How often do you hear about myths having to do with your teeth? Or urban legends about eating watermelon seeds and having a watermelon grow inside your stomach? Common dental myths and urban legends stick around. But these enduring tales aren’t always entirely true. Let’s investigate some of these dental myths and find out just how true they are.
Brushing Your Teeth Too Much or Too Little
Have you ever heard the saying “everything in moderation”? Moderating everything is usually a good idea. But it’s entirely possible to brush your teeth too little, which isn’t a good idea. If you don’t brush your teeth often enough, your dentist will know the difference. Brushing your teeth too much, however, can be just as harmful. Brushing twice a day, for about two minutes each, is optimal.
You Shouldn’t Use Tooth Whitening Products
Attempting to use do-it-yourself tooth whitening products won’t always work out for the best. However, professional tooth whitening treatments are immensely beneficial. Professional products are much safer and much more reliable – for instance, these products won’t damage the enamel protecting your teeth. Also, professional tooth whitening can make your teeth much whiter and brighter than home products can manage. If you’re unsure about what to do, it might be best to trust your dentist for this procedure.
Stiff Bristles on Toothbrushes Are Best
You might think that stiffer bristles on toothbrushes mean that they will clean your teeth better. If you’re looking to replace your latest toothbrush, consult with your dentist. Chances are, they’ll recommend medium bristles or softer bristles altogether. Rough brushing can cause unintended damage – after all, you’re not trying scrub down fruits or vegetables. Gentler brushing techniques are more beneficial, as they can remove food debris, eliminate traces of tartar and plaque, and invigorate your gums. However, if you find your toothbrush is fraying too quickly, it might be a sign that you’re brushing too intensely.
No Sugar, No Cavities
Reducing your sugar intake is good for your health. But just because you stop eating sweets, it doesn’t automatically stop cavities from forming. Cavities are formed by bacteria, not just by the presence of sugar. If you improve your overall diet and cut back on sodas, juices, and sweets, both your oral health and your overall health will improve.
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