Myths can be stubborn misconceptions. While some myths may not be harmful, misconceptions about our health can be a different matter.
See if any of these common myths are affecting your oral health or general wellbeing.
MYTH: The whiter your teeth, the healthier they are.
FACT- Teeth aren’t meant to be pure white. You can keep your teeth white with regular brushing and flossing, however, teeth decay and gum disease can be hidden without affecting the color of the teeth.
MYTH: Bad breath means poor oral hygiene.
FACT- Whilst poor oral hygiene can cause bad breath, it can also be caused by things such as diet, smoking, medication & medical conditions.
MYTH: Only sugar in sweets, cakes & fizzy drinks is bad for your teeth.
FACT- Whilst these foods are bad for your teeth, any food & drink with sugar including fruit (regular or dried) or fruit juices & honey can be bad for your teeth. If eaten/drank in excess, and proper oral hygiene isn’t being implemented.
MYTH: You should visit your dentist once every 6 months.
FACT- Your dentist will tell you how often you need to go in for a dental check-up. If you have good oral health, you may only need to see your dentist once every 2 years.
MYTH: You shouldn’t brush your teeth if your gums are bleeding.
FACT- Bleeding gums are a sign that your gums are less than healthy, likely to be because of a build-up of plaque & debris. Daily brushing & flossing, as well as professional dental care, are the best ways to address bleeding gums.
MYTH: Scaling is not good for teeth.
FACT- Scaling removes tartar and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Scaling and deep cleaning of gums prevent the problem of bleeding gums and bad breath. Thus, scaling is beneficial for teeth and gums.
MYTH: Only sugar causes cavities.
FACT- Cavities occur when bacteria produce acids in the mouth. The process can begin by any carbohydrate that you consume. That includes sugar, fruits, vegetables, rice, and bread.
MYTH: Teeth whitening are harmful as it damages enamel.
FACT- Technique like Teeth Whitening works by exfoliating stains from one’s teeth to lighten them and bring back their natural color. It is the simplest and safest procedure since a product is used by the dentists that are devoid of bleaching agents and chemicals.
MYTH: Chewing sugarless gum after a meal can replace brushing.
FACT- Nothing can replace proper brushing technique. And in case you want to use sugarless chewing gum do not chew it for more than 10 minutes.