Dental Myth 1 – You cannot brush your teeth too much
Excessive brushing or excessive force when brushing can be just as bad as not brushing at all. Extended periods of excessive brushing can wear down the enamel on your teeth and damage your gums, leading to sensitivity and complications.
Duncraig Dental Care recommendation: brush for 2-3 minutes twice a day with a good quality soft brush.
2 – Cola can dissolve a tooth overnight
That being said it is not going to do a tooth any good sitting in a glass of fizzy sugary liquid. This dental myth has been circulating since the 1950’s. Luckily our drinks do not sit in our mouths overnight and we have saliva, which if it is at a neutral pH level, is a wonderfully protective substance. Studies have found today’s sports and energy drinks can cause more erosion to tooth enamel than soda itself, and it doesn’t help they’re often consumed when the drinker is dehydrated, which weakens saliva’s protective properties for tooth enamel.
Duncraig Dental Care recommendation: opt for a glass of water if you can!
3 – Eating sugar is bad for my teeth
Bacteria in our mouth converts the sugars to acid which can damage our teeth over time, this is called demineralisation, luckily, once again, our saliva can come to the rescue to neutralise the acids. The worst offenders are hard lollies or cough lozenges, which we keep in our mouth for an extended time.
Duncraig Dental Care recommendation: opt for a sugar free lozenge or mint.
4 – I need to visit my dentist every 6 months
A bit of both
Most patients do require 6 monthly visits, however, if you have great oral hygiene and are brushing twice a day and flossing regularly, we may advise you to visit us on a less frequent basis. On the other hand, if you have periodontitis we may recommend more frequent appointments every 3-4 months to treat and maintain your gums.
Duncraig Dental Care recommendation: check with us at your next visit and keep up your daily dental routine.
5 – Whitening will damage my teeth
Whitening under a dentists supervision and guidance will not damage healthy teeth, however if the tooth is unhealthy, for example by decay then further damage could be done. Care needs to be taken when whitening your teeth to keep the whitening agent off the gums and surrounding tissue as this can cause a burn of the area. When considering whitening there are some other things to consider such as whether you have fillings, implants or crowns which will not change colour in the same way as your natural teeth. (read more…)
Duncraig Dental Care recommendation: check with us before using whitening products and visit the Australian Dental Association quick facts page.