of your teeth. Buy a medium or soft toothbrush as per your preference and brush your teeth gently, for they need your care not exertive efforts.

Eating candy is bad for teeth

Anything done in excess is bad, so that applies to eating too much candy. Popping a candy or two won’t pose a serious threat to your teeth, what is important to consider is the time you take to brush your teeth after you eat them.

Halitosis is a result of improper brushing

While not brushing teeth regularly and properly contributes to bad breath but it is not the only reason. Indigestion, dry mouth, medications, throat infection, tobacco products, and poor dental hygiene also lead to bad breath.

Toothbrush can last for up to 6 months

If you want your toothbrush to work like a ninja at removing plaque from your teeth, then you must change it every 3 months. However, if you have had a mouth infection, sore throat or cold then it is recommended that you change your toothbrush as bacteria residing in the bristles can cause re-infection.

While the business of myths will keep on going, what can be positively stopped is our blind acceptance. Before taking anything for truth, do your research and visit your dentist to get your doubts clarified.

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