Busting 6 Common Dental Myths

Isn’t it that faced with the choice of enduring a bad toothache or going to the dentist, we generally try to ride out the bad toothache.

After all how many times have you heard anyone say “Oh doc, it felt so good when you were drilling my teeth?”  The matter of fact is – visiting the dentist can be a traumatizing experience that can make a lasting bad impression on you.

It is this very anxiety and stress associated with dentists and dental problems that have escalated many dental myths. It’s time to bust the most common dental myths that hinder our oral health and open our eyes to reality.

6 Dental Myths_Insta

Myth#1 – Whiter teeth means healthier teeth

For all those who think your teeth should be “pearly white” here is an eye opener – the strongest teeth are natural, healthy ones and they are not pristine white. In fact they are a couple of shades darker, ranging from light grey to light yellow. This is because the enamel itself is bluish-white and can be a bit translucent towards the tips. It is because of this that yellow of dentine shows through, which makes your teeth appear light yellow – “Not White”.

Myth#2 – Teeth whitening / bleaching erodes teeth enamel

People are obsessed with getting pearly whites so bleaching or teeth-whitening is the fastest and safest way to get white teeth. It oxidizes your teeth using carbamide peroxide so that light refracts more favourably off the enamel. The root of this myth lies in the fact that prior to 1990 the materials used to bleach included acidic contents which after prolonged use eroded the enamel. But with advancement in technology and with new discoveries this is no more the issue. Bleaching materials now are basic PH materials.

Myth#3 – More sugar you eat, more damaged your teeth

Sure, sugar is bad for you, but it is not the only reason for tooth decay. The real cause of tooth decay is a combination of sugar, bacteria and acids.  If you are consuming more sugar but also maintaining a good oral health routine like rinsing your mouth after those sugary treats and brushing & flossing your teeth daily which keeps the plaque and tartar at bay, the chances of tooth decay are minimal. Studies have proven that even if you don’t consume sugar but have a bad oral hygiene habits, you are still equally prone to tooth decay and cavities.

Myth#4 – Electric brushes cleans teeth more effectively

False: An Electric toothbrush does as much a good job as any manual toothbrush will, provided you know how to brush properly. The idea of brushing teeth is to remove plaque and to stimulate the gums. Most toothbrushes will keep your teeth clean if you are using the proper techniques of brushing your teeth. The popularity of electric toothbrushes is due to its convenience and admittedly they are more fun to brush your teeth with.

Myth#5 – Don’t brush and floss while suffering from bleeding gums

One thing you have to remember that brushing doesn’t only clean your teeth but also removes plaque from the gums, increases blood circulation and stimulates them. Not brushing and flossing will only aggravate the problem and increase inflammation caused by plaque deposits and bacteria. If you are suffering from sore and bleeding gums, it is advisable to brush gently with a soft bristles toothbrush and instead of string floss use advanced water flossers like Oral Care’s Portable Water Flossers for gentle and effective cleaning.

Myth#6 – The more you brush, the cleaner and healthier your teeth

The whole point of brushing is to remove plaque and stimulate your gums. And for doing that brushing ‘properly’ two times a day is sufficient. In fact more the number of times you brush or the harder you brush, chances are that you are going to erode the enamel which would eventually lead to tooth loss or a broken tooth.

Posted on Categories Tooth CouchTags Advanced Dental Care Products, Advanced Oral Care, Dental health, dental myths, dental tips, Family oral health care, Flossing, gums and teeth, oral care routine, Teeth whitening, Water FlosserLeave a comment

6 Crackling Ways to Stay Healthy and Smile Brightly This Diwali

It’s that time of the year again! The climate has changed to bright sunshine and crisp cool winter; lights are up, diyas all lit and the distant sound of fire crackers fills the air. Happy vibes spreading all around! Not to forget the smorgasbord of sumptuous, savory and mouth-watering delicacies. With all the temptation, it is certainly a tricky time for your fitness vows, not to mention a disastrous time for your oral health.
Diwali is the time when we let loose some of our inhibitions about our physique and give-in to our temptations to enjoy every moment. We tend to lose track of eating, drinking and fitness habits in the wake of the celebrations. But it doesn’t always have to be an either-or situation. You can turn this around into a win-win with just these six simple tips and make your Diwali into a crackling one.

1. Choice of sweets: You can never think of Diwali without mithais and such other hordes of sweet treats that are laden with calories. You can’t avoid them but you can choose what you put in your mouth. For eg. Gulab Jambun has 150 calories as against Kaju Katli which contains only 58 calories. Honey roasted and chocolate covered nuts and dry fruits are healthier options and in addition provide nutrients. Pick sweets like rasogullas or kaju katli over jalebi and boondi items.

2. Mindful eating: It is always better to be mindful of what you eat and how much. Eating sweets in itself not as harmful for your teeth and overall health, as how often as you eat them. You need not deprive yourself off your favorite ladoos, but eat slowly and in smaller portions. Try to relish every bite instead of getting stuffed by overeating. Avoid second helpings of heavy party treats.

3. Fruits and veggies overload: Curb the carbs and chomp on loads of fruits and veggies. Juicy fruits and crunchy veggies are always a better option to rich, carb loaded food and delicacies. Not only are they healthy, but they also help to clean and whiten your teeth naturally.

4. Drink a lot of water: Keep yourself hydrated. Drink a lot of water and fresh juices in small intervals, particularly drink lot of water before snacks and meals. This gives you a feeling of fullness and prevents you from overindulging on snacks. Also drink water after meals as it helps flush off the food residue, clean your mouth and avoid plaque formation on your teeth.

