We all want a healthy mouth. After all, who doesn’t strong, straight, pearly white teeth? There are many dental advancements and products that compliment good dental hygiene in producing these aforementioned desired results. Dentists today also are able to perform numerous cosmetic and restorative procedures that can drastically improve the look and health of patients’ mouths. With a growth of at-home dental remedies, some patients put their own dental care into their own hands. This, in part, has given way to some dental myths that can compromise dental appearance and health. Below are some of the common dental myths that are alive and well today:
- Teeth Bleaching Weakens Teeth
At-home teeth bleaching (or whitening) treatments make it cheaper and more convenient to one’s teeth pearly white. Though they are safe, even when they are used not according to directions, some claim the whitening ingredients in such home bleaching treatments weaken teeth by destroying the teeth enamel. Studies have been done on this and have shown no signs of dental damage caused by these kits. It was noted that the most adverse side-effect of over-use of the home whitening treatment is tooth sensitivity.
- Brushing is Bad for Bleeding Gums
It is natural to not aggravate an injury. You want it to heal, so you don’t touch it. While this may be true for other bodily injuries, it is not true for bleeding gums. Bleeding gums can indicate the presence or build-up of plaque and germs that need to be cleaned away. Brushing and flossing are the best ways to get rid of the plaque. If you forego brushing your bleeding gums, you are causing more harm to your dental health instead of helping it heal.
- You Can’t Brush Too Often
You think that constant brushing throughout the day will help you achieve supreme dental health and whiter teeth? While dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, brushing too much may scratch off tooth enamel (especially if you brush too hard).
- Bad Breath is a Sign of Bad Brushing
It makes sense that if you don’t have good dental hygiene, the plaque, and germs in your mouth will fester and emit unpleasant odors in the form of bad breath. While poor dental hygiene and care can sometimes be causes of bad breath, there are other reasons for bad breath that have nothing to do with oral hygiene. Certain foods such as garlic and onions produce strong, unpleasant odors. Illness can also produce bad breath.
- The More Sugar You Eat the More You’ll Damage Your Teeth
Everyone who was (an is still) a kid likely heard some version of “if you eat too much sugar, your teeth will fall out.” Sugar, does, in fact, damage teeth, but the act of consuming it isn’t the cause of cavities. It isn’t how much or how frequently one eats sugar. It is how long the sugar remains on the surface of the teeth that causes dental problems. Eating sugar and rinsing your teeth immediately afterward will not cause harm to your teeth.
- An Aspirin Tablet Next to a Tooth Will Cure a Toothache
This old wives’ tale has been around for a while. It is believed that if you have a toothache, the pain will go away if you rest an aspirin tablet against it. This dental myth has been proven to be ineffective in reducing tooth pain. In addition to being an ineffective pain reliever, the slow dissolving of the aspirin is shown to have negative health effects on the teeth and gums.
The best way to whiter teeth and stronger teeth and gums is through regular check-ups with your dentist. At Dr. Brian Britton, we offer a variety of cosmetic and restorative dental services to give patients the best dental health possible. Call us today to set up an appointment and get on your way to a healthier and brighter smile.