Top 5 Dental Health Myths Debunked

Remember when you were a kid and your parents would tell you all kinds of terrifying things just to get you to brush your teeth? Does your dentist ever give you horrifying warnings about what will happen to your teeth if you don’t floss? Well the truth is, while some of it may be fact, much of it is almost purely fiction. Here are the top 5 dental health myths debunked.

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  1. Sugar rots your teeth. Don’t get me wrong, sugar does rot your teeth, but you can still have a diet that’s high in sugar without worrying about your teeth rotting. The bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar and their excrement is what we know as plaque, and it’s really the plaque that rots your teeth. So if you want to eat a lot of sugar, just make sure to brush, floss, and/or use mouthwash immediately afterwards to avoid the inevitable plaque buildup.
  2. Bleeding gums are caused by brushing too hard. Oftentimes when people experience the nasty discomfort of bleeding gums they are told it is because they have sensitive gums caused by brushing too hard. This helps boost sales for soft bristled toothbrushes and toothpastes made for sensitive teeth. However, bleeding gums is usually a sign that a person is not flossing well enough, or often enough. This alone can lead to escalating dental health problems. If you have bleeding gums, ask yourself if you have a decent flossing regimen. If not, this is most likely the issue. So don’t treat the symptoms, treat the underlying issue.
  3. Your bad breath is caused by poor oral hygiene. While poor oral hygiene does lead to bad breath, it is only one of the reasons why a person might have bad breath. If you already brush your teeth 2-3 times per day and have a regular flossing regimen, the first thing to ask yourself is how well you brush your tongue. Although another major source of bad breath is a poor diet. Spending long hours without eating causes nasty odors from the stomach to creep up the esophagus and into the mouth, so be sure to keep yourself fed. Also, chlorophyll, the green pigment that gives fruits and vegetables their green color, is a natural breath neutralizer. Just one more reason to get a healthy dose of greens in your diet.
  4. headachePutting an aspirin directly on your tooth will relieve pain. If someone has told you that putting aspirin directly on a toothache is effective, you have been grossly mislead. The only way to get the pain relieving effects of an aspirin is to swallow the pill and wait for it to enter the bloodstream.
  5. Whitening your teeth will weaken them. When you whiten your teeth excessively, you can end up losing so much pigment that they begin to appear translucent. This can give the impression that the enamel, and thus the tooth, is being weakened. However, it’s just aesthetically displeasing. If you’d like to avoid this kind of humiliation and get your teeth whitened by a professional, you should consider visiting a specialist, like Lake Granbury Dental & Orthodontics. At the end of the day, visiting a professional dental clinic will ensure that your teeth stay healthy and white.