Eight dental myths debunked

Even with so much information easily available to us online nowadays, myths and false truths still seem to be everywhere.  That’s why it’s important to know how to sort the wheat from the chaff.

There are many myths floating about regarding good oral health care, so what should you believe?  Here is a handy guide to some of the most common dental myths, so you can ignore the nonsense and take the good advice to heart.

 

MYTH: I shouldn’t brush my teeth if my gums are bleeding. 

In fact, bleeding gums are often caused by plaque or debris that has not been cleared by brushing and flossing.  If you continue regular oral care the bleeding may stop on its own.  If not, see your dentist, as there may be another underlying cause.

 

MYTH: I don’t need to worry about my dental health because my parents had healthy teeth.

Genetics do play a small role in your dental health, but ultimately your own decisions about oral health affect you a lot more.  The health of your teeth and gums is down to you!

 

MYTH: I don’t have to see the dentist because my teeth look and feel fine.

Visually unhealthy teeth that are in pain will have been having issues for a while.  Visiting your dentist regularly will allow you to catch problems early before they develop – you will be more likely to save your teeth as well as money.

 

MYTH: Chewing gum is bad for your teeth. 

It all depends on the type of gum.  While sugary gum can be bad for oral health, sugar-free gum can actually be beneficial to teeth.  Chewing gum removes debris and freshens breath, as well as increasing saliva, with helps to neutralize acid in your mouth after eating.

 

MYTH: Fluoride is unsafe

Actually, people in areas with fluoridated water have 50-70 per cent less tooth decay.  Numerous studies have refuted the claims that fluoride in drinking water is related to problems such as heart disease, allergies and genetic abnormalities.

 

MYTH: More sugar means more tooth decay.

Sugar does indeed raise the level of acidity in your mouth, thus leading to tooth decay.  But the real problem isn’t the amount of sugar – it’s the amount of time it spends in your mouth.  Food like slow-dissolving sweets and soft drinks are especially harmful because they spend the most time in direct contact with your teeth.

 

MYTH: Drinking soda is fine as long as it is diet soda.

While diet soda doesn’t contain sugar, it does however contain massive amounts of acid.  This can weaken tooth enamel, creating a greater risk of tooth decay.

 

MYTH: Smoking can discolour my teeth, but it has no other dental effects.

Not true – did you know that smokers suffer more from tooth decay, periodontal or gum disease, and are at a greater risk from oral cancer than non-smokers?

 

Visiting the dentist is an important part of all-round good oral health.  Call us here at Dental Care Partnership on 0121 354 1922 to book an appointment with one of our friendly team.