Demystifying Some Common Oral Hygiene Related Myths

September 16, 2016 by Dr. Emanuel Layliev Blog, Dentistry

thinkstockphotos-77137368Oral hygiene can be a confusing issue because of the different myths that are spread around the internet. Identifying these myths may give you the help that’s required to make sense of what proper oral hygiene actually entails. Here are some common myths to be aware of:

  • White teeth are healthy teeth: It’s actually not true that a set of white teeth are healthy 100% of the time. White teeth may have cavities or an infection, all health problems that are unrelated to whether the teeth are white or not.
  • Sugar is the main culprit behind cavities: While it’s true that sugar can cause cavities, it isn’t the biggest contributing factor. Bacteria produces acid in your mouth and that in turn can result in cavities, which can come from a variety of food sources.
  • Gum disease isn’t common: You’d be surprised by just how common gum disease actually is. Studies have shown that individuals aged over 65 have a 65% chance of having gum disease. As people age the chances of gum disease increases dramatically.
  • You need to brush after every meal: Most people have been led to believe that brushing is required after every meal. However, tooth enamel is one of the hardest substances in the human body and has plenty of ways to defend itself and brushing too often or too hard could lead to a breakdown of this important substance.

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