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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5 Myths about Tooth Sensitivity, Debunked

Desserts, something we look forward to after every meal. Think ice-creams, pastries, pudding, chocolate and cookies, can you ever say no to them? But sometimes pampering your sweet tooth comes at the cost of a little pain. Halfway through enjoying a spoonful of your favourite ice-cream, you experience a sudden sharp sting shoot through your teeth. Tooth Sensitivity is this twinge of pain one experiences when food which is too cold, hot, sweet or sour touches your teeth. It is a sensation that only lasts for a few seconds, which most of us write off as a normal and temporary ailment and fail to take preventive actions.

There are many misconceptions about tooth sensitivity. For a start, many people don’t know what tooth sensitivity is. And those who do know about it seem to misconstrue certain facts like – sensitivity affects only when you eat cold sweets, it is caused because of cavities alone… So let’s bust 5 myths revolving around tooth sensitivity and get some facts straight

Myth #1: Only cavities cause tooth sensitivity

Fact: Cavities are one of the causes of Tooth Sensitivity but not the only cause. Tooth sensitivity occurs when the tooth enamel erodes or wears off gradually, exposing the softer tissue below called dentine. Dentine is directly connected to the nerve endings and when it is agitated it elicits sharp jolts of pain. Tooth enamel can wear off due to many reasons besides cavities – like brushing too hard, teeth grinding, gingivitis, receding gums etc.

Myth#2: Only cold sweets like ice cream can trigger tooth sensitivity.

Fact: When unprotected dentine comes in contact with any food which is hot, cold, sweet or sour, it can trigger the nerves and cause the sudden piercing sensation in your teeth.

Myth#3: It is ordinary for teeth to hurt when you eat hot, cold or sour food.

Fact: It is not common to suffer from tooth sensitivity. The symptoms usually indicate some underlying ailments like tooth decay, gum diseases, worn out fillings…

Myth#4: You don’t need to seek treatment for tooth sensitivity

Fact: Since the underlying causes of sensitivity can be a number of dental ailments like gum diseases, cracked tooth, decay; you do need to take preventive action soon. If left untreated, these can lead to major diseases like infection, swollen and bleeding gums, gingivitis. The best and fastest way to fix this problem is to get professional advice from your dentist. Depending upon the severity of the problem your dentist will be able to give you an early and appropriate treatment before these small symptoms can become larger complications.

Myth#5: There is no cure for tooth sensitivity

Fact: Tooth sensitivity can be easily treated. It is always recommended to see your dentist if you see the indications of sensitivity. Depending on the cause of the sensitivity your dentist can recommend special desensitizing tooth paste or other treatments. But maintaining good oral hygiene is also equally important. Brush your teeth twice and floss at least once daily. Here are a few things you can you should take care of:
• Use soft bristle toothbrush
• Don’t brush too hard. It will wear out the enamel faster.
• If flossing with string floss leads to bleeding gums, use water flossers instead like Oral Care’s water flossers for gentle and effective cleaning.

If you still think tooth sensitivity isn’t a big problem, which it is temporary and can be neglected, think about a lifetime of depriving yourself of your favourite ice cream or mornings without a refreshing cup of coffee / tea. If a migraine or back ache doesn’t go unnoticed, then why should pain in your teeth be neglected? Particularly when with proper care and early treatment, tooth sensitivity can be preventable.

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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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.