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.

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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.

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8 Quick & Easy Oral Care Tips

Did you know 90% of life threatening diseases have some oral symptoms? It’s true what they say, “healthy mouth, healthy you”. Taking good care of teeth & gums does much more than ensure a brilliant smile – good oral hygiene has direct impact on your overall health. Not only does it immensely improves your self-confidence but also lowers risk of heart diseases, preserves memory and keeps blood sugar stable.

So it’s never too late to start cultivating good oral care habits in you. And better yet, set an example for your kids in taking care of their teeth and gums starting today. Believe it or not, this will help your child’s development in the long run.

Here are eight quick and easy tips to take care of your pearly whites and improve your health:

1. Soak up the sun:

Vitamin D, besides having other health benefits like accelerating the cell growth, improving the immune system, preventing depression & anxiety, it is essential for absorption of calcium, which is what basically our teeth are made of.  The easiest way to get Vitamin D is to just soak in the sun. Sun rays are your prime source of Vitamin D. So the next time you think about ditching the sun by coating yourself with layers of sunscreen, you might want to think again!

2. Say cheese:

Good news for all the cheese lovers! You have another reason to dig into all the cheesy delights. Eating cheese and other dairy products might help protect your teeth from cavities. According to study published in General Dentistry eating cheese may prevent cavities. Cheese and other dairy products increase the ph level of your mouth. The higher the ph level, the lower the chances of developing cavities. That’s not all; various compounds found in cheese strengthen the enamel and further protect them from acids. So say cheese and show off those pearly whites!

3. Vitamin “C” – The invisible tooth brush:

The miracle that is Vitamin “C” is mostly associated with gum health. But did you know, consuming copious amounts of vitamin C rich food or supplements not only does wonders in strengthening gums but also effectively removes plaque? A research cited in Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine looked at the connection between brushing frequency, vitamin C intake and plaque build-up. It revealed that individuals who brushed only once a day but had good levels of vitamin C, had lesser plaque than those brushing twice or more daily but with lower vitamin C levels.

4. Munch on the crunch

Want to ditch the dentist and get an all-natural and healthy dental clean up? Curb the carbs from the greasy junk food and munch on the fresh, raw veggies and fruits. Hard, crunchy foods like carrots, lettuce, celery and apples can clean your teeth naturally besides being loaded with vitamins that help in developing overall health.

5. No candy crush

‘Stay away from sweets & candies to prevent cavities,’ is a general rule when it comes to maintaining good dental health,especially in kids. But it’s hard to stay away from all the sugary treats when you have a sweet tooth, isn’t it? What to do in such a situation? It is important to know which sweets you can eat and which to completely avoid. For example: chocolates, specifically dark chocolates are actually good for teeth so go ahead and enjoy them. But hard candies (particularly the sticky kind), in addition to being loaded with sugar which is the prime reason for tooth decay, can also lead to broken or chipped tooth. Better alternative? Chew on the sugar-free gums or sweets.

6. Saliva matters

Talk about saliva and spit and most would go “yuck” even thinking about it. Saliva might not be the most appealing subject to some but it plays a major role in maintaining oral health, by regulating bacterial growth and growth of plaque in your mouth. It is essential to maintain the level of saliva in your mouth produces. Tart and sour foods like lime, lemons, cherries, cranberries, kiwi, promotes the production of saliva and increases the ph level of your mouth.

7. Bathroom rules – Brush, floss & Rinse

Brush, floss & rinse! For good oral health all you need to do is follow these simple rules daily:

  • Brush twice a day – every day
  • Floss at least once.
  • Rinse your mouth with mouthwash or at least water after every meal.

An added benefit is that it could even help you lose weight if you brush & floss after dinner, by discouraging bedtime snacking.

8. Don’t keep the dentist away.

See your dentist at least once every six months. Your teeth might not look dirty on the surface but bacteria and plaque lurks in nooks and crannies of your mouth, that even flossing can’t remove effectively. Make a point to visit your dentist to ensure that your teeth and gums are in pristine condition and avoid negative development of oral health.

Bottom line, simply brushing and flossing teeth is not enough.Follow these simple tips and be sure to maintain a healthy diet low on sugar and processed food to get the best oral care for you and your loved ones and maintain that pearly white, healthy smile.