Popular Dental Myths

We’re always surrounded by a large amount of myths and misbeliefs throughout our lives. Some of them are so common, we don’t even know it’s a false belief. For example, did you know that bulls are actually color-blind? They cannot possibly be afraid or become furious because of red color. They just react to matador’s movements and more likely take it as a threat. None of us can tell the concrete sources or the reasons why these myths were created: they just exist, and we’re used to their existence. 

The sphere of dentistry wasn’t protected from myths either. Even though there are some statements that seem even ridiculous, people still think that they can possibly be true. We’re here to show you the truth and prove all of them wrong!

Myths about Nutrition

Diet sodas are totally okay to drink only because they don’t contain sugar.

SodadrinkThough the fact that diet sodas don’t contain cavity-causing sugar is true, it doesn’t mean they are totally safe. They still are very acidic. The human mouth has a plaque bacteria which really likes acid, and their relationship ends up creating the same cavity we try hard to avoid. Besides the acid in diet soda has a big effect on enamel due to which teeth become more sensitive.

Some people think that drinking soda with 20-30 minutes intervals will reduce its damage. This is yet another myth because actually, it’s more hazardous.

Between every taken time out your mouth tries to neutralize the acid. The process takes around 20 minutes. Every time you drink again, the bacteria in your mouth activate and start to attack the enamel once more. So each time you sip that 20-minute attack starts over and over.

The more sugar you consume, the worse it is for your teeth.

candyYes, sugar is a bad guy for your teeth: it creates acid which develops cavities. However, the consumed amount of sugar is not responsible for cavities. The guilty one here is its duration of staying on your teeth.

So, the longer sugar stays in your mouth, the more acid it creates. The latter creates a good environment for cavities and makes the chances of their development higher. But, as you can see, the solution to this problem can be as easy as just brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash after consuming sugary foods.

Extreme change of temperature can crack your teeth.

Thermometer This statement is quite common and a bit tricky one. Yes, actually an extreme change of temperature can possibly crack your teeth․ But don’t you ever expect that biting an ice cream after drinking hot tea will crack a tooth wide open.

A healthy permanent tooth is made to soak up temperature changes occurring in a mouth․ Very small cracks on the tooth enamel are really quite common. Referred to as craze lines, those minor cracks can hardly be considered as a threat to a tooth itself. But, anyway, regular checks of those imperfections together with the specialist won’t do any harm.

Myths about Flossing, Brushing and Whitening

Flossing isn’t really necessary anymore.

FlossingAfter the removal of the recommendation to floss regularly from the government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a lot of people thought that they can skip and forget flossing for life. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that flossing isn’t effective and can’t have good impacts.

In fact, many dentists still think that brushing and flossing regularly is quite important. It actually makes total sense that there is a buildup that can only be removed by flossing. Meaning it’s important to still follow your dentist’s recommendations because it’s quite possible 😏 that the specialist knows more about your teeth and what is best for you and your oral health.

Flossing can create teeth gaps.

Let’s be clear, regular flossing has only a positive impact on your oral health. It definitely doesn’t create any spaces, and moreover, it cleans all the hidden harmful bacteria and prevents the decay from developing between your teeth.

When you floss, you remove food debris from between your teeth and around your gums. That helps them stay healthy and removes harmful bacteria possibly created by leftovers.

It’s quite important to note that the key point here is the regular flossing. You should floss every time you eat and you should develop your flossing routine.

Brushing teeth harder gets better results.

teeth brushingUnfortunately, some people think that the harder they brush their teeth, the more effective will be the removal of plaque. However, it’s not only a false belief, but it can also harm one’s teeth enamel and gums resulting in serious gum damages.

It’s quite easy to get used to brushing too hard, but over time it results in gum recession or tooth damage. These 2 big downsides in their turn make cleaning harder because you start to lose the initial color of your teeth by harming the enamel, and they don’t get any cleaner.

Next time you brush, make sure you don’t press your brush into your teeth so hard it feels uncomfortable. Remember: brushing must never hurt! Note that using an electric toothbrush can prevent the hard brushing and it can be more effective for you.

The whiter your teeth are, the healthier they are.

That’s how it works in a perfect world. But in reality, it’s not always the case. It’s undeniable that this statement is true, but not always.

White teeth girlOur teeth are naturally white. So some reasons for them to change their color can be considered as an unhealthy lifestyle, like smoking.

However, it’s not necessarily always the case. Teeth can change their color due to a large amount of things that are not generally considered as unhealthy or wrong, such as medications, some foods and drinks, and surely the most natural process of aging.

In case you want to know more detailed information about the reasons for tooth discoloration, read one of our previous blogs.

Bleaching weakens teeth.

Teeth whitening has become popular enough to create its own misbeliefs. One of the most common ones is the statement of its being a teeth weakener. Some people even believe that whitening can make teeth irreversibly sensitive.

Bleaching products are hardly harmful, especially when used according to instructions. It’s important to remember that those products only affect the color of your teeth, not their health or strength. Though tooth sensitivity can be an outcome of teeth whitening, it’s only temporary, and you can always lower its risks by changing your bleaching routine.

Bleaching works by removing some of the teeth pigmentations. It’s understandable that if you bleach them too much, you’ll remove too much natural pigmentation and that will result in the appearance of teeth translucency. However, it doesn’t mean that your enamel has been weakened or your teeth were damaged - it’s just a color change.

Now that we know everything about teeth whitening and we also know that it’s not harmful, it’s time to find out how we can generally whiten teeth. For that particular purpose, we have another blog for you. Check it out to find out all the little secrets of teeth whitening.

Myths about General Dentistry

Baby teeth aren’t so important.

Baby Teeth Smile Baby teeth should definitely not be considered less important only because a child is going to lose them and grow new ones. According to DentalAssociates, they prepare a child’s mouth for permanent, healthy teeth by establishing a place for them.

The good care of baby teeth is essential for a child's good oral health development.

Besides, it’s quite pivotal to make sure that children are brushing and flossing their baby teeth regularly because that develops oral hygiene habits. If a child doesn’t form those habits, it’s unlikely that he will brush and floss his permanent teeth later as regularly as needed, and that can end up being quite a big issue for his oral and overall health.

It’s really important to make sure that your child’s baby teeth are as healthy as possible. So, all in all, baby teeth are not only baby teeth, they are the foundation of one’s permanent oral health.

You only need to visit your dentist when your teeth hurt.

In fact, diagnosing and curing a tooth problem at its earlier stage is much easier and cheaper than waiting for it to become a real problem before paying a visit to the specialist.

The perfect oral care includes visits to a dentist at least twice a year. Regular professional cleaning and checks are quite important for having healthy teeth. If you wait too long, the treatment needed may be more expensive than in the case if the disease was caught before it worsened. Besides, the tooth has little chance of being saved at a later point in time.

In conclusion, all is left to say is that prevention saves you both time and money. And in some cases, it can even save a tooth.

Cavities might disappear on their own.

This misbelief is yet the most dangerous one. Unfortunately, some people think that "good oral care" can cure cavities. No, it can’t! The main reason for this misbelief is the fundamental misunderstanding of the term "cavity". Cavities are little holes which were developed on the hard surface of your teeth.

teethcavityCavities are produced by the acid-loving plaque bacteria in our mouth which constantly eats away the outer layers of the tooth. Once you have a formed cavity, it can’t go anywhere on its own. Actually, cavities still contain the bacteria which has created them in the first place.

Avoiding cavities becomes possible with the help of good oral hygiene, but the latter can’t make it go away. The only possible way to get rid of cavities is to have your dentist remove the bacteria within (decay) and fill the hole in.

Gum disease is only a problem for your mouth.

Sorry to say that, but gum diseases actually can have a lot more negative consequences than just ruining your oral hygiene. Unfortunately, having gum disease makes having much more dangerous health issues more likely.

Your dentist will probably be the first one to note this (yet another reason for regular checkups), but if you have already got gum disease, you’re more likely to obtain diabetes and hypertension, as well as some types of cancer associated with chronic inflammation.

Altogether these were all the myths we wanted you to know about. Information flows really quickly, be it in the age of internet or earlier ages of spreading it mouth to mouth. In addition, even real stories change in the course of time and give rise to myths many of which nobody knows how were created. But as science and technology develop, there are always ways to bust and prove them wrong.

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