5. Stay away from colored foods and preservatives: Diwali might be a colorful festival, but it doesn’t necessarily apply to your food. Avoid foodstuffs that are high on artificial coloring and preservatives. They stain your teeth and the acids in the preservatives promote bacteria and cavities. These chemicals also harm the digestive system and kidneys.

6. Rinse, brush and floss after every meal: Never forget your bathroom rules to maintain good oral health – Brush, floss and rinse. Particularly during this festive season it is essential that you rinse your mouth after every meal. The sticky, rich, sugary treats and savory namkeens tend to stick to the surface of your teeth and in between the grooves.

Rinsing or flossing with electric water flossers like Oral Care’s smart water flosser, after every meal helps flush out plaque and debris and reduces chances of cavities.

Getting your kids to brush with Kids’ Oscillating Musical Toothbrush makes brushing fun for the kids and also help reduce cavities that kid’s teeth are especially prone to during this season.
In this festive season, gift yourself and your loved ones a bright, white, healthy smile amidst the crackling celebrations. To give you just another reason to smile wider, avail of flat 25% discounts in our big Diwali Damaka Sale. Use COUPON CODE: DIWALI25 at checkout during your purchase. Offer valid from 26th October to 1st November 2016.

Wishing you and your family a safe, joyous and blessed Diwali from our Oral Care Family.

5 Home Remedies to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

A recent survey revealed that 37% of the people notice a person’s smile first. But most people, it seems, are afraid of smiling wide and showing off their teeth. Why? Because we all know that 100% of those 37% who notice your smile are going to spot your yellow teeth. You want to “woo” people with your smile not make them turn away. But getting the dazzling white smile can be an expensive business. You have dental procedures like teeth whitening and bleaching but they are bound to dig a big hole in your wallet. Don’t worry! We have you covered. Here are some home remedies to get a quick fix for your dull yellowing teeth naturally and brighten your smile.

1. Strawberries:

strawberry-to-naturally-whiten-your-teeth

Don’t we women just dig the champagne and strawberries and all that romantic stuff? Here is a fact about strawberries that would encourage you to savour them even more. This sweet, savoury and juicy super food is low in sugar and high in nutrients which are good for health. It also contains gentle malic acid that acts like an exfoliating agent which removes plaque and debris and cleans the surface of the teeth, giving it a whiter appearance.

How to use: Mash some ripe strawberries into pulp and gentle rub this paste on your teeth using a toothbrush. Rinse with warm water after you are done to remove excess acid from your mouth.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar:

apple-cider-vinegar-to-naturally-whiten-your-teeth

This multipurpose household item not only whitens your teeth but also cleans and stimulates gums making them stronger. It contains citric acid which breaks down the plaque and stain molecules, cleans teeth and gums and controls bad breath. But one thing to keep in mind is that the acids might erode the enamel so dilute it with water before using. Also it doesn’t give an immediate effect but works efficiently over a period of time on consistent use.

How to use: There are two ways in which you can use apple cider vinegar –

Option 1: Dilute the vinegar with equal parts water and gargle with it.

Option 2:  Make a paste combining vinegar with baking soda and brush it gently with a toothbrush.

With both options it is recommended to brush again with regular toothpaste to remove acid thoroughly.

3. Coconut Oil Pulling:

coconut-oil-pulling-to-naturally-whiten-your-teeth

The internet is flooded with posts regarding the many health benefits of coconut oil. Are they all true one cannot say but when it comes to oral health it is proven that coconut oil has stain-decreasing properties. It contains lauric acid which breaks down the bacteria that causes yellowing of teeth.

How to use: Rub coconut oil gently on teeth and massage the gums for two minutes. Rinse off with warm water. You can also add crushed mint leaves to give a minty fresh feel to your mouth.

4. Baking Soda:

baking-soda-to-naturally-whiten-your-teeth

Baking soda is composed of a chemical compound that makes it a great mild abrasive. It is this same abrasiveness that effectively removes surface stains from your teeth and makes them appear whiter. Baking soda also increases the ph level of your mouth that protects teeth from decay and cavities.

How to use: Make a paste using a few spoons of baking soda and fresh lemon juice (or water). Apply this paste on your teeth and gently massage it. Rinse off with warm water. Apply and leave regular toothpaste on your teeth surface for 1 minute, then rinse, so as to avoid the acid effecting enamel.

5. Activated Charcoal:

activated-charcoal-to-naturally-whiten-your-teeth

In ancient times, when toothpaste wasn’t invented, charcoal power was one of the most common ingredients people used to clean their teeth. Though now we have toothpastes, charcoal works miracles when it comes to instantly whitening your teeth. Here is why – “Activated charcoal’s natural adhesive qualities let it bind with surface-staining culprits like coffee, tea, wine, and plaque, and take them off your teeth for good when you spit it out”, says Joseph Banker, DMD, a New Jersey-based cosmetic dentist.

How to use: Apply a paste of charcoal and water on all exposed surface of your teeth. Keep for 3 minutes and rinse off. Activated carbon can be grainy and can seriously harm the enamel and teeth. So it is recommended not to rub it on your teeth.

These are not infallible methods to get perfect white teeth. Though all the above remedies work they certainly cannot replace your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. To maintain good oral health and retain the whiteness of your teeth one has to brush and floss regularly. Most people tend to shrug off flossing because traditional string floss can be irksome and painful at times. Try using different ways of flossing like Oral care’s Smart water flosser and Tabletop water flosser for effective, gentler and fun way of flossing.

Don’t hesitate to smile openly; just take proper measures to maintain good dental health. After all a smile is the prettiest thing that you can wear.