by Sheila Macintyre, Practice Owner, Kilbarchan Dental Practice
True or False?
There is lots of misinformation about oral health so we thought it would be good to put the record straight! Here are our top 5 myth-busters:
1. White teeth are healthier - FALSE
Teeth vary in shade from person to person and we still find cavities and infections whatever the shade. A good oral health regime and regular check-ups are the most important factors in maintaining healthy teeth.
2. Scrubbing your teeth when brushing causes damage to teeth and gums - TRUE
Vigorous over-cleaning and/or applying too much pressure can lead to enamel damage, gum recession and tooth sensitivity. Ask your dental hygienist about the best teeth-brushing technique or invest in an electric toothbrush with pressure sensor and timer.
3. Over-brushing makes your gums bleed - FALSE
The truth is that bleeding gums are often a sign that plaque and food particles are accumulating along your gum line and the gums have become irritated and inflamed. You actually need to brush more thoroughly (take note of 2. above) to remove the offending articles if you want the bleeding to stop. We recommend the use of inter-dental brushes to get rid of hard-to-reach areas. If the bleeding persists go and see your dentist.
4. Sipping drinks is better for your teeth - FALSE
“Chugging” or gulping down sugary or acidic drinks is much better for your teeth. You will limit the time that your teeth are exposed to a low pH and you are less likely to continually coat your teeth in a film of sugar and provide a feast for bacteria. We recommend water as the most tooth-friendly drink.
5. Chewing gum is good for your teeth - TRUE
Evidence has shown that incorporating sugar-free gum into our busy lifestyles can improve our oral health. Saliva helps replace the minerals that the enamel has lost after eating. Chewing sugar free gum after eating or drinking helps you produce more saliva to significantly speed up the recovery process.