Common Dental Myths

Coca Cola will rot your teeth – false or fact? There are a lot of things we’re told growing up when it comes to teeth health and we’re going to come clean on the top 10.

  1. As long as my teeth seem fine and I’m not experiencing any problems, I don’t need to go to the dentist – Regular check ups at the dentist are extremely important because there’s only so much you can see inside your mouth. You may think that your teeth are fine, but a visit to the dentist will confirm that. If there is something wrong, it’s much easier to treat if it’s found early on, and this will only happen if you’ve seen a dentist.
  2. My teeth are white, so they must be healthy – Although they might look great, just because you have white teeth doesn’t mean they’re healthy. Regardless of the colour of your teeth, you still need to keep your teeth healthy by brushing regularly, flossing and visiting the dentist every 12 months.
  3. There is fluoride in water – Fluoride is found in the public water supply to reduce tooth decay, at a level that is effective for preventing cavities.
  4. Only the sugar in sweets is bad for my teeth – While these types of foods don’t do any favours for your teeth, natural food such as dried fruit and fresh juice can also cause tooth decay. Be wary of sugar levels in all food and drink you consume and try to avoid them between meals.
  5. Bad breath is from inadequate tooth brushing – In most cases, bad breath is caused by poor oral hygiene. Make sure you’re regularly brushing and flossing, eating healthy food and drinks, and exercising to avoid bad breath.
  6. Bleaching your teeth is dangerous – In the 1990’s, the materials used to bleach teeth were acidic and would actually break down enamel, but the materials used in today’s whitening agents aren’t harmful to the enamel.
  7. Brushing your bleeding gums is bad – Brushing is good for your teeth, gums and tongue. It gets rid of plaque which is what causes inflammation, gingivitis and gum disease. The trick is to brush your gums softly to keep the gum tissue clean.
  8. Flossing is not as important as brushing – Flossing isn’t promoted as much as brushing, but it’s just as important. If you don’t floss, you’re missing almost 33% of your tooth surface which can lead to a build-up of bacteria and turn into gum disease.
  9. Scaling can weaken teeth – Scaling removes tartar that accumulates on teeth. Although teeth may temporarily become sensitive after scaling, this doesn’t mean they’re weakened.
  10. Whitening products ruin your teeth – Tooth whitening is perfectly safe for your teeth as long as it’s applied correctly. Some products can increase teeth sensitivity; professional teeth whitening will keep your teeth healthy and white.

Contact us if you need advice on how to care for your teeth to or if you’re unhappy with the colour